Rose Velazquez | May 22, 2023

Applying artificial intelligence to robotics is all about furthering innovation. These intelligent machines include self-driving cars, autonomous drones, humanoid robots and autonomous farming equipment with applications for a variety of industries from retail and healthcare to agriculture and defense. They make use of sensors, computer vision technology, machine learning and other AI technologies to perform functions like navigating warehouses and sorting recyclables.

AI Robot Technology

Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that seeks to develop technology to simulate the workings of the human brain. Combined with the field of robotics, AI has been used to develop and innovate intelligent machines that can be used for everything from manufacturing to assisting healthcare providers.

Demand for AI-enabled robotics has been driving substantial growth in the industry. The AI robotics market is expected to reach a worth of upwards of $35 billion by 2026, according to Markets and Markets. That’s more than four times the market’s 2021 size of $6.9 billion.

From making smart consumer products to creating the first human-like artificial brain, the following companies are doing dazzling things with AI robots.

Top Companies Using AI Robot Technology

  • Miso Robotics
  • Hanson Robotics
  • Starship Technologies
  • Neurala
  • iRobot
  • Skydio
  • Boston Dynamics


27 AI Robotics Companies

Location: San Francisco, California

Rapid Robotics makes robotic solutions for manufacturing contexts. Its flagship offering is the Rapid Machine Operator, a robotic machine operator that’s marketed as a low-cost automation solution. This bare bones robot, which is set up and maintained by Rapid Robotics, is available by monthly subscription and can work in all major manufacturing sectors, from electronics to medical devices.


Location: Austin, Texas

Apptronik builds robots that are designed with dexterity and safety features that enable them to function alongside human workers. The company uses technology like machine learning to develop humanoid robots that can handle difficult to fill jobs in industries like logistics and construction.


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot looks like an AI dog robot, and it “has an inherent sense of balance and perception” that’s a product of an AI style the company refers to as “athletic intelligence.” Spot can be used for industrial inspections, allowing customers to use the robot remotely to navigate terrain that might be difficult or hazardous.


Location: Derry, New Hampshire

Through the use of robotics, AutoStore aids businesses with order fulfillment solutions. AutoStore specifically delivers cube storage automation, which optimizes space efficiency. The company offers five modules in its system: robots, grids, bins, ports and controllers. Each module’s function collaborates to retrieve order products, manage and store inventory and fulfill orders.


Location: Gardena, California

GrayMatter Robotics develops robotics and AI-based software to assist manufacturing operations. More specifically, the company strives to simplify tedious tasks by building AI brains for commercial robots. The company’s first development, Scan&Sand, is a floor operator that uses sensors to sand materials consistently.


Location: Pasadena, California

Futronics is building AI service robots for the healthcare industry, which will be managed through a cloud-based platform. The company believes its digital ecosystem will elevate efficiency and user experiences while patients are receiving care. Some of the robots will perform tasks like meal deliveries, walk training and personal transportation. The company’s automated software works as a command system that assigns tasks, monitors courses and reports data utilization for each robot.


Location: Seattle, Washington

Carbon Robotics supplies the agricultural industry with innovative tools, like the Autonomous LaserWeeder, helping farmers reduce time spent weeding. The product employs hi-resolution cameras that identifies crops and weeds in real-time and kills weeds — with lasers — at the meristem. The product is designed to function properly no matter the weather conditions or time of day.

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Location: Longmont, Colorado

Scythe Robotics is developing products and technology for the lawn care industry while eliminating pollution risks. The company’s flagship product, M.52, is a commercial, all-electric autonomous mower that uses semantic awareness, 3D mapping, precision localization and planning control to operate. Other features are 360 sensors, noise reduction and all-day battery life.


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Piaggio Fast Forward’s AI robot acts as an extra set of hands. Are your groceries too heavy? Maybe you just can’t carry all your workout gear? Piaggio’s gita robot uses AI to follow its owner close behind, acting as a versatile, hands-free carrier.


Location: San Francisco, California

Cruise combines AI with machine learning and robotics to develop self-driving cars. The company uses AI throughout the planning, simulation and infrastructure of the car in order to ensure that these machines can visualize the world around them in real-time and react safely.


Location: San Francisco, California

Starship creates autonomous robots that help to deliver items within a 4-mile radius. These AI robots are able to take items like groceries, food delivery orders or retail store orders and deliver them to customers using artificial intelligence to navigate their route.


