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Robots, AI and helicopter car on show at technology fair in Germany

Hannover, Germany, Apr 1 (efe-epa).- Cutting-edge technology, artificial intelligence and the latest robots were on display Monday in Hannover at one of the world’s largest industrial shows.

Thousands of companies from around the world came to showcase the latest developments in robotic engineering and industry at this year's Hannover Industry Fair (Hannover Messe) in Germany.

Autonomous electronic vehicles, huge robotic arms holding whole cars aloft, a helicopter car and robots that can sort fruit were among the inventions on display.

"Integrated Industry -- Industrial Intelligence" was the theme of this year's fair, exploring the relationship between humans and machines in the age of artificial intelligence.

Dr Jochen Köckler, chairman of the managing board of the show's organizer, Deutsche Messe, said: "Artificial intelligence is the heart of Industry 4.0.

"The ability it gives us to analyze vast amounts of data and arrive at informed decisions is what makes customized mass production possible,” he added.

He highlighted developments such as collaborative human-robot workstations in which robots assist their human counterparts and allow them to concentrate on tasks that require higher cognitive ability.

The event also hosted a fully functional test 5G network in one of the exhibition halls for the first time this year, giving providers and users the chance to see what the new technology will be capable of.

Köckler said: "The ability to transfer large volumes of data in real time while maintaining high standards of data security is absolutely fundamental to the digital integration of industry.”

The network included eight showcases with highlights such as industrial robots managed and controlled via 5G and a model automotive production plant.

"The world has never seen such a diverse range of 5G industrial use examples in a real, working 5G network, all under one roof,” Köckler added.

There will also be a Future of Work in Industry conference which will focus on how the digital transformation of industry is affecting the way people work and how companies can get their workforces ready for the future.

The event is taking place over five days, from Apr. 1 to 5, at the Hannover Fairground, with 6,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and regions. EFE-EPA

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