First Autonomous Test Vehicle Developed Entirely By Toyota Research Institute Displayed At Prius Challenge Event At Sonoma Raceway

New platform expands sensor array and advances autonomous vehicle research Developed for flexible, plug-and-play testing of 'Chauffeur' and 'Guardian' research tracks

PowerVision Announces Global Launch Tour for "Best of CES 2017" Award Winner PowerRay Underwater Robot to Start in Munich Then Other Major Cities in Europe, USA, and Asia

PowerVision announced its "Best of CES 2017" award winner, PowerRay, will be featured during a Global Launch in cities worldwide

Cobalt Robotics Introduces a (Mostly) Autonomous Mobile Security Robot

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can “work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone.” The key realization here is that security guards spend the vast majority of their time doing almost nothing, and even in a worst case scenario (like someone trying to break in, or a fire or other serious problem), their primary responsibility is making the right phone call as quickly as possible as opposed to dealing with the situation directly.   Full article:

Xilinx Demonstrates Responsive and Reconfigurable Vision Guided Intelligent Systems at Embedded World 2017

Xilinx's tools, libraries and methodologies infuse machine learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, and connectivity into vision guided intelligent systems

VStar Systems Inc. Announces Successful Flight Test of MA-C Signal Intelligence Sensor Aboard Martin UAV's V-Bat

San Diego-based Aerospace and Defense Company sensor successfully flies 2 lbs. SIGINT on Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

Andrew Orlowski for The Register:  Britain's most successful engineer Sir James Dyson is taking on Google and Facebook with a $2.5bn investment to turn the former RAF base at Hullavington near Malmesbury into a research campus for robotics, AI, and other advanced technology, including batteries and vision systems. The size of the planned facility dwarfs the existing HQ.  The investment marks both a change of direction for Dyson, which will now begin to challenge US data giants in the race to find practical implementations of AI, and expresses a vote of confidence in a post-EU British economy. The founder recently hinted that it was examining how to incorporate pattern recognition and decision making into its 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner.   Cont'd...

Ghost Minitaur™ Highly Agile Direct-Drive Quadruped Demonstrates Why Legged Robots are Far Superior to Wheels and Tracks When Venturing Outdoors

Ghost Robotics™ gains market validation with orders from Carnegie Mellon, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Washington, U.S. Army Research Labs and Google

Automated Parking Solutions

Most of the innovations in automated parking design have come from the architects and developers as they are now more conscious of integrating the garage into the overall design.

Introducing Handle from Boston Dynamics

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​ Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

NDIA's Ground Robotics Capability Conference and Exhibition to Take Place March 22-23, 2017

Thought Leaders and Decision Makers from Government, Industry and Academia to Provide Insight on Future Needs and Capabilities

SkySpecs Collaborates with Siemens Wind Power for Use of Automated Drone Technology in Offshore Turbine Inspections

Smaller and more powerful computing platforms and sensors, better battery technology, and vastly improved algorithms for managing flight and safety have transformed drones from a niche hobby into a global reality over the last three to five years.

DJI Introduces M200 Series Drones Built For Enterprise Solutions

Rugged, Versatile Platform Is Designed For Aerial Inspection And Data Collection

Olaeris Awarded UAV Docking & Recharging Patent

Company continues securing industry-defining intellectual property

How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Katie Fehrenbacher for T he Guardian:   At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device – which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera – ascends hundreds of feet into the cold, clear, blue sky and begins to snap detailed photos of the ground far below, including a long row of large solar panels mounted on steel poles. This flight is just a test, demonstrated by Kingsley Chen, the drone fleet coordinator for SunPower at the solar company’s research and development center, which is under construction and about a two-hour drive northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. The drone will enable SunPower to survey a wide region and help design a solar power farm that can fit more solar panels on a piece of land, more quickly and for lower costs than it previously could.   Con'td...

Tech firms keep expanding 'Robotics Row,' Pittsburgh's mini Silicon Valley

Aaron Aupperlee for TribLive:  Advancements in robotics, autonomous manufacturing, self-driving cars and more are taking place in the former warehouses, factories and foundries of Pittsburgh's Strip District and Lawrenceville neighborhoods. Argo AI, an self-driving car startup partnering with Ford, became the latest to join Robotics Row, a string of technology companies setting up shop along the Allegheny River. The company announced Thursday it would base its headquarters in the Strip District. "We see the Strip District as a mini Silicon Valley," Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky told the Tribune-Review. "In my mind, that is the future of the tech hub in Pittsburgh." At least 20 companies and organizations working on robotics and autonomous technologies call the three-mile stretch of riverfront home.  Cont'd...

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