Caterpillar has announced it has acquired select assets and hired employees from Marble Robot, an autonomy technology and robotics solutions company based in San Francisco, California.
The acquisition of Marble Robot is part of Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy to fulfill the requirements for the next generation of jobsite solutions. Building on its technology in autonomous mining, the company plans to leverage the deep expertise of the new team to bring scalable solutions to meet the changing needs of construction, quarry, industrial and waste industries.
The new team is comprised of leading roboticists with a deep background in the robotics industry.
“We’re excited to join the autonomy team at Caterpillar,” said Kevin Peterson, former Marble Robot CEO, and now a Caterpillar technologist.
“In many ways, this completes a full circle for me. I had the privilege of working with Caterpillar early in my career at Carnegie Mellon, where they sponsored the development of the first generation of self-driving vehicle software. Now, with the acquisition of the Marble team, together we will drive the next generation of autonomy solutions for Caterpillar customers in the construction, quarry, industrial and waste industries.”
Caterpillar plans to leverage the Marble Robot team’s fully integrated on-board autonomy technology – including perception, localization and planning – to continue delivering smart, safe, more productive and cost-effective solutions to customers.
“Our customers need the best solutions for running an effective jobsite, with improved operator productivity, lower operating costs and greater efficiency brought by autonomous solutions,” said Karl Weiss, Caterpillar’s chief technology officer. “That’s why we’re continuing to invest in the areas of automation, remote control and autonomy.”
Caterpillar says it is well-positioned to grow its services, based on its large installed base of connected equipment, field technology and decades of product, service and application expertise.
As well, the company will continue to make investments in emerging technologies, like automation and autonomy, in order to bring innovative solutions to meet the industries’ challenges.