GlacierRecycling400x275Glacier, which is developing artificial intelligence-powered robotic waste technology, has announced emerging from stealth and raising $4.5 million in seed funding. The company produces a recycling robot that combines AI and robotics to sort more than 30 different item types.

 

FAA DroneGrants400x275The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced awarding $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. The research will focus on three areas – electromagnetic compatibility, detect-and-avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight.

 

pexels human robot interaction400x275The Israel Innovation Authority has announced it allocated $20 million towards building a consortium of Israeli robotics companies to develop next-generation human-robot interaction (HRI) capabilities. Utilizing the Nimbus cloud robotics platform for managing and deploying new capabilities, the consortium will include private and academic organizations.

 

NODAR Hammerhead400x275NODAR, which is developing long-range 3D vision technology, has announced it secured $12 million in Series A funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from existing investor Rhapsody Venture Partners. Funds will be used for research and development and further productization of NODAR’s core technology, as well as expanded sales and marketing.

 

DiligentFoundersMoxi400x275Austin, Texas-based Diligent Robotics has announced it raised more than $30 million in a Series B funding round, bringing the total investment in its company to more than $50 million. The company is developing socially intelligent service robots and artificial intelligent solutions that enable robots to collaborate within and adapt to human environments.

 

BuiltRoboticsDigger400x275Built Robotics, which develops aftermarket autonomy systems for construction equipment, has announced raising $64 million in Series C funding. The latest round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from existing investors at NEA, Founders Fund, Fifth Wall, and Building Ventures.

 

Treeswift400x275Treeswift has announced raising $4.8 million in seed funding, led by Pathbreaker Ventures. The company said it has raised $6.4 million total to provide forest stakeholders with more easily accessible precision data and analysis.

 

RE2 Sarcos400x275Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation has announced a definitive merger agreement with Pittsburgh-based RE2 Inc., which develops autonomous and teleoperated mobile robotic systems for use in the aviation, construction, defense and medical industries. The transaction is $100 million, consisting of $30 million in cash and $70 million of Sarcos common stock.

 

SkylineFunding400x275Skyline Robotics, which develops the Ozmo high-rise window-cleaning robot, has announced raising $6.5 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The funding comes as the company prepares for its first customer deployment of Ozmo in New York City. The funding will be used to expand its New York team, as well as continued product development and new capabilities “to own the facade operations of the future." The company said it has raised $9 million to date.

 

ToyotaVentures22Call 400x275Toyota Ventures has launched its third global “call for innovation,” searching for early-stage companies that can help make the factory of the future a reality sooner. In partnership with Toyota’s Manufacturing Project Innovation Center (MPIC) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the 2022 call focuses on scalable solutions that can modernize manufacturing and advance sustainable production.

 

BearRoboticsServi400x275Bear Robotics, which develops hospitality robots and artificial intelligence solutions, has announced raising $81 million in a Series B funding round. The company said it will use the funding to add new products and expand into new markets around the world.

 

Zeta400x275Boston-based Zeta Surgical, which is developing a surgical navigation system through robotics and mixed reality, has announced raising $5.2 million in financing. The round was led by Innospark Ventures, with the participation of TSVC, Y Combinator, Trevor Fetter, and others.

 

DiamondGantry400x275Diamond Age, a Phoenix-based robotics startup that is automating new home construction, has announced it raised $50 million in a Series A funding round. The company said it will use the funding to continue scaling its robotics platform and execute on its first commercial contract to build homes.

 

AmbiPitneyBowes400x275Global shipping and mailing company Pitney Bowes and Ambi Robotics have announced a $23 million deployment expansion of AmbiSort systems for Pitney Bowes e-commerce hubs across the U.S. The AI-powered robot systems will help Pitney Bowes speed its parcel sortation to last-mile delivery providers, while also improving productivity, accuracy and worker safety.

 

PonyAI SeriesD400x275Pony.AI, which develops autonomous driving technologies for cars and trucks, has announced it completed its first close of its Series D financing. While details of the funding were not disclosed, the company said it has a significant valuation uplift from the company’s 2020 C and C+ rounds, and now said the valuation of the company is at $8.5 billion.

 

GeckoTOKA4 400x275Pittsburgh-based Gecko Robotics has announced raising $73 million in a Series C funding round, which will accelerate its mission of protecting critical infrastructure through robotic inspections.