Ford invests $1B in robotics startup in driverless car quest

Ford Motor Company announces it is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker's autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 - and for potential license to other companies.  Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI is bringing together some of the most experienced roboticists and engineers working in autonomy from inside and outside of Ford. The team of experts in robotics and artificial intelligence is led by Argo AI founders Bryan Salesky, company CEO, and Peter Rander, company COO. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center and former leaders on the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, respectively.  "The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields.   Full Press Release:

Ford Invests in Argo AI, a New Artificial Intelligence Company, in Drive for Autonomous Vehicle Leadership

-Ford is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, combining Ford's autonomous vehicle development expertise with Argo AI's robotics experience and startup speed on artificial intelligence software - all to further advance autonomous vehicles -Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI will include roboticists and engineers from inside and outside of Ford working to develop a new software platform for Ford's fully autonomous vehicle coming in 2021; through their equity participation, Argo AI employees will share in the startup's growth -Investment in Argo AI strengthens Ford's leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and creates technology that could be licensed to others in the future

ONLINE VISITOR REGISTRATION NOW LIVE FOR ROBOBUSINESS EUROPE AND TUS EXPO

Those interested in visiting can gain free entrance to the exhibition when they register before April 15th 2017. After this date, entrance to the exhibition will cost €75.

3rd Annual XTC 2017 Concludes on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island - Congrats to Winner VANTAGE ROBOTICS!

XTC Finals - Necker Island, British Virgin Islands - The race to Necker Island culminates with an unprecedented, photo-finish judging: Separated by less than half a percent in point total, Vantage Robotics is named of winner of Extreme Tech Challenge 2017!

Aeryon and DroneDeploy Partner to Deliver End-to-End Enterprise UAS Solutions

Best-of-breed UAS hardware and software provide single source, integrated solutions for industrial-grade commercial applications.

Trump's freeze on new regulation means that we won't get drone delivery anytime soon

April Glaser for RECODE:  When President Trump signed an executive order last week requiring two federal regulations to be rescinded for every new one passed, he simultaneously put the brakes on the future of drone delivery in the United States. While many industries see the prospect of less regulation as positive, the nascent drone industry actually needs regulations in order to grow. The reason drones need regulations is that in 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board classified drones as aircraft, which means drones need to abide by FAA regulations in order to fly. The problem is that many drone regulations don’t yet exist, and the FAA will have a hard time killing existing rules to make room for new ones. “If regulations for unmanned aircraft are held up or are stripped away, there’s actually no way for drones to access the airspace,” said Gregory McNeal, co-founder of Airmap, a drone mapping company.   Cont'd...

Agility Robotics evolves from OSU research

The firm, Agility Robotics, is based in Albany, Oregon, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; already has several of its first customers; will license some technologies first developed at OSU, and plans to build on this scientific foundation in their product research and development.

INTERPOL World 2017 builds up momentum with strong support from public and private sectors

INTERPOL World provides a strategic platform for mutually beneficial collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. It encapsulates the vision of a safer world through a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces.

New IDTechEx report reveals much larger drone opportunity

Just when many investors are running for the exit, having burnt their fingers with toy drones and the like, IDTechEx reveals a much bigger picture with considerable potential for the level-headed.

Quantum Spatial to Present at International LiDAR Mapping Forum

Geospatial analysis leader to showcase use of advanced topo-bathy LiDAR and UAVs for coast and wetland mapping.

WPI Robotics Team Has a Mission with Mars

-WPI team is a finalist in the NASA-sponsored Space Robotics Challenge; -Team to program a virtual robot to perform critical tasks to repair a Martian habitat

RE2 Robotics Wins Navy Contract to Develop Underwater Manipulator Arms

RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, announced today that the Company has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to develop an inflatable Underwater Dual Manipulator system for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR).

First Paralyzed Man to Walk Across the Finish Line of Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon

Adam was told he would never walk again - at the age of 19 - after a car accident. Paralyzed from waist down, but thanks to the incredible technologic of a robotic Exoskeleton, he completed five miles of the 2017 Surf City event, in over 12,000 steps.

Valmie's Vertitek Ups Its Game, Opens Enhanced UAV Production Component

Vertitek's Engineering and Services Department is located at its new center of operations in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and features the most modern technologies, including several 3D printers and a custom-fabricated, large-scale CNC machine, with many other pieces of machinery enroute.

Inside Amazon's robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

Josh Kosman for NY Post:  If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden. That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below. The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its recently unveiled “Amazon Go” convenience store, with a bigger layout that could span anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet — would be devoted to goods that shoppers typically like to touch, sources briefed on the plans told The Post.   Cont'd...

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