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CES Floor400x275Lidar manufacturers AEye and Velodyne Lidar have announced they will not attend CES 2022 in person, citing concern for the health and safety of employees, partners, and customers in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases.


Staubli IFR ABI report400x275As part of a new whitepaper, research firm ABI Research predicts a total of 452,000 mobile robots will be shipped in 2022, representing a 65% increase compared to 2021 shipments. In addition, the firm said 45,000 cobots will ship next year.


TuSimpleTruck400x275TuSimple, which develops autonomous driving technology, has announced it successfully completed the world’s first fully autonomous semi-truck run on open public roads without a human in the vehicle, and without human intervention. Taking place on December 22, the run involved a TuSimple upfitted autonomous semi-truck leaving a railyard in Tucson, Ariz., and traveling more than 80 miles on surface streets and highways at night, safely arriving at a high-volume distribution center in the Phoenix metropolitan area.


Calibrate400x275Calibrate Ventures has announced $97 million in new funds to partner with founders building the next generation of leading artificial intelligence and automation companies. The Calibrate Fund II will build on the company’s track record of investing in early-stage startups that are transforming industries such as education, healthcare, logistics, law, financial services, manufacturing, and transportation.


KUKA IFR density400x275The International Federation of Robotics said the use of industrial robots in factories around the world is accelerating at a high rate – 126 robots per 10,000 employees is the new global average for robot density in manufacturing. This is nearly double the number from five years ago (66 units per 10,000 in 2015). 


RyderWhiplash400x275Ryder System, Inc., which performs supply chain, transportation and fleet management operations, has announced it will acquire Whiplash, a national provider of omnichannel fulfillment and logistics services, for approximately $480 million in cash. The City of Industry, Calif.-based Whiplash provides e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment solutions for more than 250 different brands. The company includes 19 dedicated and multi-client warehouses that total nearly 7 million square feet, and provide access to key port operations and gateway markets.


Symbotic Walmart400x275Symbotic, which develops AI-enabled technology for supply chain companies, and SVF Investment Corp. 3, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by an affiliate of SoftBank Investment Advisers, has announced a definitive merger agreement expected to make Symbotic a public company listed on Nasdaq. 



ROG RobOpsCon400x275The Robot Operations Group (ROG), a global community of experts in scaling the application of advanced robotics, has announced the first-ever RobOpsCon, which will take place in October 2022 in Silicon Valley. The conference aims to bring together practitioners and a leading panel of multi-disciplinary speakers across industries, including logistics, supply chain, agriculture, hospitality and healthcare. Additional details will be announced shortly.


Argo CyclistRules400x275Argo AI has announced the release of technical guidelines it applies to ensure safe interactions between autonomous vehicles and cyclists. The guidelines were created in collaboration with the League of American Bicyclists, a national advocacy group, and are intended as a foundation for further innovation and improvement among companies developing self-driving technology, the company said.


OTSAW SwisslogJV400x275To help expand the market for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in the healthcare environment, OTSAW Technology Solutions and Swisslog Healthcare, a division of KUKA, have agreed to form a joint venture. OTSAW Swisslog Healthcare Robotics will develop the next generation of AGVs for clinical and non-clinical material handling.


MassRobotics AWS400x275MassRobotics has announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), creating a Robotics Startup Accelerator to help companies address the biggest challenges in the automation, robotics, and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.



Gripper ComponentReport400x275Global market intelligence firm Interact Analysis is predicting that the market for industrial robot components will enjoy strong double-digit growth for 2021, with expected revenues to exceed $9.3 billion by 2025. The company warned, however, that this year’s market growth in revenue can be partially explained by major price increases in key components and raw materials, as well as supply chain issues and general inflationary pressures.


Locomation Convoy 400x275Locomation, which develops autonomous trucking solutions, has announced the findings of an independent environmental impact evaluation that said its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, fuel consumption, and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.


iRobot Aeris 400x275Consumer robot maker iRobot has announced it acquired privately-held Aeris Cleantec AG, a provider of premium air purifiers based in Cham, Zug Switzerland. iRobot said the acquisition supports is vision of building “the most thoughtful robotics and developing intelligent home innovations that make life better.”


MidnightRobotics400x275Smart farm operations management company Fieldin has announced it acquired Midnight Robotics, a developer of agricultural autonomous driving technology. The acquisition combines a sensor-based operational farming platform with autonomous driving technologies to empower growers in the day-to-day management of their farms. Fieldin said it is already deploying the combined platform in major platforms in California, with additional deployments of the end-to-end system in coming months.


WiskAero400x275Wisk, which is developing autonomous air mobility (AAM) technologies, will be displaying its fifth generation, self-flying, electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi during this week’s CoMotion LA event, November 16 through 18.