Like many of its current partners, Third Wave Automation develops robots for the material handling industry. Recently, they announced the signing of a strategic customer agreement with Ouster - foreseeing the delivery of over 5000 Lidar sensors through 2025.
Third Wave Automation aims to equip its forklifts with 3D Lidar sensors which help in the process of navigating through a complex and constantly adapting warehouse environment. However, instead of developing fully autonomous vehicles like its competitors, Thrid Wave Automation introduced the concept of shared autonomy. Although the robots generally operate independently, they are able to ask for human support when they are stuck and encounter a challenge. A single forklift operator typically oversees about ten forklifts and can respond to requests from a remote control room. Instead of consulting the operator for the same problem all over again, Third Wave developed an AI algorithm for its forklifts that enables learning from previous requests.
We've developed a breakthrough in machine learning, computer vision, and robotic material handling. We call it shared autonomy.
To learn more about Third Wave Automation and its truly innovative approach to shared autonomy, consider reading additional material. Some links are provided below.
Third Wave Automation's official website: https://www.thirdwave.ai/
Article about the contract with Ouster: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220303005357/en/Ouster-and-Third-Wave-Automation-Sign-Multi-Year-Strategic-Agreement-to-Automate-Material-Handling-Vehicles-with-Digital-Lidar