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A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature

An aerial drone patrols a forest.

Experts assembled by the U.K.'s University of Leeds assessed opportunities and challenges facing cutting-edge technology in urban nature and green spaces.

Credit: University of Leeds (U.K.)

An international team of more than 170 experts led by the U.K.'s University of Leeds evaluated the opportunities and challenges facing the use of robotic technology for urban nature and green space.

Former Leeds researcher Mark Goddard said, "Understanding how robotics and autonomous systems will affect our interaction with nature is vital for ensuring that our future cities support wildlife that is accessible to all."

Robotics, autonomous vehicles, and drones could help reduce existing pollution and traffic congestion, but they also might produce their own pollution, so cities may require re-planning to accommodate them.

Leeds' Martin Dallimer said, "We need to make sure that the public, policymakers, and robotics developers are aware of the potential pros and cons, so we can avoid detrimental consequences and fully realize the benefits."

From University of Leeds (U.K.)
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