Addressing the inefficiency and high costs of training within impractical, static settings is a common challenge. This issue extends to companies needing to adapt to rising security threats and first responders requiring access to challenging terrains.
Munich-based defense technology startup ARX tackles this problem with its unmanned ground robot platform. They provide an off-the-shelf solution capable of simulating, surveilling, training, and offering support in various realistic scenarios.
Secures €1.15M funding
Now, the Munich defence tech manufacturer has raised €1.15 million pre-seed funding in a round led by Project A Ventures. The investment will be used to develop autonomous robotic platforms for dual-use applications – both military and civilian use. Also, the funds will be used to grow the team, and the technology, and scale production capabilities.
“Autonomous robots will revolutionise efficiency, safety and 24/7 readiness in both civilian and military use cases. With ARX we provide an autonomous dual-use robotic platform that is cost-effective and capable of fulfilling multiple roles while saving people’s lives”, said Marc Wietfeld, co-founder of ARX. “We have brought together a diverse team of military, research, and industry experts to develop software and hardware solutions that significantly enhance the capabilities of Western Allies.”
Develop autonomous robotic platforms
ARX was founded by Marc Wietfeld and Stefan Röbel in 2021 as a RX is a spin-off from the GEREON research project at the German Armed Forces University in Munich. It specialises in developing autonomous unmanned systems for dual-use applications. The company builds and operates autonomous Single-to-Multi-Use robots for various applications. The goal is to help soldiers and civilian first responders make better decisions and take more effective action in life-threatening situations.
For the armed forces, ARX robots serve as consumable solutions that can help train and protect troops, gather intelligence and withstand the challenges of missions. For civilian emergency services, they are designed to provide years of reliable support for relief purposes.
ARX’s unarmed GEREON ground robots use sensors, cameras, alarms and transport capabilities for live fire training exercises, simulation, surveillance and decoy purposes. First units are being tested with defence companies and with the armed forces of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Estonia. The company’s small to medium-sized autonomous robots are based on a universal robotic platform that allows for flexible add-on and payload solutions for the UGV depending on different security and defence-related scenarios.