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CIMC bridge 400x275A driverless boarding bridge has been officially put into operation at China’s Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which was made by Shenzhen-based CIMC Tianda Holding Co Ltd. The intelligent equipment features an advanced cabin door recognition and positioning system, which can transmit information instantly to the artificial intelligence-based autonomous control system.


Pexels SurveyNoSelfDrive400x275A new survey from insurance technology company Policygenius found widespread apprehension about self-driving cars, despite an increase in the use of the technology.


A3 RobotSalesAug2022Robot sales in North America have hit a record high for the third-straight quarter, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which tracks sales statistics in the robotics sector. The record was driven by a resurgence in sales to automotive companies, and continuing needs to manage increased demand to automate logistics for e-commerce. 


FAA DroneEmergency400x275The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $2.7 million to support research on how drones can assist in disaster preparedness and in emergency situations.


AeroVironmentPlanck400x275AeroVironment, which develops intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, has announced it acquired Planck Aerosystems, which develops advanced unmanned aircraft navigation solutions. The acquisition aims to accelerate AeroVironment's development of advanced autonomy capabilities, the company said. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


MarsMaxon400x275Switzerland-based maxon recently published a publication and two-minute video showcasing the company’s 60-year history. The “60 Years of Excellence” package is a colorful story that starts with biographical insights on the company’s founder, and continues with backgrounders on the many key personalities who helped develop the company’s diverse products.


BDInstitute400x275Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics have launched the Boston Dynamics AI Institute, with the goal of making fundamental advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and intelligent machines. The two groups have made an initial investment of more than $400 million in the new institute, which will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics.


UAMChallenge400x275The Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC), in partnership with TechConnect and Advanced Technology International (ATI), has announced 19 finalists for its Urban Air Mobility Challenge. The finalists will receive membership to the VLC and the chance to win $50,000 in non-dilutive funds through a pitch competition to be held on Sept. 28 at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.


iRobot Amazon400x275Amazon has announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire iRobot, maker of consumer robots such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including iRobot’s net debt. Amazon said upon completion of the merger, Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.


UR CobotsEarnings400x275Denmark-based Universal Robots, the leader in collaborative (“cobot”) robots, has announced Q2 revenue of $83 million, highlighted by strong growth in global welding demand as a key success driver in the first half of this year.


NASA MarsSampleReturn400x275NASA has announced it finished the system requirements for its Mars Sample Return Program, which is nearing completion of the conceptual design phase. The program team evaluated and refined the architecture to return scientifically selected samples, which are currently in the collection process by NASA’s Perseverance rover in Mars’ Jezero Crater.


Blueprint ReachRobotics400x275Blueprint Lab Pty Ltd., based in Sydney, Australia, has announced it will change its corporate name to Reach Robotics to reflect the company’s mission and technologies. The company creates advanced robotic arm solutions for harsh environments, enabling inspection and intervention in maritime infrastructure management, military and police operations, among other tasks.


VeoHuman Robot400x275In a survey of manufacturers sponsored by Veo Robotics, 57% of global manufacturers said they believe that robots are not replacing human workers in their facilities, but rather are working alongside humans to supplement their work.


ComeauHydrogen400x275Comau, which develops industrial automation systems, has announced it is working with multiple clients in different parts of the world to automate the production of fuel cells and electrolyzers.


SiemensNVIDIA metaverse400x275Siemens, which makes industrial automation and software, has announced an expansion of its partnership with NVIDIA to enable the industrial metaverse and increase the use of artificial intelligence-driven digital twin technology.


MeloneeWise400x275Tailos, which is developing autonomous robots for the hospitality and industrial cleaning industries, has announced the election of Melonee Wise to the company’s board of directors. Wise, the founder of Fetch Robotics and current vice president of Automation at Zebra Technologies (which acquired Fetch in 2021), brings decades of experience in robotics development and building innovative companies.


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