Caterpillar, Inc. announces the acquisition of select assets and hiring of employees from San Francisco, California-based robot and autonomy technology solutions company Marble Robot, Inc. 

The acquisition is part of Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the next generation of jobsite solutions. Building on its leadership in autonomous mining, the company plans to leverage the deep expertise of the new team to bring scalable solutions to meet the changing needs of construction, quarry, industrial, and waste industries.

The new team is comprised of leading roboticists with a deep background in the robotics industry. Caterpillar intends to leverage the team’s fully integrated on-board autonomy technology—including perception, localization, and planning—to continue delivering smart, safe, more productive, and cost-effective solutions to customers.

“Our customers need the best solutions for running an effective jobsite, with improved operator productivity, lower operating costs, and greater efficiency brought by autonomous solutions,” says Karl Weiss, Caterpillar chief technology officer. “That’s why we’re continuing to invest.”