The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an engineering brief (#105) that provides initial guidelines for advanced electric-powered air mobility (AAM) aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) capabilities.

 

iRobot MopVacuum400x275Consumer robot vacuum maker iRobot has launched the Roomba Combo j7+, a hands-free 2-in-1 robot that simultaneously vacuums and mops with no wet carpet messes. The system is designed for homes with a mixture of carpets, rugs and hard floors, and those who want a robot vacuum that can also mop.

 

Irrigreen400x275Irrigreen, which develops robotic irrigation systems, has announced Irrigreen XP, a new sprinkler system that incorporates advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies. Irrigreen XP offers unprecedented precision watering and launches new functionality that predicts and adapts to changes in water pressure and flow.

 

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.

 

NuroUberPartner400x275Uber Technologies has announced a 10-year partnership with Nuro, which develops autonomous vehicles, to advance the use of autonomous food deliveries in the U.S. The partnership will kick off later this fall with deliveries in Houston, Texas, and Mountain View, California.

 

UBTECH Welli400x275At a recent forum around high technology and the elderly care service industry, China’s UBTECH Robotics announced a strategy of creating several systems within specific eldercare scenarios. This included the launch of several robotics products for healthcare and eldercare purposes.

 

DandyMower400x275Boston-based Dandy Technology has announced the debut of its Dandy DT-01 and DT-01XL Lawn Care Robots, which combines artificial intelligence, GPS, and visual processing with a robotics platform to create a robot designed to specifically weed a lawn.

 

MolliaGaming400x275Robotics-World spoke with Daniel Vincz, CEO of Hungary-based Mollia, about their plan to improve humanoid robot kinematics through crowdsourced gamification, with the goal of producing robots that move more like humans.

 

MotionalLyftVegas400x275Lyft and Motional have announced the launch of Motional’s all-electric IONIC 5-based robotaxi, an autonomous vehicle (AV) destined for fully driverless ride-hail operation, on the Lyft network in Las Vegas. The launch is the latest milestone in the lead-up to a fully driverless service, expected to begin in 2023 and scaling to multiple U.S. cities.

 

Dronedek400x275Dronedek, which is developing the “mailbox of the future” for drone delivery operations, has announced a strategic partnership with facial recognition provider Scylla.

 

SpotRX 400x275AdventHealth has announced it will deploy SpotRx pharmacy kiosks to make it more accessible to patients to fill prescriptions before they leave a doctor’s office. The kiosks will provide acute and chronic medications, over-the-counter products as well as creams, ointments, eyedrops and test strips.

 

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.

 

ElliQ Bold Exercise400x275Digital health and wellness company Bold has announced a strategic partnership with Intuition Robotics, which develops a robot aimed at older adults. The partnership aims to bring balance training and fitness classes to older adults through Intuition’s ElliQ robot platform.

 

Korea7 ElevenDrone400x275Pablo Air, a member of the Born2Global Center, has announced a partnership with South Korea’s 7-Eleven branch to open the first convenience store drone delivery station in Korea to advance the commercialization of drone delivery.

 

SupernalCabinConcept400x275Supernal, a part of Hyundai Motor Group developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, has announced its initial cabin concept at the Farnborough International Airshow, providing a first look at how Hyundai is integrating automotive capabilities to develop the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market.

 

AmazonDroneTexas400x275Amazon has announced the second U.S. city location for its Prime Air drone delivery service, picking College Station, Texas (home to Texas A&M University). This follows last month’s announcement of drone delivery services to residents in Lockeford, Calif.