ABB is installing Sevensense Robotics’ autonomous navigation technology into its AMRs. ABB is best known for its industrial and collaborative robot arms, but in July 2021 it began to venture into AMRs with the acquisition of ASTI Mobile Robotics for $190 million. Sevensense raised $7.7 million in Series A funding led by ABB Technology Ventures.
ABB bought ASTI to get into the mobile robotics industry without developing its own technology. ABB chose Sevensense to partner with after it participated in ABB’s 2021 Robotics Innovation Challenge. The challenge tested the performance of different visual SLAM solutions from technology companies around the world.