Attending Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal? Want to learn more about MOV.AI, one of the startups everyone will be talking about in 2019? Dozens of the world’s leading startup investors think so. Join more than 1,000 VCs on Wednesday September 7 at 10.00am to hear how MOV.AI is changing the autonomous mobile robots market with its unique technology to make them affordable and safe.

Web Summit 2018 will showcase breakout startups that were hand-selected by a long list of the world’s most successful investors. MOV.AI is part of this prestigious lineup, since it is was as one of the world’s most exciting growth stage startups.

Make sure to come and listen to the pitch of Limor Schweizer, founder and CEO of MOV.AI scheduled at 10am – you will not be disappointed!

For more information about Web Summit 2018, please visit www.websummit.com

To learn more about MOV.AI, visit www.mov.ai

To set up a personal meeting with Limor Schweitzer, send an email to: opportunities@mov.ai

Recently, two major industry events took place: ROSCon and IROS.

ROSCon enabled ROS developers of all levels, from beginner to expert, to spend two action-packed days in Madrid, learning from and networking with the ROS community.

IROS (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) also took place in Madrid. Under the motto “Towards a Robotic Society”, the most recent and major advances in the field were showcased, accompanied by a robotic exhibition highlighting the history of IROS.

Stakeholders were able to meet with dozens of companies that rely on and invest in the future of ROS. ROS is supported by some of the largest players in the field. If we look at the Technical Steering Committee (TMC), members include executives from Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, LG Electronics, and Bosch.

Currently, there are at least 3 autonomous car companies using ROS and probably over 100 AGV companies. ROS is also used for all new collaborative robot arms. It is important to realize that it is a “give and take” model; most of these companies contribute back to the ROS open source.

As it looks now, AGV companies will not only keep on leveraging ROS, but will also be looking for ways to expedite development to have features that will be far more complex and sophisticated in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Development time involving highly qualified engineers is often a bottleneck. That’s why having MOV.AI’s O/S running on top of basic ROS gives an AGV company a competitive edge. It takes the pain out of developing in-house software and can save such a company up to 12 months of development.

Want to find out more? Contact MOV.AI at opportunities@mov.ai

Karol Kunat of the Polish tech mag Tabletowo, made an important point in his article. ed out that Android is so powerful sine it is the most popular  and (almost) open operating system for smartphones. He went on the state that robots need something similar. However, a lot of systems are currently proprietary, and therefore expensive since buying licenses is needed.

MOV.AI is changing this by creating an ecosystem that fosters the development of robotics. The idea behind this is the unification of the market, similar to what has happened in the smartphones sector where are currently only two operating systems: Android and iOS. The same would stimulate the large-scale production of increasingly intelligent robots, based on the same principles. This in turn would have a positive impact on the development of robotics as such.

Mr. Kunat is not alone in his opinion. As an Asian journalist pointed out, the idea of separating hardware from software is not new. As early as 2013, Baidu launched its R&D program for “Driver Cars”, and in April 2017, Baidu proposed  open source of its unmanned platform to create “Android” in the field of unmanned vehicles.

Since artificial intelligence and robots are the next wave of Internet development, the separation of hardware and software is evident. This will create a lot of opportunities, and the robotic operating system will be a given for every major company.

According to a recent study of Sapiens Institute, a French think tank, robots will take over the jobs of around 2.1 French workers, mainly in the field of material handling, cashiers, machine operators, food workers and other jobs that require low skills. Although this number mind sound alarming, the researchers point out that although automation will certainly replace employees in a certain number of sectors, this will be compensated by the creation of new jobs.

A study from 2016 identified 31 jobs that are considered to be emerging. These included web marketers, e-reputation consultants, geomatics engineers, cloud engineers and virtualization experts. It should be noted that very few jobs are actually created “ex-nihilo”, but rather result from a transformation of existing jobs.

If we look at all countries, it is expected that up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation according to the McKinsey Global Institute. McKinsey conducted a study in 46 countries looking at 800 occupations. It came to the conclusion that worldwide, one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. In richer nations such as Germany and the US, one-third of the workforce may need to retrain for other jobs.

If we look at the U.S., we see that substituting technology for workers had a positive effect; domestic manufacturing productivity roughly doubled between 1995 and 2015. It illustrates that investment in technology pays off. In South East Asia, the International Labor Organization found that more than two-thirds of Southeast Asia’s 9.2 million textile and footwear jobs will be automated.

Similar to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, the current revolution (dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum) will also spur economic growth and change society. It will change society freeing people from menial labor, enabling them to reach their full human potential.

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“We all know what Android for smartphones is. A free, (almost) open source operating system for smartphones. But right now there is no equivalent of the “Android for robots.” Instead there are many, many proprietary systems. A new startup plans to address this problem in order for the robotics market to really take off, and for it to have a good slice of the pie.

MOV.AI plans to create an ecosystem where developers, integrators and manufacturers collaborate to develop the first industry-grade O/S for autonomous intelligent collaborative robots. This could potentially produce smarter robots on a large-scale for operation and production lines.

It’s now raised $3M in seed funding in a round led by Israel-based Viola Ventures and SF-based NFX.

MOV.AI describes itself as an ‘ROS compatible operating system’. That means it enables industry-grade deployment of fleets of autonomous robots. The idea is that this will decouple the hardware from the software (a problem in robot-land), and simpler R&D, thus making robot automation affordable for any player, large or small.

This ROS will aim to cover easier mapping, robust and autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, cloud-based software-distribution, compliance with safety and cybersecurity’s best practices and modern end-user interface.

The main target audiences of MOV.AI are manufacturers of material handling equipment, automation integrators, and other collaborative robot manufacturers.

Limor Schweitzer (pictured), founder and CEO of MOV.AI says: “At MOV.AI, we have made it our mission to contribute to a world where intelligent robots perform most of the common physical tasks, which will free humankind to be more creative and productive, and enable faster market scalability. In other words we will be able to transform human operated mobile machines into autonomous robots that work safely together with people and other robots in any environment at all scalable levels”.

Ronen Nir, general partner at Viola Ventures says: “We believe that the impact and potential value of MOV.AI’s ecosystem will gain traction as more large customers, distributors and developers come on board.”

MOV.AI says it is currently piloting projects with large automation integrators and industrial operators.”

The article was written by Mike Butcher @mikebutcher

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