Robot Types

Inceptio Trucking400x275China’s Inceptio Technology has announced the closing of a $270 million Series B equity financing round. The closing of the round will allow the company to accelerate the development of its self-developed, full-stack autonomous driving system known as “Xuanyuan” as well as speed up deployment in electrification.

 

4ocean Be bot400x2754ocean has announced the arrival of the BeBot, an eco-friendly beach-cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. The goal of the system is to restore coastlines while preserving the natural environment.

 

KEYiTechClicBot400x275KEYI Technology (KEYi TEch) has announced raising tens of millions of dollars in Series B financing. The Chinese consumer robotics company plans to use the funds to expand its developer ecosystem and develop new products.

 

BuffaloAutomationFerry400x275Buffalo Automation, which develops artificial intelligence systems, has partnered up with Europe’s Future Mobility Network to launch Europe’s first fully autonomous robotaxi service in the Netherlands. The service provides autonomous commercial ferry service that can carry passengers in dense European traffic.

 

Lucid D1Drone400x275Defiance Ventures, a Charlotte, N.C.-based venture capital firm, has announced its investment in Lucid Drone Technologies, which develops and manufactures autonomous drones for labor-intensive tasks such as commercial cleaning and spraying. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

 

Medtronic Hugo400x275Medtronic, which develops medical technology including surgical robots, has announced the first gynecological (GYN) procedures with its Hugo robot-assisted surgery (RAS) system. Six cases included hysterectomies and myomectomies, performed by Dr. Salomon Zebede and Dr. Juan Carlos Lopez last week at Pacifica Salud Hospital in Panama City, Panama.

 

FirstIZRapidSOS 400x275RapidSOS and FIRST iZ have announced a partnership to provide emergency first responders and 911 dispatchers with a system to remotely and autonomously dispatch drones. With the click of a button in the RapidSOS Portal, a drone can be automatically dispatched to the site of any alarms or incidents reported.

 

Cincoze 400x275Taiwan’s Cincoze has announced that its Cincoze DS-1300 rugged industrial computer series has become the choice of epidemic prevention equipment vendors. The DS-1300 can be used within intelligent thermal gate warning systems and intelligent autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that provide disinfection tasks.

 

inViaRobotics400x275InVia Robotics, which develops next-generation warehouse automation solutions including autonomous mobile robots, has announced raising $30 million in a Series C funding round. The round was co-led by M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) and Qualcomm Ventures, with participation from Hitachi Ventures and existing investors Point 72, Upfront, and Embark. The company has raised $59 million from strategic funders to date.

 

BeewiseBeehome400x275Beewise, a startup dedicated to saving the world’s bee population, has launched Beehome, a smarthome for bees with an autonomous beekeeping robot that acts as a medic and guardian. The company said the Beehome is the first at-scale solution for saving the global bee population.

 

MotionalVan400x275Motional has announced that it chose Ottopia to support the deployment of its robotaxi fleets. Motional said it will use Ottopia’s teleoperation technology to conduct remote vehicle assistance (RVA) when operating its fully driverless, SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles.

 

Arcimoto400x275Arcimoto, which develops and manufactures “fun utility vehicles” (FUVs), recently demonstrated the first-ever driverless FUV, in addition to other technologies during its FUV and Friends Summer Showcase at the Portland (Ore.) International Raceway.

 

Neuro42 MRI 400x275Neuro42, which develops diagnostic imaging and image-guided surgical interventions of the brain, has announced raising $6.5 million in a Series A funding round. The financing will be used to advance the development of its MRI and robot platform, allowing physicians to diagnose brain injuries in acute settings, and treat neurological diseases intraoperatively under live imaging.

 

Covariant400x275Covariant, which uses artificial intelligence to allow robots to see the world around them, has announced it raised $80 million in Series C funding, bringing its total capitalization to $147 million within two years of the company’s public launch. The company said it plans to use the funding to continue investment in AI Robotics research and development, as well as expand its team globally to accelerate bringing AI into the physical world.

 

Cepton dSPACE 400x275Cepton, which provides intelligent lidar-based solutions, and dSPACE, which develops simulation and validation solutions, have announced a collaboration to enable easier adoption of lidar technology in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles (AV), and other autonomous applications. The partnership looks to enable dSPACE to integrate Cepton’s lidar sensors into its simulation tool chain, helping customers accelerate their development using Cepton lidars.

 

AmbiRobotics AmbiKit400x275Ambi Robotics, which develops simulation-to-reality AI for highly-dexterous robot applications, has announced AmbiKit, a multi-robot kitting system that leverages AI data collection to expedite e-commerce kitting operations. Ambi said AmbiKit automates product bundling for faster delivery, increasing order accuracy and reducing operating costs.