Shenzhen-based robotics R&D startup Pudu Technology immediately introduced an over $15 million spherical. The firm claims over 2,000 lodge, restaurant, and hospital prospects — together with Sheraton and JD.com — throughout 20 international locations. It will use the funds to develop new merchandise, develop gross sales, and discover markets abroad.
The pandemic has accelerated the demand for robotic options, as they’re inherently contactless. Because prospects and supply staff are uncovered to disinfected robots fairly than one another, robots promise to restrict the unfold of an infection whereas addressing gaps in on-demand supply capability.
Pudu sells a variety of low-speed, autonomous, self-charging robots designed to ferry items and work together with prospects in hospitality and repair settings. BellaBot, which the corporate describes as a “full-dimensional sensory” supply robotic, incorporates a linkage suspension system for added stability and a modular chassis with built-in impediment avoidance sensors. Holabot is designed to gather plates, with a excessive carrying capability (120 liters), water resistant design, and gesture recognition.
During the well being crises, Pudu says its robots have offered contact-free supply providers in a whole lot of hospitals worldwide, mainly in Seoul, Beijing, and Wuhan. The firm claims a single one in every of its robots can ship as much as 300 trays of meals a day, exceeding 400 at peak quantity.
All of Pudu’s robots sport Pudu X EAI, a custom-designed lidar sensor that samples gentle at 18,000 occasions per second. It’s a part of the corporate’s proprietary simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithm that pulls on a variety of sensors — together with cameras, lidars, inertial measurement items, depth sensors, and radar — to ship “centimeter-level” real-time positioning and map building.
On the software program aspect, Pudu gives Pudu Cloud, which handles issues like enterprise, operations, and upkeep administration and situation information assortment. For occasion, Pudu Scheduler permits prospects to let the robots straight talk with different robots on the identical community, eliminating the necessity for a server. An AI voice module helps a whole lot of dialog contexts. And cross-platform apps allow monitoring from smartwatches, tablets, pagers, and smartphones.
Beijing-based ecommerce firm Meituan-Dianping completely led this newest funding in Pudu. The collection B follows the completion of a 50 million yuan (~$7 million) spherical in June 2018, bringing Pudu’s whole raised to over $20 million.
Pudu’s different notable prospects embrace Sichuan-based scorching pot restaurant chain Haidilao and meals supply app operator Wowa Brothers, to which the corporate offered over 5,000 robots final yr. Pudu says it at present employs greater than 100 folks throughout its Shenzhen headquarters, its department in Chengdu, and its service facilities in over 60 cities in China.