(Yicai Global) Nov. 21 -- Syrius Robotics, Nvidia and JD Logistics jointly unveiled a human-computer robot today that can independently handle warehouse cargo.
Priced at CNY98,000 (USD14,124) each, just 100 of the Syrius Autonomous Mobile Robot will be on sale next May, Tencent's news website QQ reported.
Relying on sensors and actuators, the machine can move safely on its own with good human-computer interaction. A large-capacity battery allows it to run for 10 hours, and the automatic charging pile and replaceable battery design also guarantee continuous operation, the report said.
Syrius' team has also developed software and algorithms for the robot based on Nvidia's intelligent machine platform Jetson TX2, including a multi-sensor fusion algorithm and perception and semantic understanding technology based on neural networks that enables the robot to fathom the real world. The Shenzhen-based startup also designed the framework for rapid delivery of sensor data and commands and a real-time operating system for safe operation.
The Syrius AMR, a cluster management software and cloud service are all optimized for the sorting process in electronic commercial warehouses. The startup is working with JD Logistics to build the module warehouse.
The courier unit of e-commerce giant JD.Com is also exploring the possibility of capital cooperation with Syrius, according to Zhang Zhou, investment director of JD Logistics, who attended the robot's launch ceremony in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
Syrius recently raised tens of millions of yuan in a pre-A fundraising, with FutureCap becoming the largest investor, according to information available from Qixinbao. FutureCap was also the largest angel investor in June, when the firm secured CNY8 million (USD1.15 million) in funds.