A U.S. ITC judge also rejected AutoStore’s request to ban Ocado, and its partners, from making and selling the products involved and from importing them into the U.S.
While investment in robotics and automation continued apace in November 2020, the total amount was about half of what it was in the same month a year ago.
Ocado, a leading British online supermarket, has acquired two U.S.-based robotics companies for $287 million in hopes of making its warehouses more efficient. Ocado purchased San Francisco-based Kindred Systems, which specializes in robotic piece-picking, for about $262 million and Las Vegas-based Haddington Dynamics, a developer of low-cost robotic arms, for about $25 million. The acquisitions…
AutoStore alleges its AS/RS system and robots are the foundation on which Ocado’s Smart Platform was built.
The SecondHands consortium said it has completed development of the ARMAR-6 humanoid robot, which includes advances in machine learning, natural language processing, and robotic manipulation.
Online grocer Ocado, robotic satellite tender firm MDA, and autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility raised the most money in December 2019.