Kärcher, Brain Corp announce technology partnership

Kärcher to launch first autonomous stand-on professional vacuum cleaner, powered by BrainOS.

Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG and Brain Corp, a San Diego-based AI and robotics company, have announced a new partnership to bring autonomous floor care solutions to market.

The initial product resulting from the collaboration will be the Kärcher Intelligent Robotic Applications (“KIRA“) CV 60/1 RS Chariot, the industry’s first autonomous stand-on, professional vacuum cleaner powered by BrainOS.

Kärcher will license BrainOS, Brain Corp’s technology for the production, deployment and support of this new cleaning solution.

“I am pleased that another building block has now been added to our global robotics strategy: our partner Brain Corp will help us launch the world’s first autonomous stand-on vacuum cleaner in the near future”, said Marco Cardinale, vice president floor care solutions, Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG.

“We designed the KIRA Chariot from the ground-up for autonomous operation, delivering best-in-class efficiency, reliability and mobility. In addition to the award-winning product concept of our KIRA B 50 autonomous scrubber drier, the new machine ideally complements our goals in the field of robotic floor cleaning solutions.”

According to the company the KIRA Chariot will feature several innovations including lithium-ion battery technology and a HEPA filtration system.

The KIRA Chariot will operate in both autonomous and manual modes, and will be available for sale in 2020.

hristian Cornelius-Knudsen, Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Services, Brain Corp, said Brain Corp is excited to partner with Kärcher.

“This collaboration continues our growing momentum in the commercial floor care market, with Brain Corp now counting the major industry manufacturers as technology partners. Thousands of robots powered by BrainOS operate across a wide-range of public and commercial environments today, validating both the technology and value to end-user customers.”

BrainOS became commercially available in 2015 and enables original equipment manufacturers to integrate autonomous capabilities into their machines, regardless of form-factor size or application.

BrainOS powered robots currently operate across geographies and operating environments that include retailers, warehouses, airports, shopping malls and school campuses.

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