In June 2020, investment and acquisition activity picked up a bit for autonomous vehicles, mobile robots, healthcare systems, and industrial automation.
Recent advances in machine and deep learning have improved SLAM techniques, leading to an increased richness in maps, with semantic scene understanding improving localization, mapping quality and robustness.
As the COVID-19 pandemic slowed global manufacturing and trade, investments in robots, drones, and self-driving cars continued in March 2020, with both more shutdowns and an eventual recovery to come.
Modular robotics are currently a niche market, but the need for flexibility could propel demand, predicts one global market analyst.
The Sense One flash camera from Sense Photonics is a 3D, solid-state lidar that promises to help autonomous robots and vehicles see farther and more safely.
MODEX 2020 was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but exhibitors and attendees expressed optimism about the supply chain robotics market.
Multi-year partnership will provide training for 400,000+ union members on use of autonomous earth-moving equipment.
Project aims to provide maps for automated driving using lower cost sensors and probes.
Some robotics companies cancel participation as concerns over virus grow.
Dell Technology Ventures leads funding round, as SiLC develops integrated FMCW lidar for autonomous vehicles, machine vision, and augmented reality.
The CEO of Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development discusses his career around robotics and motion planning algorithms.
The self-driving car company has been operating in 25 cities and is offering ride-hailing services.
Companies testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California required to list miles driven, and reasons why systems were disengaged by safety drivers.
Pony.ai is the latest self-driving car company to get funding, bringing its valuation to more than $3 billion.
Engineering firm breaks up large paint process into smaller steps to reduce rigidity.
System looks to improve efficiency and safety through autonomous electric vehicles for freight transfer between public roads and warehouses.
Robotics, automation, AI and drones are enabling digitization efforts for the future supply chain.
New capabilities include stair-climbing robots and bouncing off obstacles.
Partnership with COAST Autonomous enhances campus transportation at Catholic university.
Cepton Technologies, which said its approach to lidar is unique, has received funding led by Tier 1 automotive supplier Koito Manufacturing.
In January 2020, robotics investments and mergers and acquisitions showed continued strength across applications, even as economic challenges affected manufacturing and food service robots.
Kinova, GreyOrange, RightHand among those collaborating with integrators and other customers/partners.
Not only is military robotics the testbed for cutting-edge applications, but it is also a growing market for technologies with civilian implications.
Company expands autonomy software beyond cleaning systems to material handling, shelf analytics, commercial vacuums.
Cruise Origin is an electric, driverless, ride-sharing vehicle that’s ready for production.