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.

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