Waymo hires engineers from shuttered robot startup Anki to work on its self-driving trucks

Waymo is hiring 13 engineers from shuttered robot toy startup Anki, including former Anki CEO Boris Sofman who will lead the Alphabet unit’s self-driving trucking project, the company said on Thursday. The news was first reported by Axios.

Anki launched in 2013 with a smartphone-controlled toy racecar set called Anki Drive. It raised more than $200 million in venture capital funding and sold 1.5 million robot units. That included Cozmo, a Pixar-style toy robot with anthropomorphic features that you could control, play games with, and even program yourself. But earlier this year, the company ran out of money and shut down.

Now, Anki’s core technical staff are heading to Waymo to…

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