The Top 10 most popular robotics stories on The Robot Report in October 2021. Top 10 robotics stories of the month include DeepMind’s acquisition of MuJoCo physics simulator and Waymo’s self-driving cars getting stuck on a dead-end street in San Francisco. Click through the gallery to see the rest of the top robotics stories from October.
Retrofitting a classic mini with an autonomy stack
Tangram Vision added an autonomy stack to a Classic Austin Mini Cooper. The car didn’t drive autonomously drive around Thunderhill Raceway Park, but it was able to gather data at high speed. It was an opportunity for Tangram Vision to test new sensor streaming, fusion, and runtime modules that our team has been building over the past few months.
Abb paid $190m for asti mobile robotics
ABB spent $190 million, including $7 million in cash, in July 2021 to acquire the Spanish developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) Here’s how this deal compares to other recent acquisitions. ABB’s third quarter 2021 financial results were released on Thursday.
Hawk 3d depth camera for robotics Leopard imaging launches
Leopard Imaging introduced its Hawk 3D depth camera for $349. The camera, which supports NVIDIA’s Jetson edge AI and Isaac robotics platforms, is designed to deliver real-time, accurate depth perception. It is available in black and white and comes with a two-year warranty.
Reliable robotics raises $100m for autonomous flight tech
Reliable Robotics raised $100 million in Series C funding today. Founded in 2017, Reliable Robotics has now raised more than $133 million. Its technology handles all phases of flight, including taxi, takeoff, landing and parking. Licensed pilots remotely supervise each flight from a control center.
Autostore stock surges during oslo stock exchange ipo
AutoStore, a 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award Winner, made its debut this month on Euronext’s Oslo Stock Exchange. The Norwegian robotics firm priced its initial public offering (IPO) at 31 Norwegian crowns per share, which valued the company at 103.5 billion crowns ($12.4 billion) According to Reuters, AutoStore is Norway’s biggest IPO in two decades.
Wavemaker labs acquires ip from agtech startup abundant robotics
Abundant Robotics, an agrobotics startup that spun out off SRI International in 2016, was developing a robot to harvest apples. Wavemaker Labs, a corporate venture studio and product development incubator, acquired the intellectual property. Future Acres is exploring how to leverage some of the IP to potentially enhance its mobile robot.
Why waymo’s cars keep hitting same sf dead-end street
Waymo’s self-driving cars kept getting stuck on a dead-end street in San Francisco. According to Waymo, it has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology being confused, a mapping issue, or a maneuver it’s trying to perfect. Here’s why.
Dexterity raises $140m to scale full-stack robotic picking
Redwood City, Calif.-based Dexterity today raised another $140 million in Series B equity funding and debt. The latest round valued Dexterity, which has already raised more than $200 million since it was founded in 2017, at $1.4 billion. The company has raised $56.2 million since July 2020.
Deepmind acquires mujoco physics engine for robotics r&d
DeepMind is working to open-source MuJoCo and make it free for everyone in 2022. When open-sourcing the system is complete, the GitHub repository will become the new home for MuJoco. DeepMind is an AI research lab and subsidiary of Alphabet.
4 re-designed from ground up with ros 2 Turtlebot
Clearpath Robotics and Open Robotics announced TurtleBot 4, the next generation of the popular open-source mobile robotics platform. TurtleBot4 aims to build on the success of previous versions by providing a low-cost, fully extensible, ROS-enabled platform for robotics researchers, developers, and educators.