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Good Machine Sustainability Projects Get Autonomous Lift From Plus Trucks
Trucks could help protect the environment, as a project between autonomous vehicle developer Plus and sustainability venture firm Good Machines hauls wildfire detection gear.

Walmart Invests in DroneUp for Nationwide Drone Deliveries
After completing hundreds of successful test flights in the past year, Walmart said it is expanding its partnership and investing in drone delivery and services provider DroneUp.

Pony.ai Claims to Be the First Company to Test Driverless Vehicles in Both the U.S. and China
Pony.ai has obtained authorization to conduct testing of fully autonomous vehicles in preparation for offering robotaxi services in multiple cities in China and the U.S. next year.

Warehouses Require More Flexible Automation Than Conventional ASRS, Says Caja Robotics Exec
Most automated storage and retrieval systems require warehouse operators to invest in infrastructure, notes Caja Robotics EVP Hanna Yanovsky. She claims Caja's systems offer more flexibility.

Soft Robotics Names AMP Automation as a Preferred System Integrator
Soft Robotics, which makes the mGrip compliant gripper, 3D vision, and AI systems, is working with AMP Automation to expand robotics adoption in the European food and beverage market.

MachineMetrics Raises $20M Series B Funding for Autonomous Manufacturing
Teradyne led the round for MachineMetrics, which said it applies Industrial IoT to machine monitoring to help manufacturers create the factory of the future with autonomous systems.

Waymo Raises $2.5B to Continue Autonomous Vehicle Development
Waymo said it plans to use its funding to continue developing and commercializing its autonomous driving technology and to hire more staffers as it offers service in select cities.

Airwayz Partners With Digiland for AI-Driven Drone Fleet Management Services
Airwayz, which has developed AI-based software for fleet management autonomous drones, is partnering with investment, operations, and consulting firm Digiland to deploy services worldwide.

Facility Management Company ISS Selects UVD Disinfection Robots for Global Distribution
ISS World Services will offer Blue Ocean Robotics' autonomous UVD Robots to its more than 60,000 customers for disinfecting spaces such as hospitals, factories, and offices.

Why the U.S. Infrastructure Bill Must Respond to China’s Investment in High-Tech Manufacturing and Robotics
China has made significant investments in technologies such as robotics, as well as in advanced manufacturing and global trade, so the U.S. needs the infrastructure bill to be competitive.

NVIDIA Releases Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Module for Harsh Environments
NVIDIA said its new NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial module is designed to enable multiple industries to deploy AI at the edge in environments where safety and reliability are critical.

Dusty Robotics Raises $16.5M Series A for Construction Automation
Dusty Robotics, whose FieldPrinter robot can rapidly lay out plans following building information models, will use its investment to scale up to meet construction industry demand.

Scythe Robotics Emerges From Stealth With $18.6M in Series A Funding for Autonomous Mower
Scythe Robotics has raised Series A funding and is offering its electric commercial lawnmower through a robotics-as-a-service model. It can also capture property and performance data.

FedEx, Nuro Enter Multi-Year Agreement to Test Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
FedEx and Nuro said their multiyear partnership will test Nuro's autonomous delivery vehicle within FedEx operations, as Nuro expands into parcel logistics and FedEx offers new services.

Mobile Industrial Robots Launches MiR250 Hook for Towing Heavy Carts
MiR said its patented autonomous mobile robot accessory offers high precision and performance when picking up, transporting, and delivering carts with payloads up to 1,100 lb.

RiACT Execs Aim for Cobots That Are Both Flexible and Simple to Use
RiACT, a Danish startup that has developed software for abstracting collaborative robot actions and making them easier to program, has announced pre-seed funding.

Stratom to Develop Autonomous Pallet Loader for U.S. Marine Corps
Stratom has received an SBIR contract to develop an Autonomous Pallet Loader that can move 10,000-lb. pallets on and off aircraft. Robotics 24/7 spoke with Stratom's CEO about the vehicle.

Waymo and J.B. Hunt Collaborate for Autonomous Freight Testing in Texas
The Waymo Driver will power a Class 8 autonomous truck to haul freight between facilities in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, as J.B. Hunt Transport Services evaluates the technology's potential.

TriEye and Trimble to Explore Short-Wave Infrared Sensors for Autonomous Systems, Remote Sensing
Partners are exploring the integration of TriEye's CMOS SWIR sensors with Trimble's autonomous systems to see if the technology can help them see more clearly in challenging conditions.

Intech NDE to Distribute Sarcos Robotics’ Guardian S Inspection Robot in Canada
Sarcos has named Intech NDE as official distribution partner for providing its Guardian S compact, remote visual inspection and surveillance robot to customers across Canada.



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