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MassRobotics AWS400x275MassRobotics has announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), creating a Robotics Startup Accelerator to help companies address the biggest challenges in the automation, robotics, and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.



Gripper ComponentReport400x275Global market intelligence firm Interact Analysis is predicting that the market for industrial robot components will enjoy strong double-digit growth for 2021, with expected revenues to exceed $9.3 billion by 2025. The company warned, however, that this year’s market growth in revenue can be partially explained by major price increases in key components and raw materials, as well as supply chain issues and general inflationary pressures.


Locomation Convoy 400x275Locomation, which develops autonomous trucking solutions, has announced the findings of an independent environmental impact evaluation that said its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, fuel consumption, and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.


iRobot Aeris 400x275Consumer robot maker iRobot has announced it acquired privately-held Aeris Cleantec AG, a provider of premium air purifiers based in Cham, Zug Switzerland. iRobot said the acquisition supports is vision of building “the most thoughtful robotics and developing intelligent home innovations that make life better.”


MidnightRobotics400x275Smart farm operations management company Fieldin has announced it acquired Midnight Robotics, a developer of agricultural autonomous driving technology. The acquisition combines a sensor-based operational farming platform with autonomous driving technologies to empower growers in the day-to-day management of their farms. Fieldin said it is already deploying the combined platform in major platforms in California, with additional deployments of the end-to-end system in coming months.


WiskAero400x275Wisk, which is developing autonomous air mobility (AAM) technologies, will be displaying its fifth generation, self-flying, electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi during this week’s CoMotion LA event, November 16 through 18.


A3 Q3 RobotOrders400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced that strong robot sales in Q3 2021 has brought the total number of orders so far this year to nearly 29,000 units, valued at $1.48 billion. This represents the best numbers ever recorded for the North American robotics market.


Motional Lyft IONIQ 400x275Motional and Lyft have announced the planned launch of a fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas, the first city in a planned multimarket deployment. The next generation of Motional’s robotaxis, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, will be available on the Lyft app in Las Vegas starting in 2023.


BrainTennant DenverSchools400x275Brain Corp, which develops artificial intelligence technology for robotics, has announced that its BrainOS-powered fleet of autonomous mobile robots have officially reached 100 billion square feet of coverage. The company said this has given back 6.8 million of hours back to employees and operations managers, allowing them to focus on other high-value tasks such as customer experience.


IFR MIR 400x275The International Federation of Robotics has reported that the market of professional service robots worldwide has reached $6.7 billion, up 12% compared with 2020. At the same time, sales of new consumer service robots grew 16% to $4.4 billion. The figures are part of the IFR’s World Robotics 2021 report.


ALIO Hexapod400x275Allied Motion Technologies, which designs and manufactures precision and specialty controlled motion products, has announced it acquired ALIO Industries, which manufactures advanced linear and rotary motion systems for nano-precision applications. The $20 million purchase price includes $15 million in cash and $5 million in Allied common stock. In addition, there are potential earn-out payments over the next three years based upon ALIO achieving certain annual EBITDA targets.


OttobockSuitX 400x275Ottobock, which develops prosthetics, orthotics and exoskeletons, has announced the acquisition of 100% of the shares of suitX, a U.S.-based company that spun out of the Robotics and Human Engineering Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, and was developing occupational and medical exoskeletons. The combination of the companies will look to advance the exoskeleton market to foster the worldwide adoption of exoskeletons, the companies said in a statement.


UR KimPovlsen400x275Universal Robots has released its Q3 2021 results, reporting record revenue of $78 million, up 46% compared to Q3 2020, and 31% up from its pre-pandemic Q3 2019 revenue.


IFR Yaskawa 2021 400x275The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has released its World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots report, showing a record 943,000 industrial robots operating in China’s factories today – an increase of 21% compared with the previous year. Sales of new robots grew strongly, with about 168,000 units shipped in 2020, a 20% increase compared to 2019 and the highest value ever recorded for a single country.


AmbarellaOculii 400x275Ambaralla, which develops AI vision silicon, has announced it will acquire Ohio-based Oculii Corporation. Oculii’s adaptive AI software algorithms are designed to enable radar perception with current production radar chips to achieve significantly higher (up to 100x) resolution, longer range, and greater accuracy.


IndyChallenge TUM winners400x275A team from Germany, TUM Autonomous Motorsport from the Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich), has won the Indy Autonomous Challenge, the first autonomous racecar competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. TUM competed in a field of nine teams from 21 universities to win the $1 million grand price.