Audi opens research facility to study bees with a robot

audi smart hobos robot bee research

The robot arm in the Smart Hobos high-tech beehive is fitted with state-of-the-art camera systems: 3D sensors as well as infrared and heat-sensitive cameras record the bees and their activities

Audi is using robots to help bees from going extinct 

Bees pollinate about 80 percent of our agricultural plants and wild vegetation, so life without bees is almost impossible.

Too little pollination would have severe consequences – both environmental and economic. With the worldwide unique “Smart Hobos” (HoneyBee Online Studies) project, the Audi Stiftung für Umwelt (Audi Environmental Foundation) and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg are working to protect these vital and fascinating insects.

Audi today opened a research station at its production site in Münchsmünster. The first bees will soon move into their new home.

The opening ceremony was attended by:

  • Professor Dr Hubert Waltl, board of management member for production at Audi and chairman of the board of trustees of the Audi Environmental Foundation;
  • Christoph Hillenbrand, district president of Upper Bavaria;
  • Professor Dr Barbara Sponholz, vice president of Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg; and
  • bee expert Professor Dr Jürgen Tautz.

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