Location: San Diego, California

Brain Corp’s proprietary technology makes AI robots adaptable and flexible so they can navigate unstructured environments like warehouses and store floors. The robots also have mapping, routing, surface anomaly detection, object avoidance and cloud-based data capture capabilities. EMMA, a Brain Corp robot, was tested in Walmart stores for after-hour floor cleaning.


Location: Golden, Colorado

Outrider produces autonomous, zero-emission systems for yard operations to promote safety, efficiency and sustainability. The company’s technology helps cut down on repetitive manual tasks, and its management software allows for operations to be monitored on site or remotely. Georgia-Pacific has been among Outrider’s customers.


Location: Austin, Texas

Diligent Robotics uses AI to build robotic assistants for the healthcare industry. The company’s Moxi robot is able to deliver medication and lab samples, and it’s equipped with a robotic arm that allows for navigating doors and elevators.


Location: Louisville, Colorado

AMP Robotics puts AI to work to automate recycling. The AI platform that powers the company’s robotic sorting system is able to recognize recyclable materials and distinguish types of plastics, papers and metals.


Location: San Francisco, California

Autonomous aircrafts play a role in delivering goods to remote locations, where it’s difficult to get vehicles into the area or cost prohibitive to attempt the delivery. Elroy Air uses AI in its autonomous Vertical Take-Off and Landing cargo aircraft called Chaparral. The AI robot can carry 300 to 500 pounds over a 300-mile range.


Location: Wilmington, Massachusetts

Locus Robotics produces autonomous mobile robots to support warehouse operations. The Locus Max, for example, has a payload capacity of up to 3,000 pounds, while the Locus Origin comes equipped with 8 cameras and sensors so that it can maneuver to work on order fulfillment alongside human counterparts.


Location: San Francisco, California

The Bright Machines Microfactories solution helps companies shift toward automated electronics assembly. The company says its experts in fields like computer vision, machine learning and robotics can advise customers on how to get the most out of the Bright Machines technologies to improve productivity.

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Location: Pasadena, California

Miso Robotics creates AI robots for use in commercial kitchens. Its fry station robot Flippy 2 uses AI vision to recognize what kind of food employees have placed in its auto bin. Miso says the robot can perform more than twice as many food prep tasks compared to the original Flippy model.


Location: Redwood City, California

Skydio is a drone manufacturer using AI to develop technology for autonomous flight. Its products include the Skydio 2+ drone, which can reach a speed of 36 miles per hour and can be flown manually or autonomously with the ability to avoid obstacles and capture photos and video. The company provides solutions for multiple sectors, including public safety, defense, construction and telecommunication.


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Perceptive Automata uses machine learning to help autonomous vehicles predict human behavior.  Perceptive Automata’s AI robot technology is constantly teaching autonomous vehicles about human behavior and showing cars how to operate safely in a human driver-dominated world.


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Location: Hong Kong, China

Hanson Robotics creates AI robots that not only have a human appearance, but also operate with human-like characteristics. These AI robots have life-like skin made of Hanson’s proprietary nanotechnology called Frubber and their human-like features include eye contact, facial recognition, speech and the ability to hold natural conversations. The robots can produce high-quality expressions that offer a less mechanical robotic experience.


Location: New York, New York

UiPath’s Robotic Process Automation software instills AI into robots to help them perform repetitive tasks more efficiently and learn while they go. The unicorn’s AI robot software is helping robots — from retail to manufacturing — speed up tasks in an environment where they no longer have to be supervised by humans.


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Neurala’s Vision Inspection Automation Software is meant to improve quality control to make manufacturing processes more efficient. The company says the technology can “detect challenging defect types,” yet its users don’t have to have prior AI expertise because the software is simple to set up, integrate and deploy.


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Sea Machines creates autonomous technology for the marine and maritime industry. The company’s technology connects a vessel’s machinery with navigation sensors for autonomous or remote control. The system acts as a data recorder while enabling remote missions or typical workboat routing tasks.


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Veo Robotics creates industrial robots with 3D sensing, AI and computer vision capabilities that enhance manufacturing operations. The robots work alongside humans to make workplaces more flexible and efficient, using 3D sensors to detect objects or people nearby and, if necessary, slow or stop. The robots have been used on car assembly lines to handle heavy-lifting while human coworkers perform more delicate tasks.


Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

iRobot uses AI in engineering home robots like the Roomba robot vacuum and Braava mopping robots. With the Roomba, users can schedule the robot to continue cleaning while they’re gone, and the Braava robots can be directed to clean with voice commands. The company’s proprietary technology also guides the robots around obstacles while they clean.

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