VoyantPhotonics400x275Voyant Photonics, which fabricates optical systems optimized for FMCW lidar using low-cost semiconductor chips, has announced it raised $15.4 million in a Series A funding round, led by UP.Partners with participation of earlier investors LDV Capital and Contour Ventures.


YouiBot400x275Shenzhen, China-based YouiBot, which develops industrial mobile robots, has announced it completed two rounds of Series B financing, with an accumulated amount exceeding $47.1 million (RMB 300M). The company said it will focus on precision electronic manufacturing and energy by means of its core strengths in scenarios, algorithms, software/hardware and large-scale development, as well as expanding its scenario experience into new markets and quicken the pace of overseas market expansion.


Calibrate400x275Calibrate Ventures has announced $97 million in new funds to partner with founders building the next generation of leading artificial intelligence and automation companies. The Calibrate Fund II will build on the company’s track record of investing in early-stage startups that are transforming industries such as education, healthcare, logistics, law, financial services, manufacturing, and transportation.


PaceRobotics400x275Pace Robotics, a Bangalore, India-based construction robotics startup, has announced raising seed investment from Pidilite Industries Ltd., which has acquired an equity stake of 19.5% in the company. The company said it will use the funds for product development and core team expansion.


SkySafe MM2 System400x275SkySafe has announced it raised $30 million in a Series B investment to help further accelerate the company’s growth to expand production of its airspace security system for commercial adoption. The investment was led by Kingfisher Investment Advisors, with participation from new investors Gaingels and Castor Ventures. The company said it has raised $45 million in total financing.


FactionFunding400x275Faction Technology, which is developing driverless technologies for lightweight vehicles systems aimed for delivery tasks, has announced an investment from TDK Ventures, a subsidiary of TDK Corporation. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Faction vehicles combine autonomy with remote human teleoperation, which allows driverless vehicle systems to be productized without waiting for 100% autonomous technology, the company said.


DeDrone Preakness400x275Counter-drone systems maker Dedrone has announced closing a $30.5 million Series C financing round, led by Axon. The company said the funding comes on the heels of a strong year of growth, with more than 1,000 sensors sold, and a system that can now detect, identify, and locate more than 200 different drone types.


Elementary400x275Elementary, which has built an artificial intelligence machine vision platform for quality and inspection in manufacturing, has announced raising $30 million in Series B funding to support customer demand. 


Symbotic Walmart400x275Symbotic, which develops AI-enabled technology for supply chain companies, and SVF Investment Corp. 3, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by an affiliate of SoftBank Investment Advisers, has announced a definitive merger agreement expected to make Symbotic a public company listed on Nasdaq. 



Petra400x275Petra, a robotics company that can create tunnels through hard geologies for utilities, has announced the completion of a 20-foot demonstration tunnel through the hardest rock on earth, as well as a Series A funding round of $30 million. Petra’s hard rock boring robot aims to transform the way all utilities are buried underground by tackling the hardest problem in underground construction – how to bore utility tunnels reliably and cost-effectively through nightmare geologies, the company said.


RoboticResearch Fleet 400x275Robotic Research, which develops autonomous mobility and robotics technologies, has announced raising $228 million in Series A funding – the first outside capital the company has raised. The capital will be used to expand the company’s commercial division, RR.ai, which focuses on autonomous driving solutions for commercial truck, bus, drayage and logistics vehicles.


ServeRoboticsUberEats400x275Serve Robotics, which develops autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, has announced closing $13 million in an expanded seed funding round. The new capital will be used to accelerate commercialization and scaling, drive fleet expansion, grow new markets and continue to develop the product, the company said.


SilentArrow400x275Silent Arrow, which develops autonomous cargo drone technologies, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a contract for the delivery of 15 Silent Arrow drones that will be reconfigured as an autonomous cargo delivery glider.


MoovitaFunding400x275MooVita Pte Ltd., based in Singapore, has announced a Series A funding round to help expand its autonomous vehicle technology. Investors in the round include 1Derlife Growth and SEEDS Capital. Funding terms were not disclosed.


HaptX Gloves VR 400x275HaptX, which develops realistic haptic gloves for virtual reality and robotics applications, has announced it secured a $4 million credit facility from Crescent Cove Advisors. The additional money brings the company’s recent Series A funding round to $28 million, with a total funding to $35 million.


AutoFlightFunding400x275AutoFlight, which is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technologies, has announced a $100 million Series A investment by European technology investor Lukasz Gadowski, and his company, Team Global. The new funding will be used for international expansion as well as scaling cargo eVTOL production for customers.