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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.

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.

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.

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.

Perrone Robotics Completes Demonstrations of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads
Perrone Robotics' TONY autonomy kit enables existing or new passenger and cargo shuttles to navigate complex environments, and the company plans to make them available by late summer.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of May 2021
Robotics transactions in May 2021 slowed from the previous month, but companies supplying autonomous trucks, software and sensors, and systems for new applications raised millions of dollars.

Toyota AI Ventures Rebrands as Toyota Ventures, to Invest $300M More in Emerging Tech
Toyota AI Ventures, which has invested in robotics, AI, and other emerging technologies, will add carbon neutrality to its portfolio under the Toyota Ventures Climate Fund.

Realtime Robotics Raises $31.4M Series A for Autonomous Motion Control
Realtime Robotics, which has developed processing and motion control to ease programming and enable safe robot and vehicle operations, plans to perfect its collaborative system.

SK and BriteLab to Jointly Develop Technologies for U.S. Manufacturers
BriteLab, which provides contract engineering and manufacturing services, has partnered with Korean manufacturing software provider SK to widen its automated material handling offering.

DiDi Autonomous Driving to Raise $300M, Bringing Valuation to $1.1B
DiDi Autonomous Driving, a spinoff of ride-hailing firm DiDi Chuxing, has been partnering on the development of electric, autonomous vehicles and been conducting testing in China.

10 Ground Robots in Development and Testing for Military Applications
The U.S. Department of Defense and militaries around the world are working to improve the endurance, usability, and autonomy of ground robots for explosive ordnance removal and other tasks.

BALYO and Körber Partner for Integration of Autonomous Materials Handling Trucks
BALYO, which provides autonomy technology to turn lift trucks into autonomous robots, will work with integrator Körber Supply Chain to widen adoption of warehouse automation.

How Crocs Tackled a Surge in Demand by Popping up a Warehouse in Time for Peak
Decreased training schedule allowed new distribution center associates time to manage and fulfill customer demand.

SiLC Technologies Plans to Advance 3D Sensing With $17M Series A Funding
SiLC Technologies, which has been developing a 4D+ Vision Chip, said its technology will offer best-in-class performance in range, resolution, and accuracy for lidar sensors.

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, Phantom Auto Partner to Scale Up Remote Operations of Unmanned Forklifts
Phantom Auto is integrating its vehicle-agnostic tele-operations software with Mitsubishi Logisnext America's UniCarriers and Mitsubishi-branded lifts.

RTI Connext 6.1 Updated to Ease Development, Deployment of Remotely Operated Systems
In addition to its support for complex networking environments, new features in Connext 6.1 facilitate the development of any large-scale and heterogeneous distributed system. 

Innovusion Raises $64M Series B for Automotive Lidar
Innovusion, which has offices in California and Singapore, has raised funding to continue lidar reesarch and development as it supplies autonomous vehicle makers such as NIO.

Ottopia Announces Availability of Teleoperation Software on NVIDIA DRIVE AGX
Ottopia claimed that its software, which is now available on NVIDIA's DRIVE AGX platform, can enable safe teleoperation of any system.



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