Alphabet Inc. has set out its robotic division “Boston Dynamics” for quite some time now as the relationship of both companies begun to come off. Hence, Google sold its division to a buyer for an undisclosed fee.
Subsequently, to distance the company from a platform it plans on parting with, it posted negative sentiments on its official forum.
The reason behind the fallout of the Google and Boston Dynamics was their difference in visions. Marc Raibert founded Boston Dynamics in 1992, in which a four-legged robot was developed and has worked on their movements, agility and speed.
In 2013, Google has acquired the company, in addition to another eight robotics firm, which formed the robotics division of Google “Replicant”.
The founder of Android Andy Rubin was chosen as the head of the Replicant, and he was often silent on the plans of his company, not anticipating product development to be consumer ready for quite some time.
Robotics Division Management
Mr. Rubin’s management style implies that the robotics division has the freedom to perform and lead experiments, including working on their projects freely and independently. He aimed for all companies in the robotics division to learn from their mistakes, as well as pushed them to continue bringing new ideas.
In his robotics division, he aimed to develop their visions, given the freedom to innovate without limit. Thus, the division directly took Andy Rubin’s management style, which are innovating, learn from their mistakes and developed better ideas in robotics in the process.
Apparently, a year after the company has made its robotics division “Replicant”, Andy Rubin left the company, which took things worst.
Subsequently, after Mr. Rubin’s exit, the company was left with a huge management vacuum that no one in the company could fill. His background in robotics, including his passion and love for robotic innovation and development could not be matched by his substitutes.
As part of the new management, the robotics division has started kicking-off robotic developments, which can be used around the house or in an office for easier tasks, but the firm remained unclear on how to begin with.
However, Boston Dynamics decided to pursue a different approach in contrast to Google’s implementation. Boston Dynamics pushed its own research instead of developing consumer products that Google desired.
Hearing this, it has led a disagreement between both companies. Thus, Google has decided to sell off the Boston Robotics division to Toyota for an undisclosed fee.