Center for Autonomous Robotics Launch in Austin

The nation’s first and only land, sea, and air robotics innovation lab is launching during SXSW with robot and drone demonstrations

On March 13-14, 2022, Capital Factory and Guinn Partners will activate the Center for Autonomous Robotics (CAR) with a 2-day showcase of robots and drones during SXSW. The ribbon-cutting and official launch party will kick off on Sunday, with continued learning and exploration on Monday including a display of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology from startups, corporations, universities, and government entities throughout the day.

“Innovation is all about iteration. You have to try, fail, and try again as quickly as possible,” said Capital Factory CEO Joshua Baer. “If you want to innovate with drones and robots, you need to be in a location where you can easily test your designs over and over.”

In addition to regular benefits of Capital Factory membership, companies within the robotics sector now have access to co-located testing areas for land, air, and sea robotics of all types. With an area dedicated to taking off and flying drones, a lawn to test ground robots, a lake area to launch underwater or surface vehicles, and a top-of-the-line lab space, the Center for Autonomous Robotics has everything robotics companies need to innovate on air, ground, or sea.

“The most challenging core technical problems in automation persist across industry” said Colin Guinn, founder of Guinn Partners. “If America is going to be a global player in drones and robotics — and we should — then companies in that space need a place to collaborate and address those problems together. The CAR meets that need and so much more.”

This special launch event — which includes participation from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and more — is just one of the exciting activities planned for Capital Factory House at SXSW, March 10-14. Tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for those interested in showcasing their latest robotics technology.

This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Those wishing to attend can learn more and register at Shuttles to and from Capital Factory Downtown will be provided.

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