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.


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.


NCOA SelfDrivingSurvey400x275Approximately 70% of older drivers have said they have trust in self-driving and ride-hailing (SDRH) services, in a new survey released by the National Council on Aging and Volkswagen Group of America. Those respondents said they feel confident that these services could enhance their safety, and believe that they could help achieve tasks outside the home and do the things they want in life.


Fabric Instacart400x275Instacart, a leading online grocery platform in North America, has announced the first phase of its next-generation fulfillment initiative, designed to bring automated technology solutions to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of this initiative, the company has signed a multi-year strategic deal with Fabric as a fulfillment automation partner to pair Fabric software and robotics with Instacart technology.


Roidmi Vacuum400x275Shenzhen, China-based Roidmi has launched a new robotic vacuum cleaner with automatic dust collection and sterilization functions. With its dust spousal station, the Eve Plus vacuum can store 30 to 60 days of waste, but that also makes it vulnerable to microbes. To fix this, Roidmi added a built-in “deodorizing particle generator” that starts after each automatic disposal.


SurveyCars400x275In a new survey of consumers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany, a large majority (72.5%) said they would use a robotaxi service, and more than half expect fully functional self-driving cars are more than three years away. However, consumers remain concerned about malfunctions, avoiding obstacles, and software security of the vehicles.


iRobot ConsumerMarket400x275Technology market advisory firm ABI Research has predicted that the consumer robotics and smart appliance market will generate $80 billion in revenues in 2021, up 40% over 2020 revenues. Much of this continues to be a result of the boost in consumer spending on home technology due to the pandemic.


Argo Lyft Ford400x275Lyft, Ford Motor Company and Argo AI have announced that its commercialized autonomous ride hailing services will be deployed by the end of 2021. Initial deployments are scheduled for Miami, Fla., to be followed by Austin, Texas, the companies said in a statement.


HaptX Gloves400x275HaptX, which develops realistic haptic feedback technology, has announced raising $12 million in a Series A-1 financing round, along with a new headquarters in the Seattle area. The company also announced a second manufacturing run of its HaptX Gloves DK2, advanced haptic feedback gloves, after selling out the first run in less than six months.


CAE Volocopter400x275Aviation training firm CAE has teamed up with Volocopter, which is developing urban air mobility (UAM) services, to develop, certify, and deploy an innovative pilot training program for electric vehicle takeoff and landing (eVTOL) operations. The eVTOL pilot training program aims to develop the “pilot workforce of the future” to ensure safe introduction of eVTOL operations globally. The program will leverage CAE’s advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, mixed reality, as well as data analytics and Volocopter’s understanding of requirements for integration into the UAM system.


RobotLabPepperSMB 400x275RobotLAB, a robotics integrator that recently became the exclusive distributor of SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper and NAO robots in North America, has announced the availability of a cost-effective AI-powered package designed for small and medium businesses.


GhostSystem400x275Autonomous driving safety firm Ghost has announced closing a $100 million Series D financing round, to help continue development of its system that aims to prevent automobile crashes. Returning investors Sutter Hill Ventures and Founders Fund participated in the round, along with a new commitment from Coatue. The company is currently testing in California, and said it will use the new capital to continue development and introduce its product next year.


ParrotANAFI400x275Parrot, a Paris-based drone manufacturer, has announced that its ANAFA Ai is the first drone to use 4G as its main data link between the drone and the operator. The drone will be available in the second half of 2021 through its enterprise partners and other drone reseller networks.


Intuition ElliQ 400x275Intuition Robotics, which develops empathetic digital companion robots, has announced an expansion of its ElliQ AI-driven robot, to enable the extension of primary care teams’ presence into older adults’ homes. The expansion aims to increase patient engagement and improve the overall patient experience, while giving primary care providers continuous actionable data and insights for early detection and intervention. The company also announced a pilot with Family Doctors, a Mass General Brigham-affiliated practice in Swampscott, Mass.