August 31, 2021
Velodyne Lidar and MOV.AI have announced a collaboration to provide robot manufacturers with enterprise-grade automation solutions, including mapping, navigation, obstacle avoidance and risk avoidance. The MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform, combined with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, aims to address the growing demand for automation in dynamic collaborative environments, including e-commerce, logistics, manufacturing, and hospitals.
The platform, powered by Velodyne’s Puck lidar sensors, delivers advanced tools that allow autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturers and systems integrators to address challenges of safely moving in changing and unstructured environments, such as material handling and warehouse logistics. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the pandemic helped propel U.S. online sales to $791 billion in 2020, up 32% from the prior year.
The new platform helps AMR manufacturers to quickly develop and deploy robots that can operate in dynamic environments in which humans, manual machines and robots work side by side, Velodyne said. The platform leverages the Puck sensor to allow mobile robots to traverse outside controlled situations and safely function in unfamiliar and unpredictable settings. The company added that the Puck’s compact form factor enables it to be easily embedded into robots, and that the sensor delivers high accuracy in complex indoor and outdoor environments.
The MOV.AI component is a ROS_based platform that gives customers enterprise-grade tools for advanced automation. This includes a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE), off-the-shelf algorithms and integrations, fleet management, flexible interfaces with warehouse environments such as ERP and WMS, and cybersecurity compliance. MOV.AI said the solution provides ±2 cm accuracy for a 65% dynamic environment.
“Adding MOV.AI and Velodyne to TUGBOT.ai provided our robot with an off-the-shelf, high-accuracy navigation and localization solution for the high and dynamic environments where we are deploying our AMRs,” said Fernando Freitas, CEO at RoboSavvy, manufacturer of the AMR TUGBOT.ai. “Using lidar-based SLAM enables TUGBOT.ai to navigate safely among people and other vehicles with accurate and consistent performance.”
“MOV.AI’s mission is to simplify collaborative robot development and to provide AMR manufacturers and integrators with everything they need to develop and operate great robots,” said Motti Kushnir, CEO of MOV.AI. “Through the collaboration with Velodyne, we are able to offer our customers advanced SLAM navigation powered by the Puck, one of the world’s leading lidar sensors. Use of our Robotics Engine Platform allows AMR manufacturers to quickly implement state-of-the-art navigation, while leaving them the ability to customize it to their needs.”
Velodyne said the company plans future expansion with its solid-state Velarray and Velabit products. “There is a growing demand for automation and integration of our sensors into collaborative robots,” said Erich Smidt, executive director of Europe, Velodyne Lidar. “Partnering with MOV.AI can enable us to bring safety, efficiency and sustainability into the industrial sector on a large, global scale.”
For more details on MOV.AI, visit its website here.