October 19, 2021
MOV.AI has announced its Robotics Engine Platform, which lets manufacturers of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), automation integrators and manufacturers of manual logistics vehicles to quickly build AMRs suitable for 85% dynamic environments. The platform is the latest version of the MOV.AI software.
With demand for AMRs exploding, the company said logistics vehicle manufacturers and new companies interested in building AMRs are finding it difficult to develop AMRs and automated logistics vehicles that meet customer expectations.
“Until now, AMR manufacturers had to choose between long and expensive inhouse development and third-party black box solutions with hardware limitations,” said Motti Kishnir, CEO of MOV.AI. “We are changing that. For the first time, companies have everything they need to easily build advanced robots that are simple to deploy and operate. By providing an end-to-end system that contains everything that is needed to create great robot software – whether integrating third-party hardware, selecting and integrating advanced autonomy algorithms, visual deployment and operation tools or integration with automation environments – MOV.AI frees manufacturers to focus on what makes them unique.”
Highlights of the new version include:
- Visual ROS-based integrated development environment (IDE)
- An open plugin framework that lets developers easily integrate MOV.AI and third-party off-the-shelf algorithms and drivers.
- Advanced autonomy algorithms, including 3D SLAM localization (enabling +/- cm localization accuracy in 85% dynamic environments, autonomous navigation, automated obstacle avoidance and risk prevention, and automated sensor calibration.
- A 3D physics simulator integrated into the MOV.AI IDE. This speeds up development without compromising on quality by testing robot software without the need for a physical robot.
- Enterprise-grade software tools for debugging, versioning, continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) and security, all available directly in the IDE.
- A scene editor, which lets you define an operational layer, including zones, keypoints, virtual paths and more – for behavior planning and real-time decision making
- A behavior editor, with a visual interface that allows robot mission automation
- Task management, which defines tasks using task and data templates, enabling the automatic generation of hundreds of task instances and integrating them with the scene
- Integrations with the automation environment and with legacy hardware, external sensors and actuators, along with the ability to share data with diverse sources.
Additional tools include interruption-free software updates and cybersecurity updates, task control, fleet management, analytics, alerts and calls to action.
“Robot development is complex, and there are very few development tools to speed it up,” said Limor Schwietzer, CTO and founder of MOV.AI “ROS is great and constantly evolving, but it was built for robotics researchers that do not need to deal with enterprise needs such as quality, versioning or security. We built a platform that non-expert developers can use to pick and choose the functionality they need and easily configure it into their robot software. We also added all the tools needed for the important tasks of deployment and operation.”
For more details on the platform, visit the MOV.AI website here.