Automating Outdoor Maintenance
Founded by Ratanaphanyarat and entrepreneur Dawei Ding in 2015, ViaBot aims to provide automated maintenance solutions to large properties. Robots built by the robotics startup company are designed to replace the need for a sweeping truck service.
The San Francisco-headquartered startup allows users to deploy their RUNO robot to sweep large properties like parking lots. RUNO automatically deposits waste and debris after sweeping and can be programmed to sweep specific locations at a predetermined time. ViaBot used a modular design for its robots, so swapping the batteries is simple and quick. Additionally, ViaBot is currently beta testing soft security features to expand the number of tasks and functions its product can perform.
"ViaBot has taken one of the least sexy industries in the world and brought it right into the future; facility management needed a reason to adopt technology and ViaBot was the solution that finally broke through the noise," said Kelly Coyne, a founding partner at Grit Ventures. "ViaBot is already working with many of the largest real estate companies in the United States.”
Tapping into the Service Robotics Industry
Robots are working their way into many service industries, from last-mile delivery to property maintenance. Market research projects the global service robotics market to reach over $102 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 22.6%. While ViaBot is currently focusing on soft security and sweeping solutions, the startup has the opportunity to expand its product into a wide variety of outdoor maintenance functions.
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James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.