Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robotics Startups Seek to Build a Better Self-Driving Lawn Mower

Autonomous lawnmower The ES Dexter Mega unit. (Electric Sheep Robotics via YouTube)

Hundreds of well-funded robotics startups are working on self-driving cars, self-piloting drones and shelf-diving warehouse robots. One lesser-known area that’s beginning to draw the attention of investors: autonomous lawn mowers.

Sarah McBride | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can’t Handle Holiday Crunch

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can’t Handle Holiday Crunch Packages move down conveyor belts while being sorted at the DHL Worldwide Express hub of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

DHL’s supply chain unit doubled its use of robots in the U.S. this year and now has about 1,500 picking robots at its warehouses around the country, on top of adding 15,000 seasonal workers, Oscar de Bok, chief executive of the unit, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV Dec. 10.

Michael Sasso | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Robotics Firm AutoStore Plans IPO at $10 Billion Value

Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

AutoStore is weighing an initial public offering that could value the Norwegian warehouse robotics company at more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

June 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford Partners With University of Michigan on Robotics

Ford robot Robots walk across the floor of the University of Michigan's Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

A grand opening was held March 16 for the four-story, $75 million, 134,000-square-foot Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building at the University of Michigan.

Corey Williams | Associated Press
March 16, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics to Receive CES Award

Kodiak Robotics Kodiak Robotics

Self-driving technology startup Kodiak Robotics announced it was selected as a CES 2021 Innovation Awards honoree, with the presentation to come during the first all-digital CES, which runs Jan. 11-14.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Delivery Robot Operators Adjust to Home Environment

Postmates robot operators are performing their duties from home. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Daniels is one of the millions of Americans working from home because of the coronavirus, and he watches delivery robots as they roll along sidewalks 350 miles away.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

As Robots Introduced to Warehousing, Workers Have to Adapt

Warehouse Robots Amazon robots move along the warehouse floor with packages before finding the proper delivery chute, transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Guess who’s getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
December 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

XPO Robots Assist UK Workers With Holiday Volumes

An XPO warehouse An XPO Logistics warehouse. The company says it invests about $550 million annually in innovation. (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics has increased its use of robots in the United Kingdom in anticipation of holiday retail volumes, the Connecticut-based company said in a Nov. 19 news release.

November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Boeing Scuttles Use of Robots for Fuselage Work on 777, 777X Jetliners

Boeing Boeing employees perform quality checks. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News)

Score one for the humans. After four years of trial and error, Boeing Co. is dumping one of its most ambitious forays into automation: the robots that build two main fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners and an upgraded version known as 777X.

November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Are Hurting Pay, Fed Study Finds

Robots Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Automation has “contributed substantially” to reducing the portion of national income that goes to U.S. workers over the past two decades, according to a new study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Simon Kennedy | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2019