Robot Types

ArgoMiami400x275Autonomous vehicle technology developer Argo AI has announced it began driverless operations in Miami, Fla., and Austin, Texas, two of the eight global cities in which it is currently developing its technology. 

 

At this year’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, Hitech exhibited products ranging from their well-known actuators to their advanced drone systems, but of special interest were the company’s newest American-made and marketed sensors and electronics.

 

MotionalUberSantaMonica400x275Driverless technology provider Motional has announced teaming up with Uber to launch autonomous deliveries for Uber Eats customers in Santa Monica, Calif. Motional will use all-electric IONIQ 5 vehicles that operate autonomously to conduct end-to-end food deliveries.

 

MARTAC T38 DevilRay400x275One of the more interesting technologies that we saw at this year’s Xponential 2022 in Orlando was the MARTAC T38, a 38-foot autonomous boat that can cruise the waters at up to 80 knots, and make tight, high-velocity turns in the water.

 

KodiakFallback400x275Kodiak Robotics has publicly demonstrated its fallback system, technology that autonomously pulls a self-driving truck over to the side of the road in the event of a truck or system failure. The company said a fallback is critical to safely deploying driverless trucks on public roads.

 

NowRX 400x275NowRX, a technology-powered pharmacy looking to provide same-day prescription delivery and telehealth services, has partnered with Hyundai Motor Group to explore the use of new solutions in the delivery of prescription medications, including autonomous vehicles.

 

SeaWolfUUV400x275Canada-based Cellula Robotics has announced it is six months into a contract with Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) to help develop the next generation of its fuel cell powered, Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with sovereign subcontractors, the project SeaWolf is set to debut the first 12-meter XLUUV hull in Q4 2022.

 

Humatics400x275Humatics, which develops highly precise location-based radio frequency technology, has announced the release of a new microlocation transponder that is 66% smaller than its previous version. The smaller size aims to open a new level of deployment options for the market, which includes robotics applications, the company said.

 

FlexivRDK400x275Flexiv, which develops intelligent general-purpose robots, has announced the release of its Robotic Development Kit (RDK), which provides users with a toolkit to enhance how their robot works, as well as let them create customized applications easier.

 

DustyRoboticsFundingSF400x275Dusty Robotics, which creates robotics for the construction industry, has announced it raised $45 million in a Series B funding round. The company said it plans to use the funds to grow its team, expand its product offerings, and accelerate manufacturing with a goal of deploying Dusty products on all construction sites in the U.S.

 

SouthieFunding400x275Boston-based Southie Autonomy, which develops intelligent robotic automation software, has announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding. The company also announced an additional $5 million in venture lease funding to support Southie’s robot-as-a-service business model.

 

DHL DoraSorter400x275DHL eCommerce Solutions has announced it conducted a successful one-year pilot of two DoraSorter robotic systems at its Atlanta distribution center. The robotic sortation systems are one of the projects that are part of DHL’s $100 million, five-year automation investment plan.

 

SoloAVT SD1 400x275Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies (Solo AVT) has revealed the design and specifications of the SD1, its long-haul, battery-electric Class 8 truck tailored specifically for autonomous driving.

 

Volvo DHL 400x275Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS), a division of Volvo Group, has announced it will offer a new hub-to-hub autonomous transport solution that aims to serve four main customer segments: shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers. The company also announced it will partner with DHL Supply Chain as its first customer to pilot the system, in order to develop a business model with customers that addresses the steps required to bring its autonomous solutions to market with a safe, sustainable approach.

 

PurdueDroneDelivery400x275Purdue Athletics has teamed up with its hospitality partner Levy, DBK Studio, Chicago-based Valqari and USOG to pilot a drone-delivered food and beverage service at its sports and entertainment venue. The pilot program took place from April 27-30 at Alexander Field, home of Purdue Baseball.

 

BerkshireGrey BGFlex400x275Berkshire Grey, which develops artificial intelligence-enabled robots to help automate supply chain processes, has announced the general availability of its next-generation mobile robotic platform, BG Flex.