Kitchener, Ontario’s Clearpath Robotics has unveiled the OTTO 100, the next model in its OTTO line of autonomous vehicles designed for light-load material transport in factories and warehouses, joining OTTO 1500, which is designed for heavy-load material transport.
OTTO 100 is an autonomous vehicle that can transport up to 220 pound loads, or 100 kilograms, at speeds up to 4.5 miles per hour, using Clearpath’s self-driving OS to track along optimal paths within the warehouse while avoiding collisions.
“The OTTO 100 takes the high quality and reliability of the OTTO 1500 and puts those advanced capabilities into a smaller form factor.” said Clearpath CEO Matt Rendall. “This enables new self-driving services in distribution, e-commerce, and manufacturing.”
Since OTTO doesn’t rely on external infrastructure for navigation, its implementation in a warehouse environment and integration with already existing material handling systems are easier and safer, without the high cost and disruption required by traditional systems.
Clearpath’s OTTO 100 can be integrated directly with a warehouse manager’s existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software via the OTTO enterprise fleet management system, and through its integrated lift system can be configured with a customizable cart, lift items off of pick up and delivery stations, or be outfitted with material racking.
Clearpath’s entire OTTO material transport ecosystem will be on display at Booth 3771 at the MODEX 2016 convention from April 4-7 in Atlanta, Georgia, which bills itself as “the greatest supply chain show on Earth”.
Earlier this month, Tesla Motors co-founder Marc Tarpenning joined the Clearpath Robotics advisory board.
Last September, Clearpath introduced the first generation of its OTTO autonomous warehouse robot, announcing at the same time that GE Ventures had also become a strategic investor in the company.
Last March, Clearpath Robotics has closed a $14 million Series A fundraising round, led by New York-based RRE Ventures, along with iNovia Capital.