UAE MarineChallenge400x275A group from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking registrations for its latest robotics challenge – the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) Maritime Grand Challenges will focus on finding real-time solutions for maritime safety and security. The challenge will be held in Abu Dhabi in June 2023, with more than $3 million in prize money being offered to teams.


TeamExplorer400x275Team Explorer lived up to its name during the final round of DARPA's Subterranean Challenge. The team’s fleet of robots mapped nearly the entire course and explored more of the course than any other team. The team, made up of students, faculty and staff from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, placed fourth in the final round of DARPA's SubT Challenge, scoring 17 points.


ForkliftDriver400x275In a new study of third-party logistics (3PL) providers and other supply chain leaders, only about one in three either have invested in or planned on investing in robotics or other automation technologies. Instead, other technologies such as digital twins, intelligent data analytics (through AI or machine learning), Internet of Things and 5G wireless were on top of mind.


AgileX LIMO 400x275AgileX Robotics, which develops mobile robots, has announced the launch of LIMO – a ROS-based multi-modal car with four steering modes and open-source projects aimed at both ROS beginners and advanced programmers. The new robotics platform has “virtually unlimited applications” for education, business and industry. The LIMO is available through a Kickstarter project.


AuburnIndyCar400x275Auburn Engineering's world-renowned autonomous vehicle research program literally lapped the competition — and made history in the process. Comprised of students in Auburn's GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Lab (GAVLAB), Autonomous Tiger Racing (ATR) was the first to run the Dallara AV-21 autonomous race car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) last month in preparation for the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge on October 23.


PexelsDrivingOutlawed400x275A new report from strategic research firm IDTechEx said autonomous cars will match or exceed human safety by 2024, after which it will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%. By 2050, driving will be outlawed as autonomous vehicles are proven to be vastly superior in terms of safety and collisions when compared to human driving, the company said.


Fetch Lucas400x275Global technology market advisory firm ABI Robotics has predicted that commercial robot revenue in warehouses will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 23% from 2021 to 2030, with revenues exceeding $51 billion by 2030. The growth rate is driven by autonomous, collaborative and mobile robots, along with augmented reality powered smart glasses and handheld devices, the firm said.


FBN Tractor400x275.jpgFarmers Business Network (FBN), a global farmer-to-farmer network and agricultural technology company, has announced it will begin taking 2022 applications for its FBN On-Farm R&D Trial Program, a real-world testing program for sustainable agriculture and innovative technologies that connects developers of tech solutions, including robots and sensors, directly with farmers and large scale, on-farm, real-world testing environments.


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.


FSReport LightsOut400x275A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests that the rapidly falling prices of robots and continually increasing labor costs will accelerate manufacturers’ shift to a lights-out manufacturing setting, in which minimal human intervention is needed to run day-to-day operations.


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.


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.


CMU narrow street400x275It is a scenario familiar to anyone who has driven down a crowded, narrow street. Parked cars line both sides, and there isn't enough space for vehicles traveling in both directions to pass each other. One has to duck into a gap in the parked cars or slow and pull over as far as possible for the other to squeeze by. Drivers find a way to negotiate this, but not without close calls and frustration. Programming an autonomous vehicle (AV) to do the same — without a human behind the wheel or knowledge of what the other driver might do — presented a unique challenge for researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research.


CMU RoboticsProject400x275Carnegie Mellon University has announced the launch of The Robotics Project, which aims to preserve and promote the legacy of the field of robotics. Its first exhibit, Building the Robot Archive, documents the legacy of robotics at CMU and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative effort between roboticists and archivists to document the field’s history.


Surfacide RedSox 400x275Robotics Data, a strategic partner of Robotics World, has announced its latest market report, “Disinfection Robots: Sanitizing the World, One Room at a Time.” The exclusive report provides details on more than 60 companies worldwide creating UVC-based disinfection robots, both semi-autonomous and autonomous. The special report is available for $199 through July 31, 2021, and can be purchased here.



SaildroneSurveyor400x275Saildrone has announced that its uncrewed, autonomous Saildrone Surveyor was expected to arrive in Hawaii after a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu. While its autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) have performed ocean crossings before, the Surveyor is a new, larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping.