Press Release – April 11, 2016
WHILL and 5D RoboticsTM Collaborate to Accelerate Autonomous Personal Mobility Development
This is a new record high for deals in the robotics space, and already nearly 15 companies –including Restoration Robotics, Savioke and 5D RoboticsTM – have raised $89m in funding across 15 deals, according to CB Insights. Analysing companies focused on automation, agricultural automation, surgical applications and personal/social robots, businesses in this space have raised more than $1.4bn in cumulative funding since 2011.
Younger recruits are attracted to robotics and innovation, the driving forces behind new transportation and mobility solutions. 5D RoboticsTM turns existing mobile equipment into intelligent, autonomous vehicles. It picks up where GPS leaves off and works indoors or outdoors, and in fog, rain, or snow.
“By using Short Pulse Radio Signal (PulseON® UWB) technology, we can transform any machine that moves into a robot with 2-centimeter positioning accuracy,” says Phil Mann, CMO of 5D RoboticsTM. “We have turned ordinary scissor forklifts into autonomous robots that follow a planned course or can follow a human operator like a well-trained guide dog.”
The association says it has grown a blurb procedure that can be simply commissioned and reconfigured to move robotics innovations to forklifts, scissor-lifts, and other industrial apparatus to automate operations and boost reserve and efficiency.
5D’s technology works in tough environments, says the company. It can provide positioning and navigation down to the centimeter level, allowing vehicles to park side by side in the snow, fog or rain. It works both indoors and outdoors.
In a demonstration last year at a United Rentals lot in San Diego, 5D RoboticsTM used its technology to load large scissor lifts onto trucks autonomously — no drivers required. It has been working to reduce the size and cost of its technology.
5D RoboticsTM, not to be confused with Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics, was founded in 2009 by CEO David Bruemmer and colleagues from the Idaho National Laboratory. Until now, the company has funded its operations through government contracts, although Bruemmer said founders, friends, family, have provided some funding, along with angel investors.