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    South Korean Robotics Firm to Unveil Transformer-Like Electric Cars Next Year

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    According to media reports, South Korean robotics company announced Wednesday it plans to unveil an electric sports car which can transform into a robot sometime next year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) South Korean robotics company Honkook Mirae Technology announced Wednesday it plans to unveil an electric sports car which can transform into a robot sometime next year.

    "So far, no company in the world has produced a similar giant biped walking robot … I'm proud that our technological competitiveness is already the world's best," Chairman of Honkook Mirae Technology Yang Jin-ho told Yonhap news agency.

    According to the media outlet, Yang said that it took one year and a budget of 20 billion won ($16.6 million) to build the transforming car, named Method 2. When standing, the robot is 4 meters tall (13 feet) and weighs 1.5 tons.

    While Method 2 can only walk slowly on the ground, the chairman outlined plans to send the transforming car to a Japanese nuclear power plant to help decommission its nuclear facilities.

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