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Israeli-Japanese Partnership Ready to Distribute Autonomous Mobile Robots in Japan


Musashi AI, a joint Israeli-Japanese venture, has successfully finished their proof of concept for Autonomous Mobile Robots, or AMRs. This was completed in partnership with Japanese logistics conglomerate Suzuyo as well as Israeli firm 634AI, who is also affiliated with Musashi AI and the developer of an industrial automation and mobility management software called Maestro, the same software used by these robots.

Maestro is dubbed as a platform-agnostic tool, which means the program can run on any platform. In the tests conducted by Suzuyo, the third-party logistics firm in Japan, the AMR was able to autonomously maneuver pallets from one location to another without delay, according to a statement from Musashi AI. This proof of concept was done at Suzuyo’s distribution center in the Shizuoka prefecture.

A Unique Collaboration Between Industry Leaders

The partnership between Musashi AI and 634AI started in 2019 in an effort to bring unique solutions to Japanese markets by taking advantage of both parties’ expertise in their respective fields: Israeli’s computer software technology and Japan’s cutting-edge hardware engineering.

Currently, the two companies are in talks to deploy 634AI’s state-of-the-art Maestro navigation and fleet management software along with the AMRs across Suzuyo’s Japan-based distribution centers. While Musashi AI’s core business is AI visual inspection, 634AI is focused on software development for autonomous mobile robots. The two parties are looking to accelerate their joint research and development ventures in the future.

“We are honored to be partnering with Musashi and Suzuyo, two global industrial giants, to introduce the sizable benefits of our Maestro software system,” states Onn Fenig, the CEO of 634AI. “We are humbled and proud that Suzuyo is considering adopting our Maestro AMR navigation and fleet management software in their facilities across Japan.”

According to Fenig, the successful tests are proof of the unique capabilities of their Maestro software in the real world, orchestrating indoor logistics while providing a safe environment on the floor.

Creating Practical Solutions

This sentiment was echoed by Musashi AI CEO Murata Sota, who states that combining Musashi AI and 634AI’s respective technologies is a prime example of their vision to create sustainable, practical solutions for the masses. This is also in line with their business resiliency plans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ken Kawashima of Suzuyo’s Business Development Department agrees that this collaboration has the power to make great changes in the efficiency of the world’s logistic networks.

“We believe Maestro offers a virtually unique ability to manage AMRs and allows humans and robots to work together in sophisticated hybrid environments,” Kawashima states.

Sota Takahashi

Sota Takahashi is a Japanese-born electrical engineer. At the age of 18, he moved to Seattle and completed his Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Washington, Seattle. Being a fan of all things tech, he channels his geeky side through this website, and with his wife Linda, shares knowledge about robot pets and how they can be lifelong and advantageous companions for both children and the elderly.

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