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A robotic, prosthetic leg

Space motor helps make robotic prosthetic leg more comfortable and extends battery life

Getting rid of some gears enabled a free-swinging knee, regenerative braking and brought the noise level down from vacuum cleaner to fridge.|Short Read
A man stacks cubes using a prosthetic arm

‘It’s like you have a hand again’

An ultra-precise mind-controlled prosthetic|Medium Read
A screenshot of the VR research environment.

How can pedestrians trust autonomous vehicles

Utilizing a unique VR set-up, researchers uncover a certain amount of trust to encourage, but not harm, pedestrians. |Medium Read
Professors Lionel Robert and X. Jessie Yang stand in front of an autonomous vehicle at Mcity

What humans want, in an automated car

U-M researchers examined how a person’s perception of safety in an autonomous vehicle was influenced by its “personality” traits.|Medium Read
A nail gun attached to an octocopter. Credit: Matthew Romano, Michigan Robotics, University of Michigan.

Roofing drone nails down shingles

Automated drone does work at the same speed as a novice roofer, researcher says.|Medium Read
Prof. Chad Jenkins, seen here with a Fetch robot

A quicker eye for robotics to help in our cluttered, human environments

New algorithm can help robots go from structured environments like factories to complex, unstructured places like our homes. |Medium Read
Man stepping over puddle in rain

Teaching self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement

Data gleaned from cameras and sensors increases predictive accuracy.|Medium Read
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: European Space Agency

U-M researchers to help unravel Mercury, solar system mysteries

In ESA's BepiColombo mission, an examination of the particles in Mercury's upper atmosphere will shed light on what the planet is made of.|Medium Read
two driverless shuttles parked on the road

Mcity Driverless Shuttle launches on U-M’s North Campus

U-M’s North Campus is now home to the first driverless shuttle project in the U.S. focusing on user behavior research.|Medium Read
Drone flying at night in the M-Air facility

M-Air autonomous aerial vehicle outdoor lab opens

Michigan Engineering now hosts advanced robotics facilities for land, air, sea, and space.|Medium Read
Driverless shuttle in Detroit, Michigan.

U-M startup May Mobility blazes toward autonomous fleet market

Driverless shuttles hit the streets in downtown Detroit.|Medium Read

The beanbag test

It’s one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff?|Medium Read