Freedom Robotics explains how it helped support the ERC Space and Robotics Event with teleoperation and remote monitoring software, as well as lessons learned for industrial automation.
FedEx’s Aaron Prather on AMR standards, Boston Dynamics sale rumors; looking at AV fundings
In the latest episode of The Robot Report Podcast, we speak with Aaron Prather, senior advisor for technology, research, and planning at FedEx, about robotics opportunities in logistics, as well as about recent autonomous vehicle deals.
Pony.ai partners to mass produce self-driving cars as Series C brings valuation to $5.3B
Pony.ai will be working with China FAW Group on design and manufacturing of its robotaxis and autonomous trucks. The company completed Series C fundraising of $267 million.
Cognitive Agro Pilot reaps 720,000 tons of crops across Russia in 2020 harvest
Cognitive Agro Pilot, the AI-based vision and autonomy system from Cognitive Pilot, helped farmers across Russia with their fall harvests.
BIONIK Laboratories applies robotics, AI, and data analysis to neurological rehabilitation
BIONIK Laboratories, which provides three InMotion therapeutic robots for neurological rehabilitation and the InMotion Connect data management system, is an example of how developers of assistive technology can work with hospitals.
Space exploration, robot partners require new algorithms for safety, says IEEE Fellow
Panagiotis Tsiotras, an IEEE Fellow and Georgia Tech professor, describes some of his research into improving autonomy on the ground and in space and why it’s an exciting time to be a robotics student.
Analyzing the Bossa Nova-Walmart separation; autonomous yard trucks with Outrider
In Episode 23 of The Robot Report Podcast, our editors discuss robotics in retail with the CEO of Simbe Robotics, autonomous vehicles in shipping yards with Outrider’s CEO, and some of the latest applications of the Spot quadruped.
Walmart ends five year inventory robot contract with Bossa Nova Robotics — updated
Walmart has ended its five-year contract for inventory robots from Bossa Nova Robotics, reports The Wall Street Journal. This is a setback for robots in retail, as demand shifts and technologists seek to automate various tasks.
InnovizTwo lidar designed to ease path from ‘L2+’ to L3 autonomous vehicles
Innoviz Technologies said its InnovizTwo perception system makes it more affordable for carmakers to validate Level 2+ autonomous vehicles for safety, with a path to Level 3 with software updates.
Inside Canada’s robotics ecosystem, world’s spookiest robots, Miso’s restaurant robots
In Episode 22 of The Robot Report Podcast, we learn about Invest Ottawa’s and Canada’s initiatives around drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles at Area X.O, as well as Miso Robotics’ expansion with White Castle, not to mention Halloween scares.
Light launches Clarity camera system to accurate autonomous vehicle vision
Light has launched Clarity, a multiview perception platform enabling vehicles to see 1 km with 20 times the detail of lidar. The company said Clarity’s range, accuracy, and detail can improve vehicle safety.
White Castle to expand deployment of Miso Robotics’ Flippy ROAR to 10 sites
White Castle has ordered up 10 additional deployments of Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail from Miso Robotics after a promising initial test. The companies said the frying robot will improve customer and team member experiences.
YPC Technologies raises seed funding for robot kitchens with Toyota AI Ventures support
YPC Technologies, which is developing kitchen automation, has raised seed funding after participating in Toyota AI Ventures’ call for smart-city innovations.
Neo 2 cleaning robot includes Avidbots updates for AI and fleet management
Avidbots’ founders said that the additional sensors and software integrated into the Neo 2 floor-cleaning robot will help it be useful in a variety of locations, from warehouses to airports and retail stores.
Lunar exploration challenge for mini robot payloads enters a second phase
In the “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload, The Sequel” challenge, HeroX and NASA are looking for community support for 14 existing teams developing miniature payloads for lunar exploration robots.
Kespry Perception Analytics uses Microsoft Azure for geospatial analysis of drone data
Kespry said its Kespry Perception Analytics cloud-based system is designed for industries including chemicals, pulp and paper, energy, food and beverage, and ports.
Einride AET vehicles to offer four levels of autonomous freight hauling worldwide
Einride said that businesses worldwide can pre-order its Autonomous Electric Transport, or AET vehicles, the next generation of its semi-autonomous Pods.
SkyOp offers online education, consulting services for enterprise drone deployments
SkyOp said its new consulting services, along with its existing training curriculum and online offerings, can help enterprises realize ROI from drone deployments.
Robotics investments recap: September 2020
In September 2020, healthcare robotics, drones for inspection, and industrial automation received funding, but transactions slowed for autonomous vehicle developers.
Toyota Research Institute shows service robot prototypes in virtual open house
Toyota Research Institute demonstrated its research into machine learning, simulation, and manipulation in a virtual open house, which included a ceiling-mounted kitchen gantry robot.
PTR Robots announces mobile robot for both lifting and rehabilitating patients
PTR Robots, a unit of “venture factory” Blue Ocean Robotics, said its mobile system can reduce strain on caregivers and aid with both lifting and rehabilitating patients.
Einride Pods generate revenue as Swedish autonomous freight provider raises $10M
Swedish self-driving truck provider Einride said its Einride Pods are already generating revenue and its Mobility Platform is optimized for electric and autonomous fleets.