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Schunk Expert Days reveal state of robotics

One of the things I like about attending Schunk’s annual two-day International Expert Days conference is that it covers a range of topics. From conversations with speakers, exhibitors, and fellow attendees, I get a feel for what users need and the challenges robot and gripper makers face in meeting those needs. Another attraction is that…

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MiR co-founder launches Nord Modules in U.S., offering top modules for mobile robots

ODENSE, Denmark — Nord Modules, launched by Bruno Hansen, a co-founder of Mobile Industrial Robots ApS (MiR), today announced its entry into the U.S. market. The company is offering a new series of flexible material-moving modules that efficiently connect production lines and internal logistics using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Nord Modules‘ safe, ready-to-use, and industrial-quality…

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Agility Robotics’ Digit adds arms to Cassie’s bipedal design

Despite recent advances with bipedal robots, most are not graceful, and they have not been able manipulate objects with the dexterity of stationary robotic arms. Agility Robotics Inc. yesterday unveiled Digit, which builds on the design of its ostrich-like Cassie robot. Digit includes an upper torso, more sensors, and additional computing capabilities. Most importantly, it…

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Robotics cluster in Odense, Denmark, offers metrics for growth

What makes a robotics cluster successful? Proximity to university research and talent, government support of entrepreneurship, and a focus on industry end users are all important. Around the world, regions have proclaimed initiatives to become “the next Silicon Valley.” However, there have been relatively few metrics to describe robotics hubs — until now. This week,…

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Amazon keeps on truckin’ with autonomous vehicle investments

Amazon has moved on as quickly as its same-day deliveries by announcing, almost concurrent with its breakup call to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, more than $1 billion of new funding for electric vehicles and self-driving cars. On Feb. 15, a day after reporting on Amazon’s rejection of New York City as the site for…

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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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Mobile robots, a view from the trenches: a roundtable discussion

The market for autonomous mobile robots continues to thrive, with a forecast of a 24 percent compound annual growth rate for 2018-2022, per Technavio. New players continue to enter the fray, and innovative new applications and proven use in large fleets are contributing to these vendors’ success. To better understand the growth, the challenges, and…

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TuSimple gets heavy-duty funding for autonomous fleet

TuSimple, which is developing self-driving trucks, today said that it has raised $95 million in Series D funding. The San Diego startup has a valuation of $1 billion and plans to use the investment for further development and commercialization. Chinese media company Sina Corp. led the round, and Hong Kong-based Composite Capital participated. After its…

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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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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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