ROHM 75Wdiode 400x275ROHM Semiconductor has announced the development of a high optical output laser diode, the RLD90QZW3, designed for applications such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), service robots in the industrial equipment sector, and consumer robot vacuums that incorporate lidar for distance measurement and spatial recognition.


CircuitMess Batmobile400x275A new Kickstarter campaign from CircuitMess, a Croatian startup, lets you build and code your own Batmobile. The kit is designed to teach children aged seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.


AuroraToyotaSienna400x275Aurora, which develops autonomous driving technologies, has shared the first look at the Toyota Sienna powered by the Aurora Driver, which is designed for “a convenient and comfortable ride-hailing experience.” The announcement is part of the company’s path to commercializing Aurora-powered Toyota vehicles designed specifically for ride hailing.


FarmersSpot400x275Farmers Insurance has announced plans to use a customized Boston Dynamics Spot mobile robot to assist with in-field catastrophe claims handling and non-catastrophe property inspections. The insurance company said it aims to improve the safety and efficiency of claims and inspections, while also becoming one of the first national insurers to deploy a robotic quadruped.


UnicornCodingToyLearning Resources, which develops educational toys, has announced Coding Critters MagiCoders, aimed at preschoolers to explore STEM concepts through storytelling as they cast spells with magical coding wands that build skills without screens.


UBTECH Panda400x275The UBTECH Panda Robot has made its global debut at the 2021 World Robot Conference in Beijing, paving the way for an appearance at next month’s Expo 2020 Dubai in the China Pavilion.


Eufy RoboVacX80 400x275Eufy, a smart home brand by Anker Innovations, has announced a new generation of robotic vacuum, the RoboVac X8 and X8 Hybrid. The hybrid model features mopping and vacuuming functions within the same unit.


VayEurope400x275Germany-based Vay has announced it will become the first company with a driverless, certified commercial mobility service operating on public streets in Europe, as soon as next year. Operating in stealth mode since its 2018 founding, the company said it will put “teledrivers” at the steering wheel of vehicles in metropolitan areas as a path towards autonomy.


NarwalT10 400x275Robotics startup Narwal has announced launching its new 2-in-1 robot mop and vacuum in Canada. The T10 features novel self-cleaning technology, and is available for $1,108 ($1399 Canadian) on the company’s website and on Amazon Canada.


Piestro 800Degrees400x275Piestro, a robotic pizzeria developing high-quality artisan pizza, has announced partnering with 800 Degrees Pizza, an international pizza brand by world-renowned chef Anthony Carron. The partnership will offer customers a fully automated culinary experience, equipped with an authentic, custom pizza recipe designed for Piestro’s cooking technology.


ArtieMax400x275Educational Insights, a toy company that aims to inspire a love of learning in every child, has announced its new coding robot. The Artie Max coding robot is aimed at children ages 8 and above to learn advanced coding concepts through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning. The coding and drawing robot aims to help kids develop critical thinking skills for engineering tasks, as well as inspire them to use creativity in a unique and modern way.


YandexOhio400x275Grubhub and the Yandex Self-Driving Group have announced it will roll out delivery via Yandex’s robots on the campus of Ohio State University (OSU). The rollout will include 50 Yandex robots to serve more than 60,000 students in food delivery from on-campus dining locations via the Grubhub app.


MayMobilityLexus400x275May Mobility, which develops autonomous vehicle and shuttle operations, has announced the launch of an on-demand AV shuttle service in Grand Rapids, Mich. In partnership with the city of Grand Rapids, the expanded service began on July 26, as part of Phase 2 of the Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, transitioning fixed route AV service into a flexible, dynamic system with a new service zone.


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.


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.