Locus Robotics CEO Rick Faulk on $50M Series E and Unicorn Status, Plus Wilder Systems’ Cobots and Waymo’s Robotaxi

In this podcast, Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, discusses $150 million Series E and the company’s unicorn status. Also Wilder Systems’ cobots, NASA JPL’s Mars rovers and Waymo’s robotaxi.

Locus Robotics CEO Rick Faulk on $50M Series E and Unicorn Status, Plus Wilder Systems’ Cobots and Waymo’s Robotaxi

By Dan Kara | March 15, 2021

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Welcome to Episode 35 of The Robot Report Podcast, where each week Robot Report editor Steve Crowe reviews the latest robotics, automation and intelligent systems news and announcements, and interview leading roboticists, leaders of innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

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In this podcast, Robot Report editor Steve Crowe chats with with Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, an RBR50 company that just raised a $150 million Series E round of funding. Faulk discusses the company’s unicorn status, pending improvements to its autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), COVID-19’s impact on e-commerce, and why Locus Robotics should be a publicly-traded company.

Crowe also spoke with Will Wilder, CEO of Wilder Systems, about a cobot system his team built that automates rapid COVID-19 testing results. Wilder notes that the system is being adapted to help test for other viruses, such as Ebola and Zika.

The podcast also celebrates the incredible team at NASA JPL for putting robots back on Mars. You can follow Robot Report coverage of Mars 2020 here.

Crowe also comments on the week’s top robotics stories, including Waymo expanding robotaxi tests to San Francisco, and Verizon acquiring incubed IT, a developer of navigation and fleet management software for AMRs.

Podcast Timestamps

0-3:48 – Show Intro; Robot on Mars
3:49-27:47 – Conversation with Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics
27:48-34:18 – News Commentary
34:19-53:57 – Conversation with Will Wilder, CEO, Wilder Systems
53:58-56:11 – Show Outro

Show Notes

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