Previously, Division X was split into several other independent businesses within Alphabet, such as autonomous car company Waymo and the Verily science group.
Intrinsic will focus on developing software tools to make industrial robots “easier to use, cheaper, and more flexible,” according to a blog post by Wendy Tan-White, CEO of the company.
The publication states that training robots to complete tasks is time-consuming, requires specialist engineers, and reduces company productivity, and hinders economic progress. As a result, local production is hampered and the world becomes increasingly dependent on international “production fortresses.”
This, in turn, creates inefficient, expensive and environmentally harmful import-export relationships. Wendy Tan-White cites the World Economic Forum that 70% of the world’s goods are produced in 10 countries, and the International Transport Forum says that 30% of all harmful emissions from transport are associated with freight transport.
Working in collaboration with Alphabet teams and partners in real-world manufacturing, Intrinsic researchers tested software that uses techniques such as automatic perception, in-depth learning, motion planning, simulation, and force control.