Woven Planet said this acquisition will play a key role in the development of its Arene vehicle development platform.
Toyota strengthens autonomous vehicle play with Carmera acquisition
HD mapping startup Carmera and Toyota collaborated on multiple projects from 2018-2020 in Detroit, Michigan, and Japan.
Lyft sells self-driving unit to Toyota for $550M
The consolidation of the capital-intensive autonomous vehicle industry continued today. While Lyft is the latest company to abandon the development of autonomous vehicles, it won’t be the last. Lyft sold its self-driving unit, Level 5, to Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings for $550 million in cash. Lyft will receive $200 million upfront and $350 million…
Toyota Industries Corporation launches global autonomous vehicle software development company
Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) announces the creation of a new company called T-Hive. The new company is a partnership between Toyota L&F, Bastian Solutions, Toyota Forklifts, Vanderlande, Toyota Material Handling and Raymond. T-Hive B.V. will be based in The Netherlands and be led by Léon Jansen. T-Hive’s main focus will be to provide a seamless control system over all autonomous…
Aurora partners with Denso, Toyota on robotaxi development
We posed the following question on a recent episode of The Robot Report Podcast: why did Aurora buy Uber’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG)? Well, it appears access to Uber’s existing investors and partners was a big reason why. Aurora today announced a partnership with Toyota and Denso. The companies will develop a fleet of autonomous…
Phoenix Instinct team wins $1M first prize in Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge
Phoenix Instinct, one oof the five finalists in the Mobility Unlimited Challenge run by the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta Challenges,
EvoWalk, Quix teams talk about progress in Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge
The Toyota Unlimited Mobility Challenge will soon announce the winner of the $1 million first prize, and we caught up with the two U.S.-based teams among the five finalists working on EvoWalk and Quix wearable devices.
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.
Soft Bubble Gripper a step toward domestic robots, says Toyota Research Institute
The Soft Bubble Gripper developed by a Toyota Research Institute team combines sensors and advanced materials to more safely handle objects in a step toward household robots.
Woven Capital to be unified $800M fund from Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development
Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development has announced Woven Capital, a new $800 million fund that it said will consolidate support for R&D into smart cities, connected vehicles, and autonomous vehicles.
Aisin Seiki joins StradVision investment for autonomous vehicle algorithms
Aisin Group, the sixth-largest Tier 1 automotive supplier in the world, has joined the latest fundraising of StradVision, which is developing algorithms for camera-based autonomous and advanced driver-assistance systems.
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.
Woven City: Toyota’s ‘living laboratory’ for autonomous cars & robots
Just like its host city of Las Vegas, there is a lot of noise at CES. Sifting through the lights, sounds and people can be an arduous task even for the most experienced attendees. Hidden past the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is a walkway to a tech oasis housed in…
Warehouse automation market to grow globally, finds Interact Analysis
Interact Analysis looks at the global market for warehouse automation and identifies the leading integrators in each region.
Toyota Research Institute teaches mobile manipulator with VR, simulation
Toyota Research Institute shared its latest research on how to train a mobile manipulator for complex household tasks.
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.
CARMERA builds HD maps for autonomous vehicles in Brooklyn
Self-driving cars are not yet a common sight in New York City, but CARMERA, a company building centimeter-level street maps, is part of autonomous vehicle trials in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Preferred Networks, Toyota agree to jointly develop service robots
Using Toyota’s Human Support Robot as a base, the two companies will accelerate development by sharing their respective technologies.
Scale AI raises $100M Series C for annotation services to train AI
Scale AI has raised Series C funding for its annotation services, which can help train machine learning for its customers. They include leader companies working on self-driving cars, robots, and other systems.
TRI tackles manipulation research for reliable, robust human-assist robots
Toyota Research Institute’s VP of robotics research explains how TRI is working on algorithmic techniques and simulation to improve manipulation for human-assist robots, eventually in the home.
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.