Analyzing the Bossa Nova-Walmart separation; autonomous yard trucks with Outrider

Welcome to Episode 23 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

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This week, fellow editor Steve Crowe and I chat with Brad Bogolea, co-founder and CEO of Simbe Robotics Inc., which makes the Tally 3.0 autonomous mobile robot for taking inventory in retail stores. We discuss the abrupt end of Walmart Inc.’s five-year relationship with Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., which had planned earlier this year to expand its rollout of inventory robots to 1,000 stores.

Bogolea also talks about the prospects for robotics in retail and what lessons the Walmart partnership provides for developers and startups.

Steve and I also speak with Andrew Smith, founder and CEO of Outrider, which is developing electric, autonomous yard trucks. We talk about how that segment of the supply chain can automate, progress in self-driving vehicle technology, and Outrider’s recent funding.

Outrider raises $65M Series B for autonomous yard trucks

Outrider’s system integrates three parts, and its autonomous vehicles move trailers at distribution centers. Source: Outrider

In addition, Steve and I talk about some of the latest applications for Boston Dynamics Inc.’s Spot quadruped robot, including carrying beer and helping police.

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Podcast timestamps

  • 0-7:59: Show intro
  • 8-42:06: Conversation with Brad Bogolea, co-founder and CEO, Simbe Robotics
  • 42:07-42:41: RoboBusiness Direct preview
  • 42:42-1:10:02 :Conversation with Andrew Smith, founder and CEO, Outrider
  • 1:10:03-1:10:43: Show outro

Show notes

Written by

Eugene Demaitre

Eugene Demaitre is editorial director of the robotics group at WTWH Media. He was senior editor of The Robot Report from 2019 to 2020 and editorial director of Robotics 24/7 from 2020 to 2023. Prior to working at WTWH Media, Demaitre was an editor at BNA (now part of Bloomberg), Computerworld, TechTarget, and Robotics Business Review.

Demaitre has participated in robotics webcasts, podcasts, and conferences worldwide. He has a master's from the George Washington University and lives in the Boston area.