Endeavor Robotics wins $9.2 million U.S. Marine Corps order

Unmanned ground vehicles company Endeavor Robotics has received a $9.2 million order to deliver Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) to the U.S. Marine Corps. Sourced through Federal Resources, this award follows...

The latest XPrize is for building remote-controlled humanoid robots — Fast Company

The XPrize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build robot avatars, writes Ben Schiller of Fast Company.  Here is the link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40540168/the-latest-x-prize-is-for-building-remote-controlled-humanoid-robots

Diligent Robotics raises $2.1M seed round

Austin-based robotics company Diligent Robotics has raised $2.1 million seed investment. The funding was led by True Ventures.

Fast-food CEO says ‘it just makes sense’ to consider replacing cashiers with machines as...

Jack in the Box says it is considering swapping some cashiers with robots as the minimum wage rises in California, Kate Taylor of Business Insider writes. Here is the link: http://www.businessinsider.com/jack-in-the-box-ceo-reconsiders-automation-kiosks-2018-1

Endeavor Robotics provides ‘throwable’ robots to German armed forces

Endeavor Robotics has delivered 44 FirstLook robots to the German government. FirstLooks are often used to clear buildings and detect IEDs.

Japan is embracing nursing-care robots — The Economist

Around 5,000 nursing-care homes across Japan are testing robots, writes according to a feature in Economist. Read here - https://www.economist.com/news/business/21731677-around-5000-nursing-care-homes-across-country-are-testing-robots-japan-embracing

Toyota unveils third generation humanoid robot

Toyota has unveiled T-HR3, the company's third generation humanoid robot.

Saudi Arabia first country to grant a robot citizenship

Sophia a humanoid robot built by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia on Wednesday; the first country in the world to do so reportedly. "I am very honored...

Delphi to acquire nuTonomy for $450 million

Delphi Automotive has signed an agreement to acquire nuTonomy for an upfront purchase price of $400 million and earn-outs totaling approximately $50 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and...

Skyward becomes FAA-approved LAANC airspace vendor for drones

Skyward, a Verizon company, has been approved to give commercial drone operators access to controlled airspace with the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services from the Federal Aviation Administration...

Endeavor Robotics awarded $100M Department of Defense contract

Endeavor Robotics, a U.S.-based company building tactical ground robotics, was awarded the United States Department of Defense's Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) contract. Endeavor was one of...

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots — The...

Tesla's Elon Musk, and Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of Applied AI at Google-owned DeepMind Technologies, are among others requesting the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons. The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs writes. 

Xerox, PARC to partner with Innovation Lab

Xerox and PARC, will partner with the Innovation Lab, an Innovation Institute company, to work on health care challenges through collaboration in medical technology, engineering and robotics. The Innovation Lab also works...

Ripcord raises $40 million Series B round

Hayward, California-based robotic digitization company Ripcord has raised $25 million in equity and $15 million in debt totaling $40 million in Series B funding, led by Icon Ventures with participation from...

HSBC, IBM collaborating on cognitive intelligence solution

Trade finance bank HSBC is working with IBM to develop a cognitive intelligence solution, combining optical character recognition with advanced robotics. The new solution uses IBM’s advanced analytics technology, including intelligent segmentation...