Walmart is planning to use robots to keep up with a rise in online orders. It is planning to build warehouses at its stores where self-driving robots will collect groceries and build the order in an hour to less to make them ready for shoppers to pick up. A year ago Walmart has started testing the robots at a store in Salem, New Hampshire. The retailer aims to speed up orders that are brought outside to shoppers’ cars as virus-weary shoppers avoid going inside stores.
Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics said it would start rolling out four models, including Sophia, out of factories in the H1 of 2021. The firm aims to tap the pandemic driven new opportunities for the robotics industry as it believes that robotic solutions are not limited to healthcare, but could assist in industries like retail and airlines too. Hanson aims to sell “thousands” of large and small robots in 2021.
Hyundai Motor, South Korean automaker, has invested in Tel Aviv-based Israeli startup UVeye, an automated vehicle inspection systems’ developer. Hyundai aims is to use the platform in global production lines. UVeye has raised more than $40 mn from Hyundai and other investors in four years of its launch. Its system combines AI, cloud architecture, ML and sensor fusion tech. Hyundai Motor investments in Israeli companies include Autotalks and Opsys Technology.
Chief Executive of Intel Corp’s self-driving car subsidiary Amnon Shashua said that Mobileye’s robotaxis will use multiple Luminar units to gain 360-degree lidar, radar and camera coverage all around the car. The robotaxis rolling out in eight cities in 2022 will each have four Luminar units. But Mobileye is also developing its own lidar sensor that it plans to start using in 2025 for cars, in a bid to lower the cost of autonomous driving.
Western Railway has launched an e-patrolling and beat management app for RPF personnel and security monitoring in Mumbai division. The app ensures effective supervision by real-time monitoring of staff and group communication service. Personnel log in by scanning the QR code at the duty spot. The app will soon be extended to all WR divisions. 2,600 CCTV cameras with AI, ML, and video analytics capabilities are being also set up on stations.
Hyderabad-based start-up ‘H-Bots Robotics’, as a part of its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has come up with a robotic disinfectant — ‘ACCORD’. ” The key difference that we brought in was the cost reduction of the product and functioning. ‘Accord’ will be available at a range between ₹2.5 lakh rupees to ₹7 lakh and is available in manual, semi-manual and autonomous variants” said Kishan, Founder and Chief Executive of H-Bots Robotics.
Boston Dynamics said that South Korean Hyundai Motor Group is acquiring a controlling stake in the company valuing the robot maker at $1.1 bn. Hyundai will have an 80% stake in the company while SoftBank will control the remaining 20%. The transaction marks the popular quadruped robot maker – Spot’s third change of hands in the past seven years. Google and Softbank were the two previous owners of the company. The deal is expected to close in by June.
Gartner surveyed 173 CFOs to identify digital priorities for 2021 including digital analytics, robotic pressure automation, accelerating digital skills in their teams and cloud-based ERP software. 82% of CFOs are willing to invest in Advanced data analytics, 66% in RPA, 60% in employees’ digital skills and 49% in cloud-ERP. Most CFOs, however, were not confident in transforming digital objectives for the coming year, survey stated.