Pudu Robotics plans to use the latest round of funding to build a new production base expanding the company’s production capacity.
10 industries China is focusing on automating
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has created a new action plan called the “Robot + Application Action Plan.”
IFR: China surpasses U.S. in robot density
China now has more industrial robots per 10,000 workers than the United States, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).
ABB opens robotics mega factory in Shanghai
ABB opened a new 67,000-square-meter robotics factory in Kangquiao, Shanghai, China last week.
IFR: China’s robot installations rose by 44% in 2021
China’s industrial robotics market saw 243,300 installations in 2021, a 44% increase from the year before, according to the IFR.
Commercial UAV update; Product leadership with Kishore Boyalakuntla
This week’s podcast reviews the latest developments in UAVs and a deep dive into product management with Kishore Boyalakuntla.
AI: chipset bans and keeping humans in the loop
This week’s podcast discusses situations in which AI and machine learning still come up short for robotics systems and how a human-in-the-loop system can help solve edge cases in real-time.
How AI chipset bans could impact Chinese robotics companies
The US is restricting the sale of the most powerful artificial intelligence processors to China.
Driverless cars now legal in Shenzhen
The regulations, set to take effect on August 1, grant permission for autonomous vehicles to operate with no driver present in certain parts of the city.
XPENG Robotics brings in $100M for its quadruped robot
XPENG Robotics’ first product will be a quadruped robot with autonomous navigation, and equipped with a robotic arm.
Reports: major layoffs at Pudu Robotics
Reports from Chinese media outlets about the number of layoffs at Pudu Robotics vary, with some reporting layoffs of up to 1,500.
China’s Chang’E-5 team determines source of lunar water
Chang’E-5 landed on the moon in December 2020 and was tasked with collecting lunar rocks and soil to bring back to Earth.
Horizon Robotics releases robot development platform
The Horizon Hobot Platform consists of the company’s Sunrise chip, the TogetherROS operating system, Boxs reference algorithm, robot application examples and supporting development tools.
VisionNav Robotics closes $80M for AGVs
VisionNav’s AGVs include forklifts, indoor and outdoor autonomous tractors and BrightEye, its smart AGV system.
Unitree closes Series B round for quadruped robots
Unitree plans to use the funding to increase construction on its mass production lines and strengthen its existing production lines.
Pony.ai to launch robotaxi fleet in Guangzhou, China
Pony.ai will integrate its autonomous technology into GAC vehicles, which can be hailed using Ontime’s platform or Pony.ai’s PonyPilot+ app.
Yuanhua Intelligent Technologies announces financing round
Cornerstone Capital, a Chinese private equity investment institution, led the funding round for Yuanhua Intelligent Technologies.
FedEx launches sorting robot with DoraBot
DoraSorter, a collaboration between Fedex and DoraBot, is deployed at FedEx’s e-commerce shipment sorting center in Guangzhou, China.
IFR weighs in on China’s five-year plan for robotics
The International Federation of Robotics gave insight on China’s current place in the world market and the significance of the 5-year plan.
White Rhino raises $7M for delivery robots
White Rhino’s Level 4 vehicles are similar to Nuro’s R2. White Rhino has remote operators onhand to get its vehicles out of tricky situations.
ABB, HASCO drive smart manufacturing in China’s auto industry
The partnership, which includes a 40% stake by ABB in the joint venture, will expand the use of smart technologies and artificial intelligence within the industry.
How realistic is China’s five-year plan for robotics?
Georg Stieler, managing director for China at international consulting firm STM Stieler, shares his thoughts on China’s five-year plan.