Bangbang Robot (邦邦机器人), a Shanghai-based designer and developer of robot-enabled wheelchairs and other assistive devices, today announced a strategic partnership with Metoak (元橡科技), an autonomous driving technology startup.
The two companies will join hands in the area of robot-assisted mobility, supplying the market with an array of innovative products like self-driving wheelchairs and four-wheeled scooters.
Founded in 2016, Bangbang Robot is one of the first Chinese companies to cash in on robot-assisted short-haul mobility, with an eye to helping the elderly, stroke patients and other victims of lower limb mobility impairment to move around with ease, agility and dignity.
According to the agreement of the tie-up, Metoak will provide the visual sensors, its area of specialty, to be installed on wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive gadgets manufactured by Bangbang Robot.
This will help them better navigate the environment on their own.
The two sides also agreed to conduct joint research in driverless mobility solutions, providing the technical underpinning for Bangbang to bolster its market penetration as well as accelerate a smart revolution for the assistive mobility industry.
Suzhou-based Metoak specializes in building machine vision systems driven by binocular stereo vision and AI. It has set sights on offering differentiated and cost-effective visual sensing technologies tailored to automotive and robotic segments.