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MOV.AI Partners with Ouster to Equip Autonomous Mobile Robots with High-Resolution Digital Lidar for Challenging Warehouse Environments

MOV.AI announced its partnership with Ouster, a leading provider of high-resolution digital lidar sensors, to provide autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with uninterrupted autonomy in today’s challenging intralogistics and industrial environments. MOV.AI has integrated Ouster digital lidar into its Robotics Engine Platform for industrial equipment manufacturers that are looking to automate.

The global warehousing and storage market is estimated to grow from approximately $450 billion in 2021 to $605 billion in 2027. Demand for material handling and warehouse logistics is driven by the dramatic growth of e-commerce, where US online sales, for example, were up by 32% in 2020.

With the demand for intralogistics services skyrocketing, warehouse environments are becoming increasingly dynamic and dense. AMRs need to be able to navigate and move around autonomously, in tall, narrow aisles, with frequently changing inventory and very few fixed physical features to guide them.

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Ouster’s digital lidar provides AMRs with high-resolution data to accurately perceive the environment and accomplish specific tasks. The OS0 sensor’s ultra-wide vertical field-of-view allows AMRs to map the entire warehouse environment, from floor to ceiling, in real-time. This data is then used in autonomy algorithms to help the AMR safely and efficiently navigate throughout the warehouse.

Combining Ouster’s high-resolution data with the MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform, advanced SLAM navigation, obstacle avoidance, and risk avoidance solutions, AMRs can operate efficiently and continuously in challenging warehouse environments, including:

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  • Dynamic environments
  • Environments with little static information (features)
  • Environments with repeated structures

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The MOV.AI ROS-based Robotics Engine Platform provides AMR manufacturers and automation integrators with navigation, localization, calibration, and the enterprise-grade tools they need for advanced automation. It includes a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE), off-the-shelf algorithms and integrations, fleet management, flexible interfaces with warehouse environments such as ERP and WMS, and cyber-security compliance.

“MOV.AI’s mission is to speed up robot development and to provide AMR manufacturers and integrators with everything they need to develop and operate great robots,” said Motti Kushnir, MOV.AI’s CEO. “Through our partnership with Ouster, we are able to offer our customers autonomy solutions that work seamlessly in environments with a limited field-of-view and physical features.”

“Digital lidar is great for warehouse automation due to its high-resolution, wide field-of-view and reliability. It can provide incredibly precise 3D spatial information that just isn’t possible with legacy laser scanning systems, cameras, or radar alone. Reliable data is what enables the robots to move safely and efficiently in dynamic environments,” said Aaron English, Ouster’s Head of Product Marketing for Industrial & Robotics. “The industry is at a tipping point for automation, which is why we’re excited to be partnered with MOV.AI as they scale adoption of their Robotics Engine Platform.”

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