The Israeli army wants to create an automated vacuum cleaner that can detect and vacuum up human corpses.
It’s called Pepper Robot and is being developed by Autel Robots, the Israeli company behind the Pepper Robot 2.0, which was announced in February.
The robot is capable of operating autonomously, meaning it will not be in control of the process.
The robot will use a camera mounted in the front of the robot to detect the presence of corpses and vacuum them up.
It will then autonomously drive itself to the site and dispose of the corpses in a nearby dumpster.
Autel Robotics CEO Gideon Rabinovitch told The Jerusalem Report that the robot will be “designed to clean up the battlefield, not to carry out routine work.”
He said that the military was the “only target” for Pepper Robot as the robot is expected to be able to do a much better job at destroying “infantry and vehicles.”
“We have designed Pepper Robot to be an armored vehicle, it can also destroy a truck and a vehicle, and it can destroy a building,” Rabinowitz said.
“We are not looking at military vehicles, but we are looking at the entire army.”
In the future, the military hopes to develop an automated robot capable of killing soldiers with precision.
Rabinowitz did not mention whether the military plans to buy the Pepper Robots, but it is possible.
The IDF’s military procurement policy states that “the military may acquire only technology that can be applied to a specific military need,” and does not specifically state what those needs are.
Rafael Hernández, the head of the Israeli Civil Defense, said that there is a “need” for robots that can “defeat” enemy soldiers.
“There is no military need for robots,” Hernán told The Israel Hayom daily newspaper in April.
“They do not work, they do not do the job.
We need robots to fight the IDF and protect the country.
There is no reason for a robot to destroy soldiers.”
The military’s robotic army is still very young, and its capabilities are still in development.
The Defense Ministry is currently developing robots that could “defend the borders of Israel” and “destroy enemy troops,” Hensarling said.
In addition to its armored robots, Israel has also developed robots to “dispose of human bodies,” but it’s unclear if those will be available to the military for use in combat.
Rabble reported in March that the Israeli military is developing “specially adapted robots for the use of soldiers in battle,” but those robots were still in the testing phase at the time.
The military is not publicly sharing information about the robots’ capabilities, which could be classified, but according to an official in the military’s Robotics Directorate, they are “designed with the capability to defeat an enemy’s military force.”
The Israeli military’s robot vacuum program is also being considered by the United States, Israel’s longtime ally, which is planning to buy about 1,000 Pepper Robots.
In addition to Israel, the U.S. is considering purchasing a few Pepper Robots in the United Kingdom and France, according to Reuters.