36 robotics investments accounted for US $620M, with funding for firms providing drone enabled data and analytics services particularly strong.
Keys to developing autonomous vehicle software
APEX.AI co-founder Dejan Pangercic discusses software development for autonomous vehicles.
January 2023 Robotics Investments Total $521M
Robotics funding for the month of January 2023 totaled US $521M, the result of 41 investments. Firms providing robotics solutions for autonomous ground transportation such as sensors, autonomy ‘stacks’ and ‘drivers’, and autonomous platforms, was particularly strong.
What Slowdown? – December 2022 Robotics Investments Reaches $1.14B
December 2022’s 55 robotics investments totaled US $1.14B, a 7.7% increase over December 2021’s funding total. Investment into companies providing robotics solutions for autonomous ground transportation such as sensors, autonomy ‘stacks’ and ‘drivers’, and whole cloth systems, was particularly strong.
RGo Robotics CEO Amir Bousani on Perception for Mobile Robots
In Episode 79 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman are joined by Amir Bousani, co-founder and CEO of RGo Robotics, to discuss the state of perception for mobile robots.
Field Robotics Engineering Forum Call for Presentations Deadline Extended to July 8th
The Field Robotics Engineering Forum seeks session submissions that focus on the design and development of robotics systems that operate in outdoor, unstructured and dynamic environments, such as construction worksites, open mines, and farm fields, as well as busy urban centers.
Why Robots Need to See
The autonomous vehicle and robotics sectors often employ LiDAR as the primary system navigation sensor. But cameras and vision-based perception will increasingly serve as the technological underpinning for mobile robots going forward.
Robotics Summit & Expo 2022 Recap
In Episode 78 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe, Mike Oitzman and Dan Kara review the recently held Robotics Summit & Expo and Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum.
2022 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Reviewed
In Episode 76 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe. Mike Oitzman and Dan Kara discuss some of the their favorite innovative solutions that were honored in the 2022 RBR50 awards.
RBR50 Spotlight – NVIDIA’s Omniverse Replicator
With the Omniverse Replicator, and the DRIVE Sim and Isaac Sim introductions, NVIDIA is addressing the machine learning data challenge.
Blue River Technology’s Willy Pell on John Deere & Autonomous Tractors. Plus Cruise’s Robot Taxis
In Episode 75 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman interview Willy Pell, VP of Autonomy at Blue River Technology. Plus Cruise’s robot taxis gets pulled over.
Robotics Business Review Announces 2022 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award Honorees
The RBR50 awards honor technology, business, and market innovations, as well as the robotics and automation organizations worldwide that were responsible for them.
Foxglove CEO Adrian Macneil Examines Visualization and Debugging Tools for Robotics
In this Robot Report podcast, Foxglove’s CEO Adrian Macneil discusses the company’s open-source visualization and debugging tool for robotics, along with the Foxglove’s spin-out from autonomous driving company Cruise.
Smart Radar Critical for Improving Autonomous Vehicle Perception
Improving radar resolution has traditionally been based on a hardware advancements which significantly increase the cost, size, and power consumption of the sensors. But radar solutions empowered by (constantly improving) machine learning software, can deliver high resolution and long-range sensing in compact, low power, economical packages.
Does Recent Spate of Large Investments Portend a Banner Year for Robotics?
Recent series large investments into robotics companies, totaling nearly US $1B, could be an early indicator that 2022 will be a banner year for robotics investments. Apex.AI’s Jan Becker and Joe Speed are also interviewed.
What’s Next for Robotics & Automation – Portents & Predictions for 2022
In this Robot Report podcast, WTWH Media’s Robotics Group – Steve Crowe, Mike Oitzman and Dan Kara – discuss the leading trends, themes, and opportunities that will drive the robotics, automation and intelligent systems sector forward in 2022.
Dexterity’s Samir Menon on Robotic Picking. Plus SPAC Problems and China’s Tech Crackdown
In this Robot Report podcast, Dexterity CEO Samir Menon discusses funding and developing a full-stack robotic picking solution. Also, Plus’ SPAC difficulties and Garick’s last mile delivery solution.
Zebra Technologies’ Melonee Wise Discusses New Fetch AMRs, Plus Softbank Robotics Europe Sale & AutoStore IPO
In this Robot Report podcast, Melonee Wise, Fetch Robotics Founder and VP of Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies, discusses the autonomous mobile robotics (AMRs) sector and logistics automation. Plus possible Softbank Robotics Europe sale and the AutoStore IPO.
Korean Transportation-as-a-Service Start-Up 42dot Lands $88M Series A
Korean AV and TaaS start-up 42dot will utilize Series A funding to further develop autonomous-driving technologies and mobility platform for land and air transport services.
Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Lands $600 Million Series D Round, Partners with Google
$600 million round to support the development and deployment of Nuro’s autonomous delivery service in the US, and to scale production of Nuro’s 3rd generation, low-speed, electric self-driving vehicles at the company’s Nevada manufacturing facility.
Tactile Mobility Announces $27 Million Series C Investment
Tactile data and virtual sensing company raises additional funding round to expand into new market segments and accelerate growth.
TUM Autonomous Motorsport Victorious at the Indy Autonomous Challenge
Group from Technical University Munich wins the Indy Autonomous Challenge, taking home the $1 million Grand Prize. Mike Oitzman, Editor of the Mobile Robot Guide, reviews the first autonomous motorcar event held at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pitney Bowes Deploys Ambi Robotics’ E-Commerce Solution, Plus Waymo’s Dead Ends & Armed Quadrupeds
Stephanie Cannon of Pitney Bowes discusses deploying robotics systems from Ambi Robotics to support E-commerce. Plus Waymo’s self-driving cars and Sword Defense’s robotic sniper rifle.
Opteran – Start-Up Profile – Insect Brains the Model for Lightweight, Low Cost, Autonomy Platform
While deep learning methods have proven useful for autonomous navigation, the approach requires vast amounts of data and computing power, and produces solutions that are inefficient, fragile and unaffordable for many classes of applications. Opteran’s “Natural Intelligence” approach, based on the function of insect brains, provides an alternative for generating complex, autonomous behaviors for machines.
RightHand Robotics’ Bin-Bicking Solution, Plus Waymo’s Taxies and Locus Robotics’ 500Mth Pick
In this podcast, Right Hand Robotics’ Yaro Tenzer discusses discuss bin-picking solutions. Plus Waymo expands service into San Francisco and Locus Robotics celebrates their 500Mth pick.