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Greenland Technologies Selects Cyngn to Integrate Autonomous Vehicle Technology into Their Lithium-Powered Electric Forklift Fleet

Greenland Technologies | February 04, 2022

Cyngn, a developer of autonomous vehicle solutions for industrial fleets, and Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation, a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machinery and vehicles, announced a strategic partnership on February 3 in which Cyngn will integrate its self-driving vehicle capabilities into Greenland forklifts via its proprietary Enterprise Autonomy Suite (EAS).

With the integration of EAS, Greenland forklifts will be able to effortlessly transition between completely autonomous, manual, and remotely operated modes. In addition, organizations that use Cyngn's self-driving technology also have access to a wide range of analytics and software tools that can help them improve their operations.

"Currently, there are over 850,000 forklifts operating in the United States alone,"

-stated Lior Tal, Cyngn’s Chairman and CEO.

Greenland is known as a leader in the electric industrial vehicle and equipment space. This partnership is a great way to bring self-driving technology to a common type of vehicle.

"This partnership is another major development as we execute on our plans to bring the most innovative technology to our customers. Autonomous forklifts will not only make it easier for our customers to get work done and provide them with data that has never been available before, but the technology will also help them achieve their environmental sustainability goals by operating vehicles more efficiently."

-Raymond Wang, CEO of Greenland

Greenland's GEF Electric Lithium Forklifts are intended for various industries, including transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing. They plan to add self-driving features to Greenland's electric loader and electric excavator in the next few months.

*This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by Sections 27A and 21E of the Securities Act and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

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Aerobotix | June 07, 2022

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Akoustis Technologies | June 27, 2022

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Universal Robots | March 25, 2022

The market leader in collaborative robotics will show attendees at North America’s largest supply chain expo how cobots can automate new hard-to-staff palletizing and piece-picking tasks in new applications from partners including Mujin and RightHand Robotics. 1 trillion dollars. 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The Right Pick At RightHand Robotics’ booth, Universal Robots’ UR5e cobot will power the RightPick™ 3 robot system, that offers system integrators and warehouse operators an item-handling solution for use with AutoStore, ASRS systems, and other standard material handling automation. Both the hardware platform and the RightPick AI software stack have been re-architected for easier configuration of sources and destinations and workflows, greater performance exceeding 1,200 units per hour in controlled tests, process reliability better than 99.5%, safety and compliance. “We continue to work closely with the team at Universal Robots.These past two years have stressed the supply chain everywhere, but UR has been a reliable and responsive supplier to us at RightHand, which has been critical to us as we scale our business.” Vince Martinelli, Head of Product and Marketing at RightHand Robotics Real-Time Decision Making in Mixed-Case Handling At UR’s own MODEX booth #B2805, visitors will experience how palletizing, one of the most ergonomically unfriendly and labor demanding tasks, is handled by UR cobots in several innovative applications; one of them developed by UR partner Mujin, showcasing a UR10e cobot in mixed-case depalletizing: “Collaborative robots have completely changed the way industry utilizes robotics,” says Josh Cloer, director of sales at Mujin. “UR brings flexibility, ease-of-use and ready-to-deploy tools making it simple for manufacturers to automate nearly any repetitive task. 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