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TRI Announces Machine Learning Advances at International Conference on Computer Vision
The Toyota Research Institute, or TRI, is presenting six papers that it said advance the state of the art in machine learning and computer vision for robots and other applications.

Burro Raises $10.9M Series A to Commercialize Collaborative Agricultural Robot
Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, has raised Series A funding to expand its agricultural fleet for grapes, nurseries, and berries to more than 500 robots next year.

10 Humanoid Robots to Keep an Eye on Besides Boston Dynamics’ Atlas
While humanoid robots are popular on the Web, most are still far from commercial use. Here are some noteworthy ones in addition to Boston Dynamics' Atlas that are in development.

Third Wave Automation Closes $40M Series B for ‘Shared Autonomy’ in Forklifts
Third Wave Automation, which has partnered with Toyota, plans to accelerate commercialization of human-in-the-loop pick-and-place operations with autonomous forklifts.

7+ Robots to Watch for During the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games
Toyota and Panasonic have developed robots to provide assistance during the delayed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. They will also showcase Japan's robot prowess.

Toyota’s Woven Planet Unit Acquires CARMERA for Autonomous Vehicle Mapping
After acquiring the Level 5 data division from Lyft, the Toyota unit adds CARMERA's high-definition mapping expertise to its team developing autonomous vehicles.

Toyota North America to Install Swisslog CarryPick Goods-to-Person Automation
Swisslog's CarryPick storage and order-picking system will help Toyota increase fulfillment efficiency in an existing facility for automotive spare parts without building changes.

May Mobility Launches Free Autonomous Shuttle Service in Indianapolis
The shuttle service is part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative to encourage development of mobility technologies and access from the Toyota Mobility Foundation and the Energy Systems Network.

Toyota Research Institute Demonstrates New Robot Capabilities for Household Tasks
Robots often have difficulty recognizing transparent and reflective surfaces, but Toyota Research Institute says it has developed a way for household robots to generalize for complex situations.

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.

Toyota Research Institute Shares Punyo Bubble Gripper Design to Advance Soft Robotics
The source files for the Punyo Soft Bubble Gripper, which Toyota developed for household manipulation, are freely available to researchers working on soft robotics technology.

Third Wave Automation Announces Partnership With Toyota Industries for Material Handling Vehicles
The application of machine learning for "shared autonomy" between robotic materials handling vehicles and human operators is key to next-generation productivity, says Third Wave.

E-Commerce Order Fulfillment Drives Growth in Robotic Lift Trucks
Although robotic lift trucks are still a small slice of the market, the industry seeks to speed up processes while lessening the struggle of finding enough operators.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of April 2021
Even not including the largest deals in AI and autonomous vehicles from April 2021, the month still featured multimillion-dollar transactions in exoskeletons, delivery robots, and surgical systems.

Toyota Unit Woven Planet to Acquire Lyft’s Level 5 Autonomous Driving Division for $550M
Woven Planet Group, a new mobility unit of Toyota, is buying Lyft's Level 5 division as investments and consolidation continue in the self-driving space.



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