Beyond conventional process automation lies an area of dramatic innovation. Semi- and fully autonomous systems promise to change the way things are made, and how goods and people are transported. This area is rapidly emerging and innovation in hardware, software, and system integration is critical to ensure reliable and efficient automation that meets the needs of end-users. From sensors and controls to data analytics, the area is ripe with uncertainty – and opportunity. There are numerous ways for corporations to participate in the value chain, or simply benefit from using the next generation of autonomous systems in their businesses, and the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service is dedicated to bringing these opportunities to the forefront.
The Autonomous Systems service will address questions such as:
  • What sensor technologies on the horizon improve the viability of autonomous systems?
  • How much can software and machine learning compensate for less sophisticated sensors?
  • How will policy and safety dictate the adoption of autonomous vehicles and drones?
  • How will mobile robotics enable new efficiencies in logistics?
  • Who are the leading robotics start-ups and research groups globally?

Recently Profiled Companies

  • Nirenberg Neuroscience

    Develops computer vision software

    Jan 19, 2017

  • Algorithmia

    Algorithm marketplace

    Jan 17, 2017

  • Innovative Binaries

    An artificial intelligence platform to help airline operators reduce operating costs and accelerate component failure detection

    Jan 17, 2017

  • Intelie

    Saas platform to conduct live analytics on data from multiple sources

    Jan 17, 2017

  • FreeWave Technologies

    M2M communications hardware for industrial IoT applications

    Jan 12, 2017

  • Botlink

    Sells device that connects drones to a cell network and provides a cloud-based drone data processing and distribution platform

    Jan 11, 2017

  • Kinova Robotics

    Personal robotics for health care

    Jan 11, 2017

  • Braiq Inc.

    Personalization of self-driving-car software

    Dec 15, 2016

  • TuSimple

    Computer vision software and algorithms for autonomous vehicles

    Dec 15, 2016

  • PrecisionHawk

    UAVs for low-altitude aerial data collection

    Dec 15, 2016

  • XYZ Interactive

    Licenses IR-based gesture and navigation sensors

    Dec 7, 2016

  • Modbot

    Modular robotics components

    Nov 30, 2016

Sample Autonomous Systems 2.0 Topics

Robotic/system components:

  • Grippers, end effectors
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Controls
  • Software (e.g. perception, machine learning)
Autonomous (or semi-autonomous) systems:
  • Industrial robots
  • Humanoid robots
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • UAVs/drones
  • Service robots
  • Surgical robots
Automation infrastructure:
  • V2X
  • Industrial internet (M2M)
  • Data analytics
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Exploration and Production
  • Hazardous environment operations
  • Heavy transport
  • Inspection
  • Logistics/Materials handling
  • Mapping
  • Mobile health
  • Medical procedures
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Security and surveillance

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