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Movel AI Announces New Strategic Partnership with Kudan

Movel AI Announces New Strategic Partnership with Kudan

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Macy
·Jul 19, 2022·

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SINGAPORE/JAPAN, 18 July 2022 – Movel AI, a Singapore-based robotics software, deep tech startup, constantly strives to improve the user experience for its new and existing customers with regular updates made to its products. To further enhance the user satisfaction, Movel AI has recently partnered with Kudan Inc, a Japan-headquartered company, with offices in Europe, United Kingdom and United States which focuses on artificial perception computer software. Both companies share a vision for the future of navigation solutions. While Kudan focuses on providing artificial perception solutions, such as localisation and mapping software, Movel AI provides robotic navigation solutions to help innovate business by reducing deployment time and cost.

Great Synergy Between Two Innovative Companies

Kudan offers commercial-grade localization and mapping software based on a technology called SLAM (Simultaneous localization and mapping). This technology enables machines and devices to understand where they are, how they are moving and the structure of their environment. Spatial understanding of their surroundings is a critical ability for machines and ultimately autonomous decisions will depend on the quality of this information. The company acquired Artisense which is a spin-off from the Technical University of Munich in October 2021, to accelerate SLAM development. Artisense is best known for its novel approach of ‘direct visual’ SLAM, which performs better in typically challenging environments such as parking garages or similar looking hallways.

This synergy will provide an opportunity for clients from both sides to get an even better experience. Movel AI, for instance, can further maximise its SLAM navigation technology, by improving its accuracy by up to 2 cm, thus enabling robots to more precisely position itself and navigate in the environment. This accuracy provides an added benefit for robots powered by Movel AI, by enabling a more accurate map and smoother operation.

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KdVisual (camera-based SLAM software) operating in warehouse environment (Photo by Kudan)

With Kudan’s Visual SLAM, robots can possess robust and accurate positioning in indoor and semi-outdoor areas, while its 3D Lidar SLAM is applicable in both indoor and outdoor areas.

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Seirios - Lane Navigation Feature

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Seirios - Manage Map feature operating in a warehouse environment

Both Kudan's Visual SLAM and 3D Lidar SLAM will later be built into Movel AI’s Seirios and will be easily accessible by Movel AI’s end users across the globe. Seirios' seamless deployment and sleek UI will allow everyone, even non-tech users, to enjoy the performance capabilities of Kudan's KdVisual and KdLidar software. Through Seirios FMS, Movel’s robotic navigation solution for fleet management, the benefits of Kudan’s localization and mapping can be scaled efficiently across robotic fleets.

Additionally, Kudan is able to offer their clients across the globe a combined localization, navigation and fleet management solution through its partnership and joint product with Movel AI. This will prove to be a value add for its clients looking to shorten their time-to-market or to increase their number of deployed robots.

The pricing of this joint solution will be determined on a project-by-project basis, subjected to various factors such as volumes, feature customizations, technical support required and more.

Movel AI’s Strategic Move

This introduction reflects Movel AI’s determination, following the company’s announcement to provide robotic navigation solutions for the European market, having previously received first hand support from European robot leaders and actively participated in Go Austria Spring 2022. Through the company’s new initiative, Movel AI also hopes to outreach more regions to answer global needs for navigation solutions.

Currently, Movel AI has successfully established its entities in Southeast Asia and China, and has newly established in Europe and India. Kudan on the other hand has its headquarters in Japan with further operations in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

It is hoped that the strengths of each company can generate mutually beneficial synergies, while actively providing more navigation solutions in the automation industry.

About Movel AI

Movel AI is a robotics software, deep tech startup based in Singapore. Movel AI delivers human-like precision and movements to robots; combining sensor fusion, vision and machine learning & artificial intelligence technologies. Movel AI’s solutions are tailored to customers across different industries, applications and needs; from AGVs (automated guided vehicles) traversing factory grounds for logistical movements, to inspection robots scanning structural defects within multi-storey buildings, to enabling automated navigation in personal mobility devices. For more information, please refer to Movel AI’s website at www.movel.ai.

About Kudan Inc.

Kudan (Tokyo Stock Exchange securities code: 4425) is a deep tech research and development company specialising in algorithms for artificial perception (AP). As a complement to artificial intelligence (AI), AP functions allow machines to develop autonomy. Currently, Kudan is using its high-level technical innovation to explore business areas based on its own milestone models established for deep tech which provide wide-ranging impact on several major industrial fields. For more information, please refer to Kudan’s website at https://www.kudan.io/

 
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