– which put itself and its subsidiaries under the auspices of newly formed Alphabet
as part of a 2015 corporate restructuring – acquired the two companies
amid a robotics-focused M&A drive back in 2013.
Why it matters:
It was reported in March last year that Alphabet
was putting Boston Dynamics
up for sale. Toyota
has been one of the rumoured suitors for the US company.
has already made robotics a central pillar of its forward plans. Its “humanoid” robot Pepper was officially unveiled 2014 and has potential applications in areas as diverse as crowd control, multilingual translation, and elderly care, according to the Japanese company.
It is not clear at this stage if these acquisitions are linked to SoftBank’s $93 billion-plus Vision Fund. The Japanese company has indicated that all of its investments over $100 million, with the exception of those in ride-hailing businesses, will be carried out through the fund.
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