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Google parent to pull plug on bipedal robot development

Tokyo-born unit Schaft lost its way after departure of robot chief Andy Rubin

Bipedal robots developed by Schaft are designed to save human lives at disaster sites.

TOKYO -- Alphabet, the holding company behind Google, will cease development of bipedal robots, giving up on the prospect of early commercialization. The company is expected to dissolve the project later this year and relocate employees involved in development to other departments within Alphabet or help them find jobs elsewhere.

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