Velodyne Lidar is collaborating with robotics engine platform provider MOV.AI to provide robot manufacturers with enterprise-grade automation solutions, including mapping, navigation, obstacle and risk avoidance.
The collaboration will combine MOV.AI’s platform with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, with the aim to address growing demand for automation in dynamic collaborative environments such as e-commerce, logistics, manufacturing and hospitals.
The robotic engine platform, powered by Velodyne’s Puck lidar sensors, is designed to enable autonomous mobile robots (AMR) manufacturers and integrators to address the challenges of safely moving in changing and unstructured environments, including material handling and warehouse logistics.
“MOV.AI’s mission is to simplify collaborative robot development and to provide AMR manufacturers and integrators with everything they need to develop and operate great robots,” said Motti Kushnir, MOV.AI’s CEO.
“Through the collaboration with Velodyne, we are able to offer our customers advanced SLAM navigation powered by the Puck, one of the world’s leading lidar sensors. Use of our robotics engine platform allows AMR manufacturers to quickly implement state-of-the-art navigation, while leaving them the ability to customise it to their needs.”
Leveraging the performance and reliability of the Puck sensor allows AMRs to traverse outside controlled situations and safely function in unfamiliar and unpredictable settings. It also allows for safe operation in areas where humans, manual machines and robots work side by side.
Furthermore, Puck’s compact form enables it to be embedded easily into robots. The sensor delivers high accuracy in complex indoor and outdoor environments.
Manufacturer of AMRs TUGBOT.ai has deployed the solution, CEO, Fernando Freitas, said: “Adding MOV.AI and Velodyne technologies to TUGBOT.ai provided our robot with an off-the-shelf, high-accuracy navigation and localisation solution for the high and dynamic environments where we are deploying our AMRs.
“Using lidar-based SLAM enables TUGBOT.ai to navigate safely among people and other vehicles with accurate and consistent performance.”