Ottonomy Inc. yesterday announced at AUVSI Xponential 2022 that its robots can autonomously navigate in both indoor and outdoor environments. It claimed that it is one of the first companies whose robots can do so without human assistance.
“Ottobots have been in pilots with retailers and restaurants across North America,” said Ritukar Vijay, co-founder and CEO of Ottonomy.io. “Our multiple trials have highlighted that the robots can safely navigate in crowded and populated indoor environments and outdoors on varying terrains and weather conditions.”
“Now, we are looking forward to a global expansion, with trials at multiple locations spread across the world aimed at solving the current labor challenges and proving economically viable use cases for robot delivery,” he added.
Founded in 2019, Ottonomy.io said its autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) provide deliveries for retailers and restaurants. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company is backed by Connetic Ventures and angel investors and received the Sustainability Product of the Year Award for 2021 from the Business Intelligence Group.
Ottonomy expects delivery robot demand to grow
The global market for delivery robots—including food and beverage, retail, and postal— will grow from $212 million (U.S.) to $957 million by 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.1%, predicted Markets and Markets. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to supply chains that were exacerbated by labor shortages, it said.
As AMR regulations become standardized across North America, Ottonomy.io said it expects demand for robot deliveries “to grow exponentially.” It offers its AMRs through a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model.
The company's Ottobots have been running at CVG Airport in Cincinnati since late 2021, and it is starting pilots in the Rome and Pittsburgh airports. In addition, Ottonomy.io plans to roll out delivery pilots across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East this year.
See Ottobot on the road
In addition to AUVSI Xponential 2022 in Orlando, Fla., Ottonomy.io has displayed its systems at CES, NRF, and NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC).
Xponential attendees can learn more about the company's Ottobots at Booth 1038 at the Orange County Convention Center from April 25 to 28.