YPC Technologies, which is developing kitchen automation, has raised seed funding after participating in Toyota AI Ventures’ call for smart-city innovations.
Robotics investments recap: June 2020
In June 2020, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, and mobile robots benefitted from an uptick in funding.
Third Wave Automation raises Series A round for ‘shared autonomy’ forklift
Third Wave Automation today emerged from stealth with Series A funding and machine learning to help forklifts work with remote operators.
ElliQ beta testing shows how robots can relieve isolation for older people
Intuition Robotics, which raised funding shortly before global shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has reported positive results from beta testing of its ElliQ digital companion in relieving isolation among older people.
Embodied designs Moxie for children’s social, cognitive, and emotional development
While other social robotics startups have struggled, Embodied has spent the past four years developing Moxie to help children with social interactions.
Toyota AI Ventures extends call for connected city innovations
Toyota AI Ventures has renewed its call for innovative startups to submit technologies that solve urban challenges for up to $2 million in funding.
Intuition Robotics raises $36M for cognitive agents for seniors, smart vehicles
Intuition Robotics, which has developed the ElliQ social companion for older adults and the Q cognitive agent, has received funding from investors including Toyota AI Ventures, iRobot, and Samsung.
Bumblebee Spaces gets Series A funding, including investment from Toyota AI Ventures
Robotic furniture startup Bumblebee Spaces has joined Toyota AI Ventures portfolio of service robots along with its Series A funding.
Cartica and Moodify join Toyota AI Ventures’ investment portfolio
Toyota AI Ventures has invested in Cartica AI, which is developing a perception platform for autonomous vehicles, and Moodify, which applies scents to affect drivers’ moods.
Toyota AI Ventures looks for Fund 2 partners to find where robotics is heading
Toyota AI Ventures is looking for innovative startups for its second $100 million fund. Learn about its criteria, the types of companies receiving investment, and Toyota’s outlook for the short and long term.
Robotics investments recap: May 2019
May 2019 might have been a slow month for robotics transactions, but investors are still bullish on robots, autonomous vehicles, and AI for supply chain, healthcare, and food applications.
Self-driving car startup Aurora acquires Blackmore for Doppler lidar tech
Which is better for self-driving cars — multiple sensors including lidar, or cameras? Aurora Innovation is betting on Doppler lidar innovator Blackmore Sensors and Analytics.
Toyota AI Ventures launches second $100M fund for robotics, autonomous mobility startups
Toyota AI Ventures, the investment arm of the Toyota Research Institute, will continue looking for startups to invest in and strengthen its portfolio services.
Driverless investment tops $1.6B so far this month
After last week’s $582 million in funding for autonomous vehicle companies, you might think that driverless investment would coast for a while. However, this week saw more than $1 billion in support for developing self-driving cars and trucks. President’s Day is traditionally the time for car sales, but the automakers and big technology companies are…
May Mobility Raises $11.5M for Self-Driving Shuttles
May Mobility, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based startup founded in early 2017 that’s developing self-driving shuttles, raised $11.5 million in seed investment from Toyota AI Ventures and BMW i Ventures. The self-driving shuttles are being developed for college campuses, central business districts and other low-speed, geofenced applications. May Mobility, which has raised $11.6 million to date,…