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Qualcomm Unveils Next-Gen 5G, Edge AI Systems for Autonomous Mobile Robots and Drones
Qualcomm said its new Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and RB5 AMR Reference Design will bring 5G and edge AI to systems for industrial automation, delivery, urban air mobility, and more.

Cogniteam Raises Series A Funding to Enhance Nimbus Low-Code AI for Robotics
Cogniteam, which says its Nimbus platform can accelerate robot development from a process that can take up to six years, plans to grow its product development and sales teams.

American Robotics Gets FAA Approval to Deploy Drones Without Operators at Seven Additional Sites
American Robotics, which had already received FAA permission to fly beyond the visual line of sight at three sites, can now operate drones without people on site across six states.

ModalAI Launches New Autopilot System for Drones and Ground Robots
Taking advantage of the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform, ModalAI has introduced the next generation of its UAS framework autopilot system.

Stratom Launches Summit Off-Road Autonomy Platform for Vehicles in Complex Environments
Stratom said its new Summit modular software platform is designed for flexibility, safety, and easy implementation of autonomous systems for indoor, outdoor, and off-road applications.

Meijer Donates $1M to Clean Up Midwest Lakeshores Using Drones, Robots, and Stormwater Filtration
Meijer recently announced it was going to be giving the Council of the Great Lakes Region $1 million to help clean up regional beaches and waterways.

10 MassRobotics Resident Startups to Watch
MassRobotics' headquarters and co-working space in Boston's Seaport District hosts numerous innovative startups. Here's a look at several from a recent site visit.

Terradepth Raises Series A Funding Toward Ocean Mapping as a Service
Terradepth will use the funding to further develop its Absolute Ocean cloud-based platform for sharing undersea data for energy, scientific, and utility use.

Teledyne FLIR Defense Works With MFE to Integrate Chemical Hazard Sensor on Drones, Spot Robot
Teledyne FLIR Defense has worked with MFE Inspection Systems to integrate the MUVE 360 multi-gas sensor into ground and air platforms for remote hazard inspections.

Sarcos and RE2 CEOs Talk Next Steps After Acquisition Announcement
Sarcos CEO Kiva Allgood and RE2 Robotics CEO Jorgen Pedersen discuss their complementary technologies and plans after Sarcos' $100 million purchase of RE2.

ULC Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System Completes Industry Demo, Makes U.K. Debut
ULC's Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System combines subsurface sensing, proprietary algorithms, and innovative digging techniques to reduce disruptions and damage.

Terra Drone Raises $70M in Series B Funding for UAS Traffic Management, Urban Air Mobility
Terra Drone is received investment from investors and a Japanese public-private infrastructure fund to develop drone hardware and software for multiple industries.

RE2 Robotics, VideoRay Reach Reach New Depth With Underwater Robot
RE2 Robotics, which has developed the Maritime Mine Neutralization System with VideoRay, has set a new 1 km depth record for inspection-class remotely operated vehicles underwater.

American Robotics Owner Ondas Acquires Ardenna to Offer Drone Analytics for Rail Inspection
Ondas Holdings, which owns industrial drone provider American Robotics, plans to integrate Ardenna's image-processing capabilities to make inspections easier and railways safer.

Gecko Robotics Raises $73M in Series C for Infrastructure Inspection
Gecko Robotics, which provides climbing robots for critical infrastructure inspection, has raised Series C funding bringing its total valuation to $533 million.

RE2 Robotics, PickNik Partner to Advance Mobile Manipulation With Motion Planning Software
RE2 Robotics plans to accelerate the development of its RE2 Sapien and RE2 Sapien Sea Class robot arms in response to high demand by using PickNik's MoveIt Studio software.

Exodigo Makes Nonintrusive Underground Mapping Commercially Available, Raises Seed Funding
Exodigo says its mapping platform combines sensors, 3D imaging, and AI to help the construction, mining, and utility industries avoid hazards, costs, and time-consuming work.

RE2 Robotics Partners With JLG Industries to Put Robot Arms on Aerial Lifts
RE2 Robotics, which specializes in mobile manipulation systems, and JLG Industries, which makes elevating work platforms, are integrating their technologies for solar field construction.

Sarcos Completes Beta Development of Guardian XT Teleoperated Robotic Avatar
Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corp., which develops industrial exoskeletons and teleoperation systems, said its dual-armed Guardian XT robot will be tested through midyear.

Terradepth Co-CEO Describes Buddy Drones, Data Cloud Supporting Virtual Ocean Concept
Terradepth, which recently named new executives, has developed drones to relay data to the cloud as part of its Virtual Ocean concept for undersea mapping.



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