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SoftBank Backed Symbotic Completes SPAC Marger, Ready to Scale AI Driven Warehouse Robots
June 13, 2022
Symbotic, which has developed AI and automation for supply chains, has completed its multi-million-dollar deal with SVF Investment Corp. 3 and gone public.
SoftBank Robotics America Partners With Autonomous Solutions Inc. on Outdoor Robotics
June 7, 2022
SoftBank Robotics America, which produces the Whiz indoor cleaning robot, has partnered with Autonomous Solutions Inc. to scale systems for logistics and landscaping.
Automation Dawns on a New Day for Warehouses and Distribution Centers
May 3, 2022
Automation is rising to help fulfillment centers meet the challenges of labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and accelerated customer expectations, but be aware of integration challenges.
United Robotics Group Acquires SoftBank Robotics Europe and Service Robot Portfolio
April 12, 2022
United Robotics Group, a German robotics-as-a-service provider, is acquiring France-based service robot maker SoftBank Robotics Europe, whose name will revert to Aldebaran.
General Motors Purchases SoftBank Vision Fund’s Stake in Self Driving Company Cruise for $2.1B
March 21, 2022
SoftBank Vision Fund has sold its stake in Cruise to General Motors four years after initially investing in the self-driving vehicle developer.
Bear Robotics Announces $81M Series B for Hospitality Robots
March 17, 2022
Bear Robotics, which has developed mobile service robots for the restaurant industry in partnership with SoftBank, has raised $81 million to continue product development.
Humanoid Robots Could Reach Out and Take Patient’s Blood Pressure
February 14, 2022
Simon Fraser University researchers have provided a humanoid robot with leech-inspired origami sensors in its fingertips to take ECG and PPG readings and obtain a patient's blood pressure.
Cruise to Get $1.35B More From SoftBank to Commercialize Autonomous Vehicles
February 2, 2022
Cruise, which marked a milestone in autonomous vehicle operations after a delay, will receive the second tranche of investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund.
Symbotic to Take AI Powered Supply Chain Robots Public With SoftBank Partnership
December 13, 2021
Symbotic, which supplies AI-driven warehouse automation to customers such as Walmart, expects SPAC transaction with SoftBank to help it address $5 billion backlog in orders.
SB Logistics Moves Toward a ‘Lights-Out’ Warehouse in Japan
September 24, 2021
With help from SoftBank Robotics and Berkshire Grey, SB Logistics added automation throughout a new e-commerce order-fulfillment facility serving all of Tokyo.
Opentrons Raises $200M Series C Funding for Lab Automation, Led by SoftBank
September 23, 2021
Opentrons Labworks, whose subsidiaries apply AI and robotics to different parts of the life sciences and healthcare markets, will use its funding for more diagnostic tools.
SoftBank Robotics and Keenon Robotics Become Global Partners for Service Industry
September 21, 2021
SoftBank Robotics and Keenan Robotics said their partnership will enable them to serve growing global demand for efficiency in food service, starting in Singapore.
Keenon Robotics Raises $200M in Series D Funding for Service Robots
September 15, 2021
Keenon Robotics plans to use its latest financing, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, to develop applications for its mobile service robots and expand into new markets.
Agile Robots Raises Series C Funding, Claims to Be First Unicorn in Field
September 13, 2021
Agile Robots, which has headquarters in Munich and Beijing, has developed software and hardware and said it is the first intelligent robotics company worth $1 billion.
Five Robotics Failures and What Developers Can Learn From Them
July 20, 2021
Humanoid robots, fruit-picking robots, and the ongoing self-driving car race show that rather than blame luck or overestimate technology, designers can learn from past mistakes.