Industry 4.0 is here, so let’s survey all the ways industrial automation is evolving with it. The promise of robots that can learn, share information, and adapt to changing demand is finally being realized.
Robotics mergers and acquisitions slowed in the first quarter of 2018, possibly because of the shadow of bigger deals, political and economic uncertainty, and maturing technologies. However, investor activity remained strong.
The fourth quarter of 2017 was another strong one for robotics and AI. SoftBank continued its efforts to be an industry leader. We look at key investments and acquisitions, as well as list all of the automation transactions of the past quarter.
We can see clearly now that automation transactions in early 2018 will build on a familiar pattern of investment in AI, the mobility market, and industrial automation. The question remains as to which companies will lead and which will be absorbed or fall behind.
In this installment of Robot Investments Weekly, we look at SoftBank’s latest autonomous systems investment — a big one — for Uber, as well as other robotics and AI deals. Also, check out our updated transaction tool.
2018 is shaping up to be a massive year for automation. But first, here’s a look back at the most popular stories about AI and robotics in 2017.
AI funding made up many of the transactions in 2017’s penultimate week. Robotics Business Review’s weekly roundup also looks at deals around sensors, warehouse automation, surgical robots, and more.
Temi, the personal robot from Roboteam Home, is designed to be helpful, affordable, and mobile. It is entering an increasingly competitive market for consumer robots.
SoftBank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and Schaft.
Building robots and keeping them healthy is critically reliant upon a steady supply of superior parts. ABI Research is forecasting “robotic component revenues to exceed $2.36 billion” in 2016.