Walmart rolls out cleaning robots

World's largest retailer to deploy more than 300 autonomous floor scrubbers across the US.

US retail giant Walmart is set to roll out more than 300 robotic floor scrubbers across its store network.

The roll out is in partnership with San Diego-based software technology Brain Corp.

Brain Corp’s BrainOS platform currently automates more than 100 of Walmart’s fleet of commercial floor scrubbers across the US.

BrainOS provides the machines with autonomous navigation and data collection capabilities, all tied into a cloud-based reporting system.

Walmart expects to have 360 robots powered by BrainOS in stores by the end of its fiscal year, 31 January, 2019.

Walmart’s BrainOS-powered floor scrubbers allow store associates to quickly map a route during an initial training ride and then activate autonomous floor cleaning with the press of a single button.

The robot uses multiple sensors to scan its surroundings for people and obstacles, providing the industry’s highest level of safety and performance.

“We’re excited to work with Brain Corp in supporting our retail operations and providing our associates with a safe and reliable technology,” said John Crecelius, Walmart’s VP of central operations.

Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, CEO of Brain Corp said the company was thrilled to partner with Walmart to enhance customer experience at its retail locations.”

“BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Walmart to help build intelligent, connected stores.”

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