WeRideRobovan400x275Autonomous driving company WeRide has unveiled the WeRide Robovan, the first Level 4 self-driving cargo van in China. The company said it will work with Jiangling Motors (JMC) and ZTO Express in a strategic agreement to promote mass production and commercialization of the vehicle. The companies will create an autonomous driving ecosystem for China’s urban logistics.


GeekPlus RoboShuttle400x275Geek+, a global maker of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), has announced the launch of its RoboShuttle RS8-DA, an eight-meter high flexible arm robot. The new robot is designed to allow customers to maximize the use of their warehouses.


SenseraSystems400x275Sensera Systems, which develops all-in-one compact-solar site cameras, has announced the release of its third-generation camera models. The new models represent seven years of refinement and lessons learned from customers across thousands of job sites, and incorporate advancements to lower pricing, increase reliability, and improve performance and ease of use.


ForwardX Warehouse Funding400x275Research firm Interact Analysis is predicting that by the end of 2025, 2.1 million mobile robots will be deployed in more than 53,000 warehouses and factories. This compares to 2020, in which over 9,000 customer sites had mobile robots deployed.


LocusPlusOne400x275Plus One Robotics, which develops vision software for robotic picking, and Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfillment warehouses, have announced a collaboration to develop an automatic picking solution. The system will combine mobile robots and stationary picking arms designed to boost productivity in e-commerce fulfillment centers.


UVDRobot Supermarket400x275Denmark’s UVD Robots has announced a global partnership agreement with OCC Commercial Consulting to help bring its UV-C disinfection robots to supermarkets, food service and retail environments. The company also announced receiving a second order of 100 robots from the European Commission, following a 200-robot order in November 2020.


DexterityFundingDexterity, which creates intelligent robotic systems for logistics, warehouses, and supply chain companies, has announced it raised an additional $140 million in Series B equity funding and depth. The company said it will use the new capital to support the growth of the company as its first thousand robots are deployed into production. The latest funding raises Dexterity’s total capitalization over $200 million with a valuation of $1.4 billion.


VoloDroneFlight400x275Volocopter announced that its electric, heavy-lift drone VoloDrone has conducted its first public flight, held at the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. With international logistics firm DB Schenker, Volocopter demonstrated the VoloDrone’s seamless integration ito the logistics supply chain with an end-to-end cargo transport demonstration. In early 2020, DB Schenker became a strategic investor in VoloCopter, and the demonstration showed their progress since that investment, the company said.


BRINC drone400x275BRINC, an American technology company building a new class of drones in response to active, mass shooter situations, has announced it raised $25 million in Series A funding to expand its mission to keep people safe in dangerous situations. 


SkylineRobotics Ozmo400x275Skyline Robotics has announced it has secured $6 million in funding to expand and deploy its Ozmo window-cleaning robots in North America. The company also announced the appointment of Michael Brown as CEO and chairman of the board, and Ross Blum as the company’s chief operating officer.


CitadelFamily400x275Citadel Defense announced it has expanded their intelligence and counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS, or counter-drone) with a suite of new solutions under the Titan brand. The family of C-UAS solutions are designed to keep the U.S. military ahead of the threat curve through industry-leading autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.


TRI Sim2Real 400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced the acceptance of six research papers in the field of machine learning at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV). The research advances understanding across various tasks crucial for robotic perception, including semantic segmentation, 3D object detection, and multi-object tracking.


BerkshireGreyAtos400x275Berkshire Grey and Atos have announced a partnership to accelerate automation of supply chain operations. The two companies will bring Intelligent Enterprise Robotic solutions to retail, transportation and logistics (RTL) customers to help them overcome strained supply chains.


FLIR IONM640x 400x275Teledyne FLIR has announced the launch of its ION M640x tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS). The American-designed, developed and manufactured UAS builds on the capabilities of the ION M440, and aims to provide military and other government customers with best-in-class capabilities for their unique missions.


IKO techpaper crossed bearings400x275Robots and exoskeletons are seen as a big way to address the growing need for post-stroke rehabilitation, given that deaths caused by strokes are decreasing, and approximately 700,000 people survive a stroke.


LocusKoerberISN 400x275Locus Robotics and Körber Supply Chain have announced that a deployment of 49 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) across the Integrated Supply Network (ISN) has resulted in a productivity increase of 266%.