Published on November 8, 2023, 4:10 pm

Zhang Li, a former executive at WeRide, has made a surprising career move. After leaving the Chinese autonomous vehicle company in June, Zhang has joined LimX Dynamics, a Shenzhen-based robotics startup, as its co-founder and chief operating officer. His decision to join the company was driven by his aspiration to work on the “next big thing.” LimX Dynamics focuses on developing humanoid robots and has already raised 200 million yuan ($27.5 million) in funding.

Zhang’s experience in the autonomous vehicle industry makes him an ideal candidate for leading LimX Dynamics’ efforts in developing legged robots. These robots have similarities to self-driving vehicles and use technologies like simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). Zhang believes that just as households now own cars, they may also own robots in the future to carry out domestic tasks.

While there are similarities between autonomous vehicles and legged robots, it’s important not to oversimplify the connection. Navigating pedestrian routes is different from navigating roads, and bipedal or quadrupedal robots face their unique challenges. However, LimX Dynamics is optimistic about their potential applications, including industrial inspection, automobile manufacturing, logistics, and household services.

In recent years, there has been significant investment and hiring in the autonomous vehicle industry without clear revenue generation strategies. Zhang hopes that the robotics industry can avoid the same fate by ensuring a smooth transition from development to practical implementation. LimX Dynamics aims to push the boundaries of what is conceivable with robots and explore new possibilities.

Overall, Zhang’s decision to join LimX Dynamics reflects his interest in working on cutting-edge technology with substantial capital backing. As China sets ambitious goals for mass-producing humanoid robots by 2025, it creates opportunities for talent like Zhang to contribute to this emerging field.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is derived from an article originally published on TechCrunch and does not reflect the views of OpenAI.

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