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Local Motors, Developer of Olli Autonomous Shuttle, Shuts Down
Local Motors, which had developed the Olli autonomous shuttlebus, reportedly shut down this week after successful fundraising rounds and testing last year.

ARM Institute Picks Team to Develop Virtual Reality to Help Manufacturing Workers Get Robot Credentials
The U.S. Department of Defense and the ARM Institute have chosen SimInsights, APT Manufacturing Solutions, and IBL Education to develop virtual reality for assessing robotics skills.

Seegrid Expects Increased Demand for AMRs to Drive More Growth in 2022
Last year, Seegrid added nearly 200 staffers and introduced three mobile robots, new analytics software, and multiple enhancements to its fleet management and performance software.

Ouster to Provide 3,000 Lidar Sensors to Vecna Robotics to Meet Demand for Material Handling Automation
Ouster, which provide high-resolution lidar, has agreed to provide its sensors to Vecna Robotics through 2025 as demand continues to grow for warehouse and logistics automation.

Festo Reports Strong Demand for Magswitch E-Series Magnetic Grippers
Festo, which is distributing Magswitch's E-Series magnetic grippers, says their novel design characteristics enable fast and effective gripping of objects without damage.

Nuro Unveils Third-Generation Vehicle; Plans to Scale Autonomous Delivery to Millions
Nuro's third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle includes enhanced safety, storage, and sustainability features, as it expands manufacturing and U.S. deployments.

Berkshire Grey Releases System Designed Specifically for Reverse Logistics
Berkshire Grey's automated Reverse Logistics system is designed to help e-commerce retailers and 3PLs accelerate resale of returns by reducing processing time by up to 25%.

Cogniteam’s Nimbus Supports Cloud-Enabled Robot Deployment With NVIDIA Jetson Edge AI
Cogniteam integrates NVIDIA Isaac GEMs into Nimbus, streamlining robotics from development to deployment using the NVIDIA Jetson platform and ROS support.

Magna International Acquires Optimus Ride Engineering Team
Magna, a major automotive technology supplier, has acquired self-driving shuttle developer Optimus Ride and will add its employees to its driver-assist efforts.

Aptiv Acquires Wind River From TPG for Edge Software, Connected Devices
Aptiv, which has developed software for connected vehicles, says it will acquire intelligent edge software provider Wind River to enable the software-defined future.

Universal Robots CEO Discusses Cobot Leader’s Outlook for 2022
Universal Robots expects strong growth in 2022, despite the pandemic and the need to educate small businesses on the potential benefits of cobots, says Kim Povlsen.

Indy Autonomous Challenge at CES 2022 Revs Up for Head-to-Head Race
After a successful competition in October 2021, the Indy Autonomous Challenge is testing self-driving racecars at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. The lead organizer describes the challenge.

TDK Announces RoboKit1 Platforms for Robotics Developers at CES 2022
The TDK RoboKit1 platform joins the SmartRobotics family, includes several sensors and controllers, and is compatible with ROS, said TDK's InvenSense unit.

Hy-Tek Holdings Acquires Fellow Integrator Advanced Handling Systems
Hy-Tek Holdings is acquiring Advanced Handling Systems and adding the automation systems integrator to its Hy-Tek Material Handling group serving varied applications.

Formant Raises Series A Funding for Cloud-Based Robot Fleet Management Platform
Formant plans to double in size as demand grows for its technology for managing heterogeneous fleets of robots in industries such as logistics and agriculture.

RE2 Robotics Recaps 2021 Successes and Looks Ahead to 2022
RE2 Robotics, which develops mobile manipulation robots and software, noted that its technology found uses in aviation, construction, and healthcare, with applications still growing.

Ambarella Launches CV3 AI Domain Controller for Autonomous Vehicle Perception
Ambarella says its CV3 domain controller offers single-chip high performance for AI and sensor fusion at low power for autonomous vehicles and driver-assist systems.

NVIDIA Offers Isaac AMR Platform to Aid $10T Logistics Industry
NVIDIA Isaac AMR includes DeepMap for mapping, Metropolis for situational awareness, and ReOpt for fleet optimization of autonomous mobile robots.

HASCO Partners With ABB to Increase Automation Among Chinese Automakers
Automotive parts supplier HASCO and robotics expert ABB have created a joint venture to develop smart automation to provide flexibility and sustainability for Chinese automakers.

Indy Autonomous Challenge Readies for Next Self-Driving Race at CES 2022
UAE and European teams to help kick off Indy Autonomous Challenge's head-to-head self-driving car race at CES 2022 in Las Vegas this week.



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