Our Story

How Carnegie Robotics became industry leaders developing and producing automated, high-quality stereo cameras & sensors

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Carnegie Robotics has been a leader in the robotics industry since 2010, delivering state-of-the-art stereo cameras and positioning systems. As the robotics landscape continues to evolve, so does Carnegie Robotics. Our team is focused on engineering autonomy and producing the components that power autonomy. We are the premier supplier of high-end components, systems, and reference design in the world of engineered automation. We value mentorship and continued learning for all of our valued team members. Thanks to our dedicated team members, we diligently innovate in the field of robotics and engineered autonomy.
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Most rugged high-end stereo cameras and systems in the industry
Industry-Leading Innovations in Engineered Autonomy
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Dedicated to impeccable quality and efficacy in our collaborations
CMUS National Robotics

Feