Clearpath Robotics this week announced its first self-driving warehouse robot: Otto.
The announcement was made at RoboBusiness 2015 in California.
Modern factories and warehouses need to be reconfigurable, responsive, and efficient to survive. Designed to address these conditions, Otto uses the same underlying self-driving technology popularized by the Google self-driving car.
Otto does not rely on external infrastructure for navigation, making implementation hassle-free and highly scalable, according to the Kitchener-based startup. It can transport 3,300-pound loads at speeds up to 4.5 miles per hour while tracking along optimal paths and safely avoiding collisions.
“Traditional automation is saturating. But what about the more complex tasks too difficult or expensive to automate?” asks Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath Robotics.
GE has collaborated with Clearpath on service robot development since 2013 and recently became one of Clearpath’s first Otto customers. GE Ventures has become a strategic investor in the company for an undisclosed sum.
“We believe robotics will drastically improve the industries that GE serves,” said Ralph Taylor-Smith, Managing Director of GE Ventures.