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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Mercedes Joins Forces with Apptronik for Robotic Pilots

Updated: Mar 24

Image Credits: Apptronik

Mercedes-Benz is steering its way into the future with a new partnership with Apptronik, an Austin-based robotics startup.


This collaboration aims to explore the application of advanced robotics in Mercedes-Benz's manufacturing process.


This partnership comes hot on the heels of similar moves in the industry. Last year, Amazon started testing Agility's Digit robots in select fulfilment centres, and earlier this year, Figure announced a deal with BMW. Now, it's Mercedes-Benz's turn to shift gears and explore the potential of humanoid robotics in its operations.


 

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While the specifics of the deal remain under wraps, it's clear that this is a significant milestone for both companies. For Apptronik, it's a chance to showcase their technology to a leading name in the automotive industry. For Mercedes-Benz, it's an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and future-focused strategies.


The real test will be the outcomes of this pilot project. A successful run could lead to a large order from the carmaker, a massive win for Apptronik and a significant leap forward for the industry.


The spotlight on humanoid robotics has been growing brighter, with investor interest surging. Figure's recent staggering $675 million raise is a testament to this. The coming years will be crucial for these firms as they strive to prove their worth and deliver a meaningful return on investment.


Mercedes-Benz plans to use these robots for automating some low skill, physically challenging, manual labour. This move could set a precedent for other organisations to follow in the future.


Apptronik, a spinout from the University of Austin, is renowned for its work on NASA's Valkyrie humanoid robot. With this new partnership, the company is set to make even more significant strides in the world of robotics. So, let's keep our eyes on the road ahead, it's sure to be an exciting journey!


 

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