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Report: Amazon acquires robotics firm

Amazon is reportedly purchasing a provider of warehouse robotics technology.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has acquired Canvas Technology, a warehouse robotics start-up based in Boulder, Colo. Canvas, founded in 2015, provides robotic solutions including an autonomous cart that uses 3D images to navigate tight warehouse environments.

“We are inspired by innovations, and share a common vision for a future where people work alongside robotics to further improve safety and the workplace experience,” an Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement. “We look forward to working with Canvas Technology’s fantastic team to keep inventing for customers.”

Amazon will presumably fold Canvas into its Amazon Robotics division, founded after the company’s $775 million acquisition of robot provider Kiva Systems in 2012. Robots Amazon has developed with Kiva technology perform fulfillment center tasks such as bringing items out of storage, off shelves and out of bins, and carrying the goods to human employees for faster picking and packing.

Terms of the Canvas deal have not been made public.
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