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Driverless investment tops $1.6B so far this month

After last week’s $582 million in funding for autonomous vehicle companies, you might think that driverless investment would coast for a while. However, this week saw more than $1 billion in support for developing self-driving cars and trucks. President’s Day is traditionally the time for car sales, but the automakers and big technology companies are…

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Birth of a unicorn: Nuro gets $940M from SoftBank for driverless deliveries

  Nuro.ai, which is working on self-driving vehicles, said today that it has received $940 million from the SoftBank Vision Fund. This marks a major push in the ground delivery space and another move by SoftBank to take leadership in automation. Other investors in Mountain View, Calif.-based Nuro include Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. The…

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How a Chinese slowdown could help — or hurt — robotics

China is the most attractive market in the world for robotics suppliers, with a relatively low robot density, lots of manufacturing, and fewer regulations than in other countries. At the same time, there are plenty of things to discourage business, from worries about trade disputes and intellectual property to the recent Chinese slowdown. How should…

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Aurora raises $530M Series B as Amazon joins self-driving car race

Self-driving startup Aurora Innovation Inc. today said it had raised $530 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. The most noteworthy investor is Amazon.com Inc. Other participants included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Geodesic, Shell Ventures, and Reinvent Capital, as well as previous investors Greylock and Index Ventures. Funds advised by T. Rowe Price…

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Safety, speed, and collaboration featured in Staubli’s TX2 robots, CS9 controllers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At ATX West here this week, Stäubli International AG showed off its robot arms and controllers, including its TX2 collaborative robots, for meeting Industry 4.0 automation demands. Switzerland-based Stäubli displayed the capabilities of its six-axis TX2, including cobots for sensitive environments, in a “Smart Factory” setting. One flex-feeding demonstration used the TX2…

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Robots.Jobs addresses robotic skills shortage with a national approach

  While the predictions of massive job displacement because of automation have yet to be proven, the more immediate problem of filling positions at companies developing or building robots remains urgent. Robots.Jobs is a new resource for matching specialized talent with employers in robotics, artificial intelligence, and related technologies across the U.S. “These emerging and…

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VCs like Ike, fueling self-driving truck startup with $52M

A company named Ike has raised $52 million in Series A funding. The San Francisco-based startup is developing autonomous trucks with the goal of increasing safety, creating a commercial offering at scale, and helping improve the livelihoods of human drivers. Bain Capital Ventures led the round, with participation from Redpoint Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, Basis Set…

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mGrip modular gripper is Soft Robotics’ response to user needs

Last week, Soft Robotics Inc. released its mGrip modular grasping system. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said its “on-demand” system will help soft robotics proliferate and allow users “to build, validate, and install production-ready systems in minutes.” Soft Robotics designs and sells soft manipulators using patented technology based on research by Prof. George M. Whitesides at…

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Robotics investments recap: January 2019

Robotics investments in January 2019 totaled at least $444 million worldwide, with a total of 24 robotics investments. Unverifiable robotics investments and categories described below have been excluded from this analysis. There are several robotics investments for which the amounts and rounds were not disclosed. If we verify those amounts and rounds, or come across new robotics…

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