Boasting human-friendly appearances and capabilities, JackRabbot 2 is a new campus-roaming social robot developed by researchers at Stanford University. While the JackRabbot 2 is already capable of navigating the expansive campus, the ultimate goal of the robot is to accomplish this task while navigating the hordes of people. This focus on "being in human environments with humans,” distinguishes the robot from its counterparts and positions the robot as a distinct automaton meant to understand human social conventions.
To navigate its surroundings, the JackRabbot 2 utilizes a collection of sensors to navigate the world. These include multiple depth-sensing and stereo cameras, GPS and three LIDAR sensors. The collection of sensors crammed in the JackRabbot 2 help the robot define the space around it in three dimensions.