Sonair exits stealth mode, debuts 3D ultrasonic sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Sensor improves safety in industrial automation


Sonair has exited stealth mode and released its 3D ultrasonic sensor for autonomous mobile robots.
Sonair, a Norway-based company that has exited stealth mode, released its new 3D ultrasonic sensor for autonomous robots that looks to improve safety in industrial automation.

Sonair, a Norway-based ultrasonic sensor company, revealed its innovative developments in sensor technology designed to improve safety in industrial automation.

The company, which has now exited stealth mode, also announced the upcoming launch of their first evaluation kit this summer, signaling a significant advancement in the field of robotic and machine autonomy.

Confident navigation with a 3D ultrasonic sensor

The Sonair 3D ultrasonic sensor allows autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to detect distance and direction to all objects in a 180x180 field of view, up to a five-meter range. Combined with 2D images and AI, the outcome is confident navigation.

The demand for AMRs is increasing, with a growth rate of 30% annually, according to Sonair, largely due to their rising use in logistics and manufacturing. Sonair's technology enables effective human-robot interaction by improving safety. It also offers manufacturers considerable cost reductions, by as much as 80% of the total sensor package.

“Today, as we step out of stealth mode, we are excited to share our vision and contributions towards a future where humans and machines can coexist safely and productively,” said Knut Sandven, CEO of Sonair. “Our cutting-edge ultrasound technology not only detects obstacles in three dimensions, but does so with unprecedented accuracy and at a fraction of the cost of current sensors.”

The Sonair ultrasonic 3D sensors for AMRs have a safety zone for confident navigation.

Founded in 2022 in Oslo, Norway, Sonair specializes in ultrasonic sensors that reduce the financial burden associated with AMRs. By utilizing patented technology developed at SINTEF's MiNaLab, Sonair’s sensors enhance a robot's vision from 2D to 3D, offering a significant improvement over traditional LiDAR and camera systems.

“Our sensors are designed to end the era of expensive laser-based sensors,” Sandven said. “With our evaluation kit releasing this summer, we encourage innovators and industry leaders to explore the potential of our technology in transforming machine perception.”

Sonair sensors in use

Several companies are already exploring Sonair’s sensor technology. One is Solwr, a company that develops a combination of robotics and software to automate picking and sorting processes in warehouse and retail environments.

“We are impressed by the technology and the unique opportunity Sonair gives us to offer mobile picking robots with next-generation operational safety solutions,” said Olivier Roulet-Dubonnet, CtO of Solwr. “We are really excited to start testing the Sonair 3D ultrasonic sensor on our robot in warehouses.”

Sonair has received strong financial backing, highlighted by a recent seed round that raised approximately 30 million Norwegian kroner from prominent investors including SINTEF Venture VI, ProVenture, Startuplab Founders Fund and Stratel.

“We are delighted to back Sonair's committed team as they develop safer and smarter robotic systems,” said Borgar Ljosland, partner at ProVenture. “Their innovative approach not only enhances human-machine interactions but also opens up significant business opportunities across various industries, including service and delivery robots.”

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.


Sonair has exited stealth mode and released its 3D ultrasonic sensor for autonomous mobile robots.

Robot Technologies