The eQart® concept, launched in the fourth quarter 2019, is a customizable, smart, and motorized cart based on the patented FlexQube building block system. In the continued development of the eQart® concept, FlexQube has partnered with BlueBotics to integrate the Swiss company’s state of the art autonomous navigation technology into its next generation of eQart®.
By using natural, permanent features in the environment to navigate, the eQart® will be able to navigate with high precision and robustness in dynamic and changing environments. The first eQart® product integrated with BlueBotics’ ANT® technology will be launched in the fourth quarter 2020 and with sales starting early 2021.
FlexQube CTO Per Augustsson said, “we have been evaluating the BlueBotics ANT® system for a while, and it is great to see that we now have reached a successful integration with our eQart® robot platform. Going forward we can offer the eQart® with an entirely natural navigation solution, which is a great complement to our vision-based line following navigation. It will enable the eQart® to handle even more use cases at our customers and is aligned with our motorized cart vision. Partnering with BlueBotics enables us to reach the market faster with an experienced partner alongside our team, a partner whose navigation technology already drives more than 2,000 vehicles globally. This partnership also provides us with great new opportunities in terms of distribution and sales since there are numerous types of automated ANT® driven vehicle available on the market, which makes it easy for potential customers to add new ANT® driven vehicles to their fleets, l ike the eQart.”
Dr. Nicola Tomatis, the CEO of BlueBotics, added, “we are delighted to partner with FlexQube to help bring the new generation of eQart® to life. This intelligent, modular system is a game changer for customers with specific and evolving material handling needs. And the eQart’s flexibility mirrors that of our ANT® technology, which requires no permanent on-site changes (no tape on the floor or reflectors for triangulation) and ensures accurate, repeatable vehicle operations time after time.”