Brain Collaborates on Self-Driving Commercial Vacuum Cleaner

Image: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co.

November 18, 2019      

DENVER – Brain Corp. and Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG today announced a partnership to bring autonomous floor care systems to the market. The initial product from the collaboration will be the Kärcher Intelligent Robotic Applications (“KIRA”) CV 60/1 RS Chariot, an autonomous, stand-on, professional vacuum cleaner powered by BrainOS.

“I am pleased that another building block has now been added to our global robotics strategy: our partner Brain Corp will help us launch the world’s first autonomous stand-on vacuum cleaner in the near future,” said Marco Cardinale, vice president of Floor Care Solutions at Alfred Kärcher. “We designed the KIRA Chariot from the ground-up for autonomous operation, delivering best-in-class efficiency, reliability and mobility. In addition to the award-winning product concept of our KIRA B 50 autonomous scrubber drier, the new machine ideally complements our goals in the field of robotic floor cleaning solutions.”

Dual-mode vacuum system

Kärcher said the KIRA Chariot will include innovations such as lithium-ion battery technology to provide longer run-times, a HEPA filtration system, and the ability to clean large areas while still being able to maneuver in tight, dynamic spaces. Like other BrainOS systems, users will be able to use the intuitive “teach and repeat” approach, which allows for easy deployment and updates to the cleaning routes as the environment changes, Brain said. The KIRA Chariot will operate in both autonomous and manual modes, and will be available for sale in 2020.

“Brain Corp is excited to partner with Kärcher, one of the leading providers of cleaning technology worldwide,” said Christian Cornelius-Knudsen, Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Services, Brain Corp. “This collaboration continues our growing momentum in the commercial floor care market, with Brain Corp now counting the major industry manufacturers as technology partners. Thousands of robots powered by BrainOS operate across a wide-range of public and commercial environments today, validating both the technology and value to end-user customers.”

Brain Corp, an RBR50 2019 honoree, made its BrainOS commercially available in 2015. BrainOS-powered robots currently operate globally in operating environments that include retailers, airports, shopping malls, school campuses, assembly and logistics centers, and health care facilities. Last week, the company announced licensing BrainOS to RPS Corp., which manufactures floor cleaners under the Factory Cat and Tomcat brands.