WaymoViaCHRobinson 400x275C.H. Robinson, a global logistics company, has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Waymo Via, the trucking and local delivery unit of autonomous driving company Waymo. The partnership will mutually explore the practical application of autonomous driving in logistics and supply chains, by combining Waymo’s technology, Waymo Driver, with C.H. Robinson’s Navisphere logistics platform.


JambaBlendid400x275Jamba and Blendid have announced the addition of two new autonomous robotic kiosk locations in Georgia: Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga., and Kennesaw State University in Marietta. The new locations expand beyond the company’s current pilot locations in a shopping mall and big box retailer. The companies said they will continue to explore more kiosks in several non-traditional venues, such as gyms, hospitals, airports, and more.


AuroraTruck400x275Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation and U.S. Xpress Enterprises have announced a collaboration to deploy the Aurora Driver system with U.S. Xpress operations. The collaboration is designed to fine-tune Aurora’s autonomous driver-as-a-service product, Aurora Horizon, for efficient deployment at commercial scale.


KnightscopeAllied400x275Knightscope, which develops physical security technologies through robotics, has announced a strategic partnership with Allied Universal, a security and facility services company with $20 billion in revenues and more than 800,000 employees worldwide. The partnership will provide autonomous security robots (ASRs) to Allied’s U.S.-based customers to help them deter crime, enhance situational awareness and improve security professional’s safety.


TXAI YasIsland400x275Bayanat, a G42 company and developer of geospatial intelligence, data analytics and artificial intelligence, has announced the successful completion of phase 1 trials of its autonomous taxi service, called TXAI. WeRide, which develops Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, provides TXAI with its advanced full stack software and hardware solutions.


TeledyneFLIRPackbot400x275Curtiss-Wright has announced an agreement with Teledyne FLIR Defense to supply unmanned systems and integrated solutions to the U.S. nuclear power market and Department of Energy. Systems will include mobile unmanned systems (MUS) such as drones, robots, and submersibles, which play a critical role in industrial and defense applications by automating operations and eliminating the need for humans to perform tasks in hazardous conditions.


SeaScout400x275ThayerMahan, which develops autonomous maritime systems, has announced a collaborative partnership with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The partnership will help advance the sonar-based SeaScout system, for high-speed and high-resolution surveys of coastal and oceans.


LorchYaskawa400x275Germany’s Lorch Welding (Schweißtechnik) and Yaskawa have announced a portfolio of new, turnkey compact welding cells to enable small and midsize companies to experience robot-automated welding to produce small assemblies. The welding processes are controlled through a consistent operating interface to make production easier.


HandshakeStock400x275Novanta, which operates business units Celera Motion and ATI Industrial Automation, has announced a new partnership with MassRobotics to help create and scale the next generation of robotics startups. Through the partnership, the company will collaborate with MassRobotics to develop advanced innovations in medical/surgical robotics and to improve robotic productivity.


CyngnGreenland400x275Cyngn, which develops autonomous vehicle systems for industrial fleets, has announced a strategic partnership with Greenland Technologies, a manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles. The two companies will develop self-driving capabilities to Greenland’s forklifts through Cyngn’s Enterprise Autonomy Suite, with the goal of having the forklifts switch between fully autonomous, manual, and remote-controlled modes.


BrainSams400x275Sam’s Club, the membership warehouse club division of Walmart, has announced a national, chain-wide rollout of an inventory scanning feature to its existing fleet of robotic scrubbers. The deployment is in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant Company, which recently launched its Inventory Scan attachment option.


DoraSort400x275China’s Dorabot, which provides robotics solutions for logistics, has announced the launch of DoraSorter, an artificial intelligence-powered sorting robot, in collaboration with FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. The sorting robot represents FedEx Express’ latest push in digitizing its operations and building a smart logistics network to handle growing volumes of e-commerce shipments in the region.


DHL BostonDynamics400x275DHL Supply Chain, the global and North American contract logistics leader within Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announced a $15 million investment in robotics solutions from Boston Dynamics, the global leader in mobile robotics, to further automate warehousing in North America. The companies have signed a multi-year agreement that begins with equipping DHL facilities with Stretch, Boston Dynamics’ newest robot specifically designed to automate the unloading process in distribution centers.


UVDRobotsHospitalRoom400x275Denmark’s UVD Robots has announced that Ecolab, a global leader in infection prevention solutions and services, has expanded its portfolio to include UVID Robots in offerings to healthcare customers, hospitals, in-patient and out-patient clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, and rehabilitation clinics.


BeyondPRGelsite400x275Beyond Imagination, an AI and robotics platform company developing humanoid robots, has announced teaming up with GelSight, which develops tactile intelligence technology, to initiate a pilot to study the feasibility of using humanoid robots to remotely operate GelSight’s tactile sensors.


ServeOnStreet400x275Ouster and Serve Robotics have announced a strategic customer agreement that includes a binding commitment for OS digital lidar sensors through 2023, along with a non-binding forecast for additional sensors through 2025 as Serve Robotics scales its delivery fleets across U.S. cities and beyond.


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