SAN DIEGO – Brain Corp today announced a new proof-of-concept robot named AutoDelivery, powered by the company’s BrainOS. The robot is an autonomous tug “capable of operating across a variety of public environments, enabling the seamless transportation and delivery of goods from point A to B.”
Capable of towing several common cart types, Brain said AutoDelivery gives easily customized, automated delivery solutions for commercial retail facilities, as well as warehouses and factories. The company said that users can improve their workflows, boost productivity, increase efficiency, and reduce interruptions. The new concept also lets Brain move beyond its traditional space in the commercial floor cleaning space, which it partners with machines made by Tennant, Minuteman, ICE, and SoftBank Robotics.
Exploring partners for 2020 launch
“This planned expansion beyond floor care and into the delivery space has primed BrainOS to become the industry standard when building AMRs,” said John Black, senior vice president of new product development at Brain. “Cited as the world’s top autonomy solution provider by ABI Research, BrainOS and its promise of form factor and application flexibility is well represented through our introduction of AutoDelivery.”
The company said it is exploring potential manufacturing partners for the delivery robot, with an expected commercial launch of the product in early 2020. The company and the concept robot will be demonstrated next week at the ProMat 2019 show in Chicago.
“The integration of BrainOS into not just another form factor, but an entirely new vertical outside of floor care further proves the robustness and extensibility of the BrainOS platform,” said Brain Corp co-founder and CEO, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich. “With the introduction of a delivery robot powered by BrainOS, we are another step closer to fulfilling our vision of a world where the lives of people are made safer, easier, more productive, and more fulfilling with the help of robots.”
The company, a 2018 RBR50 award winner, also recently announced a collaboration with Nilfisk, a Copenhagen-based leader in the floor cleaning space. The company is working with Walmart to provide commercial floor-cleaning robots in the stores of the world’s largest retailers, and has also licensed its technology to Savioke for its mobile service robots. Since its founding in 2009, the company has raised more than $125 million in funding.