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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.


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.


InOrbit JulianCerruti400x275InOrbit, which last month launched a Free Edition of its cloud-based robot operations (RobOps) platform, has announced the launch of its Developer Portal as well as a number of partnerships with other robotics companies and developers. The Development Portal is a centralized collection of development tools that aims to help software engineers and roboticists build scalable robotics solutions.


MOBIS fold steeringwheel400x275Hyundai Mobis has announced it has developed a foldable steering system technology that enables the folding and unfolding of a steering wheel inside a vehicle. The technology is being optimized for future mobility vehicles as it can allow for more space in the driver’s seat area, bringing about additional design innovation.


RoboTire400x275RoboTire, a Detroit-based automotive robotics and automation startup, has announced closing a $7.5 million Series A investment round, led by The Reinalt-Thomas Corporation, which does business as Discount Tire and America’s Tire. 


Rendered ai, a platform provider for physics-based synthetic data, has announced raising $6 million in a seed round, led by Space Capital. The company said the funding will help expand staffing and operations to scale up its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that supports data scientists, engineers and business innovators who want to use synthetic data to investigate, validate, and expand AI-based technology and business opportunities.


Ouster Sense400x275Ouster has announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sense Photonics, which develops digital solid-state lidar sensors for automotive applications. Upon closing of the all-stock acquisition, Ouster said it will establish Ouster Automotive, a new functional division of the company that focuses on driving mass-market adoption of digital lidar in consumer and commercial vehicles.


Honda eVTOL400x275Honda Motor Co. has announced the technology development direction the company is pursuing while leveraging its core technologies. The direction will lead to the fulfillment of Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.”


GrayMatter400x275GrayMatter Robotics, which develops software and artificial intelligence algorithms to create smarter robotic assistants, has announced it raised $4.1 million in seed round funding. The round was co-led by Stage Venture Partners and Calibrate Ventures, with participation from 3M Ventures, OCA Ventures, Pathbreaker Ventures, and B Capital Group.


Burro 400x275Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, has announced it raised $10.9 million in a Series A funding round. The company’s mobile and collaborative robots provide outdoor assistance for work that people no longer want to do, as well as lay the foundation for more comprehensive automation later.


MetoMotion400x275MetoMotion, an Israel-based developer of intelligent robotics systems to help growers operate farms of the future, has announced completing a $5 million investment round. The company said the funds will be used to finalize research and development activities, set up production and marketing activities, and launch the commercial product.


StarfishSpace Otter 400x275Starfish Space, a satellite servicing company founded by former Blue Origin engineers, has announced it raised $7 million in funding. The company is developing the Otter space tug, an efficient and versatile satellite servicing vehicle that can capture and move objects in orbit.


BlueWhite400x275Blue White Robotics, an Israel-based robotics firm providing robots-as-a-service (RaaS) to enable farms to run autonomously, has announced raising $37 million in Series B funding. THe company said it will use the new funding to increase the rapid adoption of their technologies, drive new U.S. sales, and attract key talent for its all-star international team.


China’s Pudu Robotics has announcedPuduRoboticsLineup400x275 completing its C2 series financing round worth approximately $77 million, which was secured within only four months of its Series C1 series of $78 million. The C2 round funds will be used for further research and development, new product development, new site launches, and expansion of its global network.


Opentrons400x275Opentrons Labworks has announced a $200 million Series C investment round, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation by Khosla Ventures. The company said it will use the new funds to further invest in its automated lab platform globally.


AMP Recyco 400x275AMP Robotics, which develops robotics and artificial intelligence for the waste and recycling industry, has announced the installation of its first AI-guided robotics systems in the U.K. and Ireland with Recyco, a recycling and waste management business in Northern Ireland.