Brain Corp Debuts Self-Driving Floor Cleaning Robotic EMMA

Brain Corp's EMMA robot rolls down the aisles of a supermarket, using artificial intelligence to assess her surroundings while cleaning floors. Brain Corp

A self-driving industrial floor cleaner, known as the Enabling Mobile Manufacturing Automation (EMMA) robot, made its debut Wednesday at the Brain Corp Open House in Mira Mesa.

In its new, state-of-the-art production facility and warehouse in Mira Mesa, the company provided a live demonstration of EMMA, a form of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) technology.

The robotics company Brain Corp showed a sneak peek of the self-driving, floor cleaning EMMA, as it independently performed complex tasks, said a Brain Corp official. The robot can learn, sense and adapt to its environment.

The cost of labor represents 80 percent of the overall expenses related to daily cleaning, and this is projected to increase 40 percent over the next four years, according to Brain Corp. EMMA is expected to offer a more affordable, sustainable alternative to hiring janitors and cleaning services.

According to Brain Corp, EMMA automates floor care using pre-existing equipment. The self-driving industrial floor cleaner does not need a human operator. However, when manually controlled, EMMA learns its environment and is able to then navigate complex areas without colliding into obstacles and people.

Brain Corp officials say EMMA will soon be available at major retail chains nationwide. The company plans to continue building the next generation of brains for self-driving vehicles.