17 Aug 2022
EasyMile: Roboshuttle Leader
EasyMile is a French-based roboshuttle company that was founded in 2014. It has been one of the leaders in the roboshuttle space, but these vehicles still aren't catching on and trial deployments are not converting to fleet orders.
15 Aug 2022
Another Step on the Path to Widespread MaaS
The automotive industry and many robotics start-ups have been promising that autonomous cars are just a couple of years away for many years now. It feels like this "just a couple of years" has been perpetually kicked down the road, with only incremental gains each time. However, Cruise, the robotaxi arm of General Motors, has recently been given approval to start charging passengers in San Francisco. So, is this an enormous leap forward for robotaxis, or just another incremental gain?
15 Aug 2022
Manna Drone Delivery: Fully Autonomous Drone Delivery in Europe
Manna Drone Delivery was founded in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. It has an office in San Francisco, USA. The company raised US$25 million in funding in 2021. Manna provides fully autonomous drone delivery services, focused on low-value but high-frequency categories, such as takeaway food, coffee, and groceries.
12 Aug 2022
Waymo: Autonomous Trucking
Waymo is one of the key players and leaders in both autonomous trucking and robotaxis. It has backing from Alphabet (parent company of Google). Waymo is running daily commercial trips (with a safety driver) for potential partners and expanding its fleet and operations ready for full autonomous missions.
10 Aug 2022
Orpyx has developed a smart insole technology designed to aid diabetics with peripheral neuropathy and prevent ulcers and reduce demand for surgical interventions. Tess Skyrme, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, interviewed the VP of Marketing, Karen Smith.
4 Aug 2022
BSL Battery operates in China and develops and sells batteries into the solar/residential and low speed vehicle markets.
1 Aug 2022
Nuro: Curbside Delivery Robots
Nuro makes zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles. It has commercial partnerships with Kroger and 7-Eleven and is completing autonomous grocery deliveries to customers today. Nuro was one of the first companies to receive permission to operate a commercial autonomous service in the US and is pushing policy makers to continue making progress for the autonomous vehicle industry.
20 Jun 2022
Cybersecurity Tools to Protect Solar, Wind Power on the Grid
Solar panels and wind turbines, now projected to produce 44% of America's electricity by 2050, present cybersecurity challenges. They have sensors, controllers, actuators or inverters that are directly or indirectly connected to the internet. They're distributed far and wide across the country and the countryside. Many have insecure connectivity to legacy electric grid systems. They have complex physics. They're subject to advanced persistent threats. And there will be more and more of them going online.
25 May 2022
Seamlessly Integrating Deep Learning into Biomolecule Design
AlphaFold is an artificial intelligence program developed by DeepMind that can predict the 3D structure of a protein from an amino acid sequence with unprecedented accuracy. Not only is it a scientific breakthrough with huge potential, but it is also emblematic of the new era of modern biotech — data-driven, open-sourced, collaborative and ultimately, faster than ever.
23 May 2022
Partnered to develop ICON Digital Radar, capable of scanning the environment in four dimensions and with MIMO capabilities. Uhnder and Magna have partnered to supply radars to Fisker.
11 Apr 2022
Bear Robotics is a US-based company specializing in hospitality robots, specifically food delivery robots.
4 Apr 2022
AI and Robotics Uncover Hidden Signatures of Parkinson's Disease
A study unveils a new platform for discovering cellular signatures of disease that integrates robotic systems for studying patient cells with artificial intelligence methods for image analysis. Using their automated cell culture platform, scientists at the successfully identify new cellular hallmarks of Parkinson's disease by creating and profiling over a million images of skin cells from a cohort of 91 patients and healthy controls.
22 Mar 2022
TriLite is a developer and manufacturer of laser beam scanning (LBS) projectors, targeted especially for use in consumer augmented reality (AR) glasses. TriLite's Trixel 3 projector is extremely compact to fit in the arm of glasses, uses a single biaxial MEMS mirror from Infineon, and does not require external relay optics. The firm, based in Vienna, Austria, has developed innovative machine learning-based software to simplify calibration and control, reducing production costs and increasing manufacturing yields.
21 Mar 2022
Wisk are an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer, headquartered in Mountain View, California, who are conducting flight trials in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Their Cora aircraft is being developed as an autonomous air taxi.