ABB Robotics Releases New Visual SLAM Technology to Enhance Navigation Capabilities of Its AMRs

ABB partnered with Sevensense Robotics to develop the technology and will be incorporating it into its newest mobile robots.

ABB Robotics

The new VSLAM technology will be used in the AMR T702V, from Q3 2023, and the AMR P604V, from Q4 2023.
ABB has taken the wraps off its new Visual SLAM technology that takes advantage of artificial intelligence and 3D vision.

ABB Robotics today unveiled its Visual SLAM technology designed to help autonomous mobile robots better navigate their surroundings.

The Zürich, Switzerland-based company said Visual SLAM combines AI and 3D vision technologies to guarantee a superior performance in comparison to other guidance techniques for AMRs. Offering significant advantages over other forms of navigation such as magnetic tape, QR codes, and traditional 2D SLAM that require additional infrastructure to function, Visual SLAM AMRs are being embraced by companies to handle an expanding range of production and distribution tasks, the company said.

ABB developed Visual SLAM AMRs in collaboration with partner Sevensense Robotics, a provider of AI and 3D visual technology.

The technology is being incorporated in ABB’s latest generation AMRs, the AMR T702V, from Q3 2023, and the AMR P604V, from Q4 2023. These will be followed by other AMR products incorporating Visual SLAM which will be rolled out up to 2025.

“Our introduction of Visual SLAM AMRs radically enhances companies’ operations, making them faster, more efficient and more flexible, while freeing up employees to take on more rewarding work,” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics Division.

How does Visual SLAM work?

Visual SLAM uses cameras mounted on the AMR to create a real time 3D map of all objects in the surrounding area. The system can differentiate between fixed navigation references such as floors, ceilings and walls that need to be added to the map, and objects such as people or vehicles that move or change position.

The cameras detect and track natural features in the environment enabling the AMR to dynamically adapt to its surroundings and determine the safest and most efficient route to its destination.

Unlike 2D SLAM, Visual SLAM requires no additional references such as reflectors or markers, saving cost and space and offers accurate positioning to within three millimeters, according to ABB.

By eliminating the need to change the environment, stop production, or add infrastructure, Visual SLAM technology helps to reduce commissioning time by up to 20 percent compared to 2D SLAM, significantly reducing the time needed to introduce a new AMR into the existing fleet. 

ABB at LogiMAT

The technology can be used at scale with fleets updated remotely. The technology is also secure, as it analyzes raw data only, with no visual images saved on either the AMR or on a server.

Visual SLAM will be introduced by ABB at booth G07, Hall 6 at LogiMAT 2023, which takes place from April 25 to 27 in Stuttgart, Germany. ABB will also be hosting a keynote presentation, ‘AI and Robotics enabling the next generation of logistics automation’, which will take place on April 26 in the ICS, room 5.3, at 15.00.

ABB Visual SLAM Technology​

Email Sign Up

Get news, papers, media and research delivered
Stay up-to-date with news and resources you need to do your job. Research industry trends, compare companies and get market intelligence every week with Robotics 24/7. Subscribe to our robotics user email newsletter and we'll keep you informed and up-to-date.

ABB Robotics

The new VSLAM technology will be used in the AMR T702V, from Q3 2023, and the AMR P604V, from Q4 2023.

Robot Technologies