Top 10 mobile robotic stories of May 2023

It’s been an exciting month for the mobile robot industry, from big events like the Robotics Summit & Expo, to big funding announcements and exciting new products.

Here are the 10 most popular robotics stories on The Mobile Robot Guide in May 2023. Subscribe to The Mobile Robot Guide Newsletter to stay updated and have the news delivered straight to your inbox.

10. WiBotic releases automatic drone charging pad

WiBotic – a Seattle-based company that specializes in advanced charging and power optimization systems for the rapidly expanding ecosystem of aerial, mobile, space and industrial robots – introduced PowerPad Pro, a stand-alone platform that can also seamlessly integrate into any existing hangar or other UAV storage facility. Read More

9. Netrush deploys Brightpick’s goods-to-person AMRs

Netrush, a US-based provider of integrated retail capabilities including logistics and data science, is deploying Brightpick’s robots in several processing facilities across North America. Brightpick’s autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) will first be deployed on the floor of Netrush’s Hebron, KY-based warehouse. Read More

Big Joe AMR8. Big Joe debuts new AMR features

Developed in partnership with, the Big Joe Pallet Mover is an easy-to-deploy autonomous solution for floor-to-floor pallet transportation and drop-off that companies can set up and begin operating in less than one hour after receipt. Read More

Otto 600

7. OTTO Motors takes big steps toward the VDA5050 standard for interoperability

As one of the first AMR vendors to support the VDA5050 standard and to open-source its connector, OTTO OTTO Motors is at the forefront of interoperability. Compliance with standards like VDA5050 will be especially important in facilitating the adoption of automation among enterprises around the world. Read More

DHL branded LocusBots.6. DHL deploys 5,000 more Locus AMRs

DHL Supply Chain has expanded its global partnership with Locus Robotics and is deploying 5,000 more autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) across multiple sites. This is one of the largest AMR deals for the industry so far. Read More

ROEQ cart solution attached to an OMRON LD90 AMR.5. ROEQ launches new cart solution for OMRON LD90 AMR with 130 kg payload

ROEQ expands its product line with a new cart solution for the OMRON LD90 autonomous mobile robot (AMR). At Automate 2023, the company debuts the ROEQ TMC130 solution: a top module and cart system for the OMRON LD-90x that increases payload from 90kg (41 lbs) up to 130kg (59 lbs). Read More

4. Ocado acquiring 6 River Systems from Shopify

Ocado Group is acquiring autonomous mobile robot maker 6 River Systems from Shopify. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. 6 River Systems develops the Chuck autonomous mobile robot (AMRs) for the logistics and non-grocery retail sectors. Read More

ForwardX Robotics AMR

3. ForwardX Robotics expands into Europe

China-based, ForwardX Robotics is a developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The company has deployed over 2,000 robots in over 100 warehouses and manufacturing plants across 5 continents. Since its establishment in 2016, ForwardX has secured over $100 million (USD) in financing with well-known investors and partners including Qualcomm, SoftBank, Dematic, Mitsubishi, Intel, Linde, C.Net and Taikang Life. Read More

OSARO Geek+.2. OSARO, Geek+ partner to offer pick-and-place system

OSARO’s pick-and-place robots are now compatible with Geek+’s warehouse automation system. This partnership allows the companies to offer a one-stop system for warehouse fulfillment operations and boost the ROI of their ASRS and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) system. Read More

Efarm autonomous tractor.1. Ukrainian tractor automation company develops a homegrown demining solution

The Ukrainian Efarm.Pro company developed an unmanned solution for demining farm fields ahead of the upcoming planting season. Efarm.Pro is a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, precision farming systems and has been integrating the latest technologies in the agricultural sector since 2014. Read More

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Brianna Wessling

Brianna Wessling is an Associate Editor, Robotics, WTWH Media. She joined WTWH Media in November 2021, and is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas. She can be reached at