Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the logistics industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share some of our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at five promising Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) solutions for the logistics industry.
Heat Map: 5 Out Of 150 AGV Startups
For our 5 picks of AGV startups in logistics, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Heat Map below highlights these five interesting examples out of 150 relevant AGV solutions in the logistics industry. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Eliport – Last Mile Delivery
Automated guided vehicles enter the market of last-mile of delivery with an extremely fast pace. They lower the administrative costs for delivery companies and decrease crowding streets, polluting the environment and affecting public safety. Spain-based startup Eliport, for example, solves the last-mile logistics challenge by providing a fleet of ground-based, robotic delivery machines that are able to load and unload without human interaction.
Dematic – End-Of-Line Transport
Automatic guided vehicles are the perfect part of the end-of-line automation chain. They exchange handshake signals with end-of-line equipment like robot palletizers and stretch wrappers to pick finished pallets from conveyors. For example, US-based company Dematic provides intelligent intralogistics and materials handling solutions that can operate with every step of the logistics chain.
Scallog – Order Picking
Automation of order picking can be implemented with AGVs that substitute human labor, handle bigger loads, and speed up processes on larger scales. Such devices use laser radars and image recognition technology to detect and avoid obstacles. French-based startup Scallog is a great example here because they offer automated AGVs for distribution that minimize searching, bending, and reaching.
Seegrid – Vision-Guided Vehicle
Vision-guided vehicles can virtually learn what they see. They only need a small excursion around the warehouse to prepare and memorize a 360-degree map of the location. US startup Seegrid develops vehicles which can easily cope with moving anything to the destination point. Such AGVs can easily memorize new locations and start working there if showing them the territory and the destination of product delivery.
Aethon – In-House Handling
Different businesses like hospitals, manufacturing sites, and hotels started to integrate automated guided vehicles into their everyday operation in order to automate material deliveries and lower human labor for such trivial tasks. For instance, US-based startup Aethon developeds a kind of AGV which they call AMR (Automated Mobile Robot). It integrates into building systems, uses elevators, opens doors and responds to building alarms.
What About The Other 145 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 AGV startups showcased above are promising examples out of 150 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.