PoliMOVE Wins CES 2023 Autonomous Challenge, Sets New Racetrack World Speed Record
| |

PoliMOVE Wins CES 2023 Autonomous Challenge, Sets New Racetrack World Speed Record

The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) team PoliMOVE from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and the University of Alabama (Alabama) won the second annual Autonomous Challenge @ CES, reaching max speeds of 180 mph, a new autonomous speed world record for a racetrack. Pushing boundaries of head-to-head autonomous racing, PoliMOVE competed at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway against a…

Intuitive Machines Adds Dymon’s Yaoki Commercial Lunar Rover to its Second Mission
| | | |

Intuitive Machines Adds Dymon’s Yaoki Commercial Lunar Rover to its Second Mission

Intuitive Machines, which develops space exploration and infrastructure systems, and Japan-based robotics company, Dymon Co., have signed an agreement to fly Dymon’s Yaoki rover on Intuitive Machines’ second mission to the Moon. Yaoki is expected to be flown to the lunar south pole on board Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander in the second half of…

MOV.AI Launches Flow Environment to Simplify ROS Development
| |

MOV.AI Launches Flow Environment to Simplify ROS Development

MOV.AI, which develops the Robotics Engine Platform, has announced the beta release of Flow, a visual integrated development environment (DE) designed specifically for ROS-based robot software. The open IDE speeds and streamlines robot software development with a visual representation of ROS projects, making it easier to understand ROS projects and allow for simple and intuitive…

WPI Launches Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute
| | |

WPI Launches Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute

Faculty members Vladimir Vantsevich and Lee Moradi have established an Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute (AVMI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that is expanding the university’s interdisciplinary research into autonomous vehicle technologies and boosting educational opportunities for students. Professor Vantsevich and Professor Moradi are both in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.  Vantsevich and Moradi said they are building on their…

Danish Robot Collects Tons of River Waste in Demonstration
| | |

Danish Robot Collects Tons of River Waste in Demonstration

All In On Green  has announced that its robot waste collector, SeaProtectorOne, collected more than 100,000 pieces of waste from a river in Denmark over the course of 20 months.  Installed at the mouth of the river in Aarhus, Denmark, where the river flows into the harbor and wider sea, the robot collects waste such…

IFR: China Overtakes U.S. in Robot Density
| | |

IFR: China Overtakes U.S. in Robot Density

China’s massive investment in industrial robotics has put the country in the top ranking of robot density, surpassing the U.S. for the first time, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The number of operational industrial robots relative to the number of workers hit 322 units per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry. Today,…

Making Soft Robotics Stronger Improves VR Gloves, Opening New Applications
| |

Making Soft Robotics Stronger Improves VR Gloves, Opening New Applications

Soft robots, or those made with materials like rubber, gels and cloth, have advantages over their harder, heavier counterparts, especially when it comes to tasks that require direct human interaction. Robots that could safely and gently help people with limited mobility grocery shop, prepare meals, get dressed, or even walk would undoubtedly be life-changing. 

 

Duality Robotics, AWS Unveil City-Scale Simulator
| |

Duality Robotics, AWS Unveil City-Scale Simulator

Duality Robotics, working with Amazon Web Services (AWS), unveiled an exciting new visualization of high-fidelity, city-scale simulation. Showcased at AWS re:Invent 2022, the “Rush Hour Emergency and Response Simulation in Smart Cities” demo illustrates what Falcon, Duality’s digital twin simulator, can achieve when integrated with AWS SimSpace Weaver, AWS’s newly debuted fully managed compute service that helps customers build, operate, and oversee large-scale spatial simulations.

 

Researchers Test AI-Equipped Cars to Ease Traffic Jams, Save Fuel
| |

Researchers Test AI-Equipped Cars to Ease Traffic Jams, Save Fuel

A consortium of researchers from several universities, Nissan North America and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have completed a five-day, open-track experiment that aims to increase fuel savings and ease traffic through the use of artificial intelligence. The group said a single AI-equipped vehicle influenced the speed and driving behavior of up to 20 surrounding cars, causing a positive ripple effect to help smooth human-caused congestion.

 

Team PoliMOVE Wins Indy Autonomous Challenge in Texas
| | |

Team PoliMOVE Wins Indy Autonomous Challenge in Texas

Team PoliMOVE has won The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco at Texas Motor Speedway, competing in a field of six autonomous racing teams. The competition, held on Nov. 11, marked the third autonomous racing competition organized by the Indy Autonomous Challenge, and was the first one to be held at Texas Motor Speedway. Teams competed at speeds that topped 140 mph, with the addition of unseasonably cold and wet weather conditions that dropped track temperatures to near freezing.

 

Researchers Design Low-Cost, Obstacle-Ready Robot Dog
| |

Researchers Design Low-Cost, Obstacle-Ready Robot Dog

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a robotic system that enables a low-cost and relatively small legged robot to climb and descend stairs nearly its height; traverse rocky, slippery, uneven, steep and varied terrain; walk across gaps; scale rocks and curbs; and even operate in the dark.

 

Video: Kodiak Robotics Demonstrates Self-Driving Truck Tire Blowout
| | |

Video: Kodiak Robotics Demonstrates Self-Driving Truck Tire Blowout

Kodiak Robotics, which develops self-driving trucks for long-haul transportation, announced a successful demonstration that its autonomous technology, Kodiak Driver, can maintain complete control of the truck when it suffers a catastrophic tire blowout.

 

Luxonis Launches Open-Source Personal Robot Platform
| | |

Luxonis Launches Open-Source Personal Robot Platform

Luxonis, a Colorado-based robotic vision platform, has announced Rae, a fully-formed and high-powered personal robot. The Rae system offers multiple features out of the box, along with experimental programming potential that exceeds other consumer robots on the market, with a goal of making robotics accessible and simple for users of any experience level.

Telepresence Robotics Teams Gather to Compete in $8M Avatar XPRIZE
|

Telepresence Robotics Teams Gather to Compete in $8M Avatar XPRIZE

The ANA Avatar XPRIZE final competition is set to take place this weekend in Long Beach, Calif., where 17 teams from 10 countries will compete for the $8 million grand prize. Sponsored by Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), the Avatar XPRIZE challenges teams to develop physical, human-operated robotic avatar systems that can execute tasks and replicate a human’s senses, actions and presence to a remote location in real time.