Synkar was began by three Brazilian engineers in Toronto Canada in 2019. Matheus Theodoro, Evandro Barros and Lucas Assis began the corporate with the concept to create a singular indoor/out of doors cellular robotic. Now the corporate has places of work in each Toronto and Brazil.
The primary iteration of the Synkar autonomous supply robotic was designated SD01 (Synkar Supply 01). The present model is SD02, and the corporate is engaged on the discharge of SD03 by the tip of 2022.
Following the event of the robotic, the corporate has constructed a B2B cloud based mostly platform known as SARA. The platform encompasses a wealthy API that permits enterprise companions to combine shortly and handle the robotic operations.
The corporate intends to supply the supply service as a Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) based mostly answer. As such, the corporate has a roadmap to proceed creating SARA and add options as essential to assist future use instances.
First mile meals supply
One of many early use instances for the Synkar cellular robotic is meals supply, nevertheless, in the course of the pandemic an attention-grabbing utility for the Synkar cellular robotic emerged: not in final mile supply, however fairly what may be known as “first mile” supply. The corporate labored with a web-based meals supply service app in Brazil to allow mall-based meals courtroom (internal mall) distributors to maneuver clients orders from the meals courtroom, by means of the mall, out to the curbside, the place human supply drivers might simply take the orders out of the robots after which drive to the ultimate supply location.
This instantly improved the effectivity of the supply drivers and shaved 6-8 minutes off the supply cycle, as drivers didn’t have to discover a place to park after which go into the mall to select up a supply order. It additionally offered an extra income stream for the mall-based eating places, in a time when mall attendance was down. A win-win throughout.
Actually the corporate envisions an working mannequin by which the supply robots might fulfill orders for a number of on-line meals supply apps and eating places on the similar time, fairly than merely partnering with a single ordering app answer. The corporate calls this a “shared fleet as a service” enterprise mannequin. One may also think about meals supply in a single order, adopted by a parcel supply a short while later.
The corporate is already working with a number of companions to create a reconfigurable cargo carrying container that may allow a number of, locked sections. Nevertheless, the corporate states that even with a single order supply container, clients don’t take different clients’ orders, besides by mistake.
Inside Brazil, the corporate is already working with the Brazilian Submit service on parcel supply.
The corporate has it’s R&D headquarters and manufacturing in Brazil, and a small crew in Canada. That is primarily a results of the influence of the pandemic. Sooner or later, the corporate plans to outsource manufacturing to different worldwide companions and develop its gross sales and assist groups into different areas because it indicators new partnerships and clients.
On the subject of sidewalk laws and the longer term for sidewalk robots in cities equivalent to Toronto, the place sidewalk robots are at the moment banned, I talked to co-founder Lucas Assis at size concerning the points going through these robotics options. Lucas believes that the Toronto metropolis council is being cautious concerning the deployment of robots on sidewalks and is seeking to outline the necessities for public security and protected operations earlier than they permit the robots again onto the sidewalks.
Along with alternatives within the Canada and Brazil, the corporate can be seeking to develop in Eire as new partnerships develop and alternatives emerge. Following that, the corporate plans to develop in to america and Portugal.
The corporate is at the moment elevating a second spherical of funding of $4M to fund the growth of the corporate and construct a brand new fleet of robots for deployment.