Polymath Robotics

Polymath Robotics

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General Autonomy for Industrial Vehicles

Polymath lets you add autonomy to any industrial vehicle, without knowing robotics. You can build apps on top of our autonomy for free in simulation, now.

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📍 Polymath Robotics: plug & play autonomy for industrial vehicles

Polymath lets you easily add autonomy to any industrial vehicle, and build your own applications via Rest API.
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Polymath Robotics
Team Size:9
Location:San Francisco

Active Founders

Ilia Baranov

There is a certain enchanting magic that comes from working with robots; By waving our hands, we can make machines seem alive.

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher

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Stefan Seltz-Axmacher
Stefan Seltz-Axmacher
Polymath Robotics

Selected answers from Polymath Robotics's original YC application for the S22 Batch

What is your company going to make? Please describe your product and what it does or will do.

We're building generalized basic autonomy for industrial vehicles as a platform that other teams can build on top of.

There's an interesting paradox facing commercial robotics that the things customers care about (actually being able to complete tasks, an app to tell robots what to do, systems integration) are relatively specialized and understood, but actually making a robot work (path planning, hazard detection, smooth acceleration) is really really hard but undifferentiated. Basic autonomy for these applications is, in other words, something that eats up 90% of your engineering bandwidth while being insufficient to build a successful company.

We're building that basic autonomy layer in such a way where any technical team can configure it to make any large industrial vehicle autonomous. We're a lot like a Stripe or an AWS where we're taking hard but not core functionality away from the companies who currently struggle to build something that barely works by Series A.

During the next 3 months we want to launch an initiative we're calling OpenSim which will allow anyone who can write ~40m of Python to build an autonomous industrial app (their app to our API to command simulated vehicles), which would essentially make Series A robotics progress possible with a Hackathon's worth of work.