iFlytek (科大讯飞), one of China’s AI giants, told investors on December 4 that it looks to introduce robot vacuum and mop products before the end of this year or in the first half of 2024.
In response to investor queries on a stock interaction platform, the Hefei-based firm said it is advancing the production and sale of sweeping robots for home use “in an orderly fashion.”
Once available, these products will hit the company’s official Tmall and JD.com stores.
iFlytek’s remarks came as the company, better known for its speech recognition technologies and a series of AI-powered smart gadgets, announced a foray in October into smart household cleaning gadgets.
It stated that an AI-driven robot vacuum and mop could be among its first releases.
The AI titan’s decision is expected to turn up the heat on market incumbents Ecovacs (科沃斯), Roborock (石头科技), Dreametech (追觅科技), Narwal (云鲸) and Xiaomi (小米科技).
China’s consumer-grade sweeping robot market is already awash with cut-throat competition, with intense rivalry among legacy players over market share.
iFlytek said in the reply to investors that its new cleaning robot aims to solve common pain points and introduce real AI technologies into the industry.
The goal is to increase the robots’ cleaning ability “in every dimension” to bring about a “truly relaxing and hygienic” user experience.