12 Aug 2022
Baidu Granted China's First Permits for Commercial Driverless Taxis
Baidu Inc has secured the first permits in China to offer commercial fully driverless robotaxi services to the public on open roads. Apollo Go, Baidu's autonomous ride-hailing service, is now authorized to collect fares for robotaxi rides - completely without human drivers in the car - in Chongqing and Wuhan, two of China's largest megacities.
11 Aug 2022
Automotive Lidar Market Will Grow to US$8.4 Billion by 2023
With the ever-increasing interest in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, adopting Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) is an important decision to reach higher vehicle autonomy and better safety. The lidar market for automotive applications will grow to US$8.4 billion by 2033, according to IDTechEx report "Lidar 2023-2033: Technologies, Players, Markets & Forecasts".
11 Aug 2022
Emberion: Cameras With Extended Spectral Band
Originally a spinoff from Nokia, Emberion was co-founded in 2016 by its employees and Verso Capital, a Finnish venture capital company. The company provides cameras with extended wavelength range as solutions to professional imaging and detection.
10 Aug 2022
Robotic Motion in Curved Spaces Defies Standard Laws of Physics
When humans, animals, and machines move throughout the world, they always push against something, whether it's the ground, air, or water. Until recently, physicists believed this to be a constant, following the law of conservation momentum. Now, researchers have proven the opposite - when bodies exist in curved spaces, it turns out that they can in fact move without pushing against something.
9 Aug 2022
Hyundai and Kia to Jointly Develop Mobile Robots for Space Exploration
Hyundai and Kia announced have signed joint research agreements with six Korean research institutes and formed a consultative body to develop mobility solutions to explore the surface of the moon. The announcement follows Korea's successful launch of a domestically produced rocket in June.
8 Aug 2022
Smart Microrobots Learn How to Swim and Navigate With AI
Researchers have been able to successfully teach microrobots how to swim via deep reinforcement learning, marking a substantial leap in the progression of microswimming capability. There has been tremendous interest in developing artificial microswimmers that can navigate the world similarly to naturally-occuring swimming microorganisms, like bacteria. Such microswimmers provide promise for a vast array of future biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery and microsurgery. Yet, most artificial microswimmers to date can only perform relatively simple maneuvers with fixed locomotory gaits.
4 Aug 2022
Surgical Robot Readies for Space Station Test
A miniaturized robot is on scheduled to blast off into space to showcase its skills. NASA recently awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln $100,000 through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to ready the surgical robot for a 2024 test mission aboard the International Space Station.
4 Aug 2022
Lidar 2023-2033: Technologies, Players, Markets & Forecasts
Forecasts taken from IDTechEx report "Lidar 2023-2033: Technologies, Players, Markets & Forecasts"
3 Aug 2022
Advanced Graphene Foam Sensors Could Transform Prosthetics
A pioneering project, which aims to develop advanced sensors for use in robotic systems, could transform prosthetics and robotic limbs. The research project aims to develop sensors which provide enhanced capabilities to robots, helping improve their dexterity and motor skills, through the use of accurate pressure sensors which provide haptic feedback and distributed touch.
2 Aug 2022
Partnership Proves Modern Robotics is All About Integrations
Cogniteam, the developers of a leading drag n' drop robotics operating system Nimbus, is partnering with a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial IoT and Edge AI solutions AAEON to develop ready-to-build robotic hardware.
1 Aug 2022
A "Nano-Robot" Built Entirely from DNA to Explore Cell Processes
Constructing a tiny robot from DNA and using it to study cell processes invisible to the naked eye... You would be forgiven for thinking it is science fiction, but it is in fact the subject of serious research. This highly innovative "nano-robot" should enable closer study of the mechanical forces applied at microscopic levels, which are crucial for many biological and pathological processes.
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.
28 Jul 2022
Engineers Get a Grip with 'Necrobotic' Spiders
Engineers are showing how to repurpose deceased spiders as mechanical grippers that can blend into natural environments while picking up objects, like other insects, that outweigh them.
28 Jul 2022
Vertical Farming: Location a Key Factor to Success
Vertical farming, the practice of growing crops indoors on vertically stacked layers, has received no small amount of interest over the last few years. The recent IDTechEx report, "Vertical Farming 2022-2032", details the economic and technological factors shaping this rapidly growing industry.
27 Jul 2022
Introducing a Protocol for Using Robotic Pets in Memory Care
You might think it was a typical therapy session at a long-term care facility. In a quiet room, a therapist sets down a pet carrier, brings out a cat, and sets it on a resident's lap. As the resident gently strokes the cat's fur, it purrs, and the therapist asks the resident questions about their childhood pets, accessing long-ago memories.
27 Jul 2022
Techman Robot — A Major Cobot Player
Techman Robot is one of the leading players in cobots, based in Taiwan. It is a subsidiary of Quanta Computer and was established in 2016. It has since grown to a size of around 1,000 employees and in 2020 opened offices in Alblasserdam, the Netherlands.
26 Jul 2022
Ford Trials Robot Charging Station to Support Disabled Drivers
For most of us, filling a car with fuel, or charging an electric vehicle is a simple task. But for disabled drivers, people with reduced mobility and older people it can be a significant challenge. Now, Ford has developed a prototype robot charging station that drivers operate via their smartphone from inside their electric vehicle. The technology could enable disabled drivers to stay in the car while charging, or they could leave the car while the robot does all the work.
25 Jul 2022
Cobots in Automotive Manufacturing
This premium article looks into cobots in automative manufacturing, including the challenges for SMEs, global car unit sales, regional SWOT analyses, and more.