Ouster just announced - again - a new partnership, this time with Serve Robotics. Only a week ago Ouster agreed to deliver 3.000 LiDAR sensors to Vecna Robotics, a company that manufactures autonomous warehouse vehicles. Serve Robotics on the other hand is in a similar business, developing autonomous sidewalk vehicles for delivery of small items like food. Ouster signed a contract, binding them to deliver OS1 sensors until 2023, however, it is estimated that they will deliver further units through 2025. The aim of the LiDAR built into the Serve Robotics' delivery vehicles is to enhance safety by generating a real-time 3D model of the surrounding environment to avoid obstacles and pedestrians.
Even Uber recognized the potential of sidewalk robots and contributed $13 million at an expanded seed round. Their business Uber Eats will make use of their autonomous vehicles. For Serve Robotics, a major milestone has been the development of level 4 self-driving robots, meaning that no human interaction is required during operation. Even in case of system failure, a level 4 self-driving robot will automatically detect the problem and stop itself to limit danger. In fact, Serve Robotics is now the first company that launched a commercial robot of this level. Ouster's LiDAR sensors enable them to develop their products with maximum safety and efficiency. Like with Vesna Robotics, the sensors are of great value in the autonomous vehicle industry.
We are thrilled to further solidify our relationship with a multi-year strategic customer agreement as Serve scales the production and deployment of its sidewalk delivery robots. - Nate Dickerman, President of Field Operations (Ouster)
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