Oshkosh Corp. Invests in Carnegie Foundry to Build Autonomy and Robotics Capabilities

Oshkosh is supporting Carnegie Foundry's development of robots and autonomous systems for first-responder, defense, and construction applications.

Oshkosh Corp. TerraMax unmanned ground vehicles.

Thanks to its confluence of academia, government research and development, and corporate investment, Pittsburgh continues to be a leader in automation innovation. Oshkosh Corp., which provides mission-critical vehicles and essential equipment, and Carnegie Foundry, a robotics and artificial intelligence venture studio, this week announced a strategic partnership. Oshkosh is also investing an unspecified amount in Carnegie Foundry to accelerate innovation in autonomy and robotics.

“For years, Oshkosh has been developing autonomous technology that delivers greater productivity while reducing total cost of ownership for our customers,” stated John Pfeifer, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corp. “Oshkosh’s strategic investment in Carnegie Foundry will put our customers at the forefront of emerging innovation and technology in the robotics and autonomy space.”

Oshkosh Corp. has more than 14,000 employees worldwide. The Oshkosh, Wis.-based company said its defense, active-safety, and autonomous products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG, Pierce, Oshkosh Defense, McNeilus, IMT, Jerr-Da, Frontline, Oshkosh Airport Products, London, and Pratt Miller.

Carnegie Foundry expands R&D relationships

Carnegie Foundry said it develops, matures, and commercializes intellectual property (IP) and advanced prototypes that are already market-tested and ready for new and expanded applications.

The Pittsburgh-based robotics and AI venture studio claimed that its business model mitigates engineering risk, long lead times, and high burn rate that are the most common points of failure for other robotics companies. Carnegie Foundry said it can build out and spin off multi-use technologies better, faster, and cheaper.  

Carnegie Foundry has a relationship with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University. It said its new partnership with Oshkosh will build upon this relationship and will complement Oshkosh’s ongoing work in autonomous vehicles and equipment.

Carnegie Foundry logo

The organizations said their collaboration will provide “significant benefits to the millions of people that do important work every day – including the nation’s soldiers, firefighters, and first responders, as well as environmental service, refuse-collection, and construction workers.”

“We are very excited to partner with Oshkosh Corporation as we bring autonomy, robotics, and AI innovations to market,” said Dr. Robert J. Szczerba, co-founder and CEO of Carnegie Foundry. “Industrial-scale innovations require specialized experience, a deep understanding of these unique markets, and a long-term approach. It’s our good fortune that we found investment, aligned mindsets, and large-scale industrial specialization with our partners at Oshkosh Corp.”

As part of the strategic partnership, a member of Oshkosh Corp. will join the Carnegie Foundry board of directors.


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