The San Francisco Bay Area’s university ecosystem plays a key role in the development of robotics. At Stanford University
, the Stanford Robotics Lab
covers a broad spectrum of robotics applications and is part of a CNRS International Research Laboratory (IRL), which links Stanford University with the University of Montpellier for the development of underwater and surgical robotics At the University of California Berkeley
; the Berkeley Mechanical Engineering
brings together several robotics laboratories focusing on performance enhancement and potential applications.
Robotics innovations are stimulated by the growing industry landscape, with leaders such as NVIDIA Corporation, Bright Machines, and Cruise LLC, and support and investment structures that pay particular attention to the sector, such as
Silicon Valley Robotics Accelerator and Eclipse Ventures. In addition,the Silicon Valley Robotics, association, for example, brings together experts from all fields to support the new emerging robotics industry across the agricultural, medical, social, logistics and space domains.
In the highly dynamic ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area, some of today’s leading companies were startups just a few years ago; such is the case of Bright Machines and Cruise LLC which have achieved exponential growth thanks to their disruptive technologies, applied respectively to assembly lines and autonomous vehicles. Promising new technologies now stand out, such as Dusty Robotics, which provides robots to support building construction, Wing, which develops drones for home delivery, Multiply Labs, which develops solutions for drug assembly, and FarmWise, which develops agricultural tools for precision weeding.