Seegrid Corporation, a provider of self-driving industrial vehicles for material handling, today announced that it acquired Box Robotics, a mobile robotics startup bringing high-definition maps, three-dimensional LiDAR, and deep learning to the warehouse and manufacturing automation space.
According to Seegrid, the acquisition will help accelerate next-generation perception and more human-like, situational awareness technology to Seegrid’s vision guided vehicles (VGVs), making manufacturing, distribution, and e-commerce fulfillment facilities even more productive as the demand for automation increases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
The Philadelphia-based Box Robotics, led by the former Love Park Robotics principals Tom Panzarella and John Spletzer, focuses on 3D perception autonomy with human-like situational awareness for industrial robots.
“Seegrid and Box Robotics are perfectly aligned in our mission to bring full 3D situational awareness and predictability to our next-generation robots,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid’s Chief Executive Officer. “Tom and John are visionary leaders and experienced computer vision and robotics developers who uniquely and deeply understand the issues facing material handling automation. This strategic acquisition gives both Seegrid and our customers a competitive advantage by continuing to provide increased productivity and uncompromised safety, as well as accelerates the advancement of technologies needed to support today’s incredible demand for automation.”