当年在安迪·鲁宾的「指挥」下,Google 几乎可以组成一个机器人战队,先后收购了 Boston Dynamics、Redwood、Schaft 等多家机器人公司。但随着 Google 内部战略调整,鲁宾离开,这些机器人公司也成为 Google 战略挑战的「牺牲品」,而且由于这些公司在当时都是行业内顶尖的企业,他们在收购后所遭遇的困境对行业产生了极大的影响:Bloomberg 上周的一篇文章:

Most of the companies were unlikely to yield products in the near term, says Rich Mahoney, who ran the robotics division of researcher SRI International and was on the board of Redwood Robotics in 2013. “My view was that they were all acqui-hires or seeding a range of technologies Google wanted to build future opportunities on,” he says. But it never became clear what opportunities Google was pursuing. Its new robotics division communicated nothing to the outside world, and the company never articulated its vision even to employees who came along with the acquisitions, say people familiar with the division.

只是,根据 VC 公司 Loup Ventures 的数字,目前机器人行业的规模已经达到 245 亿美元,未来五年的市场规模还将实现翻番,那么问题来了,Google 还会重新调整自己的机器人策略吗?


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