Oil company Exxon Mobil is working on a mobile oil-fielding robot that can run on oil and gas.
The machine will use sensors and actuators to navigate the drilling field and drill oil, gas, or mineral deposits in remote locations, according to the company.
The company will be able to drill oil and natural gas from up to 100 feet away.
The device can also automatically detect whether there are rocks nearby, analyze data on surface properties and determine if a rock is a good location for oil drilling.
It will also be able drill oil from up a meter deep, which is equivalent to drilling a well about a mile away, according the company’s website.
The company is working with a team of 20 engineers from Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon Robotics, Carnegie Institution of Technology, and Texas Instruments, the company said in a statement.
It also has a partner company, Drexel University, that will help develop the machine, the statement said.
The announcement comes a few weeks after the University of Texas at Austin also announced plans to build a self-driving car.