The self-driving company received 100 million yuan in financing! Will help the evolution of collaborative robots!

Recently, the autonomous driving industry is thriving. The autonomous driving algorithm company Yinjia Technology has completed the B1 round of financing of nearly 100 million yuan. BYD’s intelligent driving research and development department is preparing for the integrationAIThe team, Didi Autopilot and GAC Aian will establish a joint venture company to promote the ecological construction of driverless travel at full speed, and all of this hascollaborative robotThanks!cooperationrobotHow did it evolve step by step and affect the development of autonomous driving algorithms?

In recent years, the development speed of collaborative Robots has always been among the best in the robot track. The annual shipments of head collaborative robot companies have exceeded the threshold of 10,000 units since last year, and it has gradually shown that it is faster than traditional robots.Industrial robotThe momentum is getting stronger, and the composite robot evolved from the collaborative robot has driven the development of the automatic driving algorithm. Let’s take a look at how to evolve from the traditional Industrial robot to the composite robot that can drive automatically!

The origin of collaborative robots is industrial robots, because they have certain human-machine collaborative interaction capabilities, and they become smaller and easier to move to other places, thus evolving into today’s collaborative robots. The emergence of collaborative robots allows industrial robots to co-exist with humans in the same workspace. It is more friendly to factories with small batch production or rapid conversion of production lines. At the same time, it does not require very professional programmers to set up and maintain, which greatly reduces operating costs.

The demand for traditional industrial robots eases, and collaborative robots take the opportunity

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the output of industrial robots in my country in the first quarter of 2023 will be 103,691 sets, a year-on-year decrease of 3%. Among them, the output of industrial robots in March was 43,883 sets, a year-on-year decrease of 5.7%; the output of industrial robots from January to February was 62,036 sets, a year-on-year decrease of 19.2% from 76,381 sets last year.

Traditional industrial robots have disadvantages such as large space occupation, poor flexibility, and low safety, which also lead to a slowdown in the growth rate of traditional industrial robots to a certain extent. For large factories, traditional industrial robots will reduce these shortcomings, but for a small batch production or a manufacturer with rich products on the production line that needs to quickly change the production line, collaborative robots are their better solution.

In recent years, companies have been carrying out non-stopdigital transformationthe vast majority of leading enterprisesDigitizingWith a relatively high degree of automation, the demand for industrial robots is gradually stabilizing, and some start-up technology companies or manufacturers do not have the economic capacity and production environment of leading companies. The demand for traditional robots is surpassed by collaborative robots and gradually forms a trend. .

At present, some leading collaborative robot companies that are ready to go public have emerged in China. Companies such as Jaka, Yuejiang, and Aobo have all started their own roads to listing. Not long ago, Jaka Robot’s IPO on the Science and Technology Innovation Board has been accepted. Since its establishment, Jieka Robotics has completed six rounds of financing, and has received a total of more than 1.4 billion in financing. It is the company with the largest number of financing rounds and the largest financing scale in the field of collaborative robots. In July last year, Jieka Robotics announced the completion of a D-round financing of approximately RMB 1 billion, jointly led by institutions such as Temasek and SoftBank Vision Fund II, with a valuation of RMB 3.5 billion.

Mobile collaborative robots emerge as the times require

Collaborative robots solve the shortcomings of traditional robots such as safety and flexibility. It seems to be a good solution in industrial production, but he is usually fixed in one area to work, which always feels limited, so some companies use collaborative robots Based on the addition of a movable base, the AGV+ collaborative composite robot was born.

The mobile collaborative composite robot has increased the usage scenarios of collaborative robots. For example, in the handling and racking of materials, manual loading was required in the past. Later, collaborative robots can be responsible for feeding materials from the material table to the machine tool, but manual delivery of materials is required. On the stage, the mobile collaborative composite robot can now complete a complete set of work of picking, transporting, and loading by itself without manual intervention at all, greatly reducing labor costs, and at the same time making up for some positions that no one is willing to work in factories with harsh environments .

Composite robots drive demand for autonomous driving algorithms

One of the key technologies of the mobile collaborative composite robot is the automatic driving technology. The automatic driving technology was first applied to new energy vehicles. Tesla is a well-known company in this industry. He adopted the FSD system without laser radar. At present, it is still a relatively advanced product in the field of autonomous driving, and domestic new energy car companies such as Xiaopeng are not to be outdone, and have launched assisted driving systems on highways.

Part of the indoor automatic driving of robots is due to the decentralization of technology on new energy vehicles. In recent years, the food delivery robots and building robots we often see are all realized based on automatic driving technology. In order to distinguish the most important part of the quality of a mobile robot product, this has also spawned more and more companies specializing in autonomous driving algorithms.

In the autonomous driving market segment, major new energy vehicle companies are also continuing to make efforts. BYD has also recently reported the news of a smart driving R&D coaching change. After the integration of departments, it is preparing for a new AI chip team. A positive signal of the pace of self-development of intelligent autonomous driving.

In addition to new energy car companies, some companies that focus on the autonomous driving market segment also have good news. Recently, Yinjia Technology announced that it has completed nearly 100 million yuan in financing. Yinjia Technology is a company that focuses on the research and development of intelligent driving hardware, software algorithms and high-end domain control systems. It provides customers with cost-effective, mass-produced advanced assisted driving products . This round of financing is jointly invested by Dongfang Fuhai, Shenzhen Venture Capital and Shenzhen High-tech Investment. It is reported that the funds raised in this round of financing are mainly used for the research and development iteration of the company’s high-end intelligent driving technology products, mass production of intelligent driving products, and overseas market development.

In the future, when the autonomous driving industry becomes more and more mature, the mobile collaborative composite robot can be better empowered, the lower use and maintenance costs, and the smarter driving mode can make the composite robot run more safely and reliably. In this way, The bottom of the collaborative robot may be equipped with a movable chassis, so that all collaborative robots can move.

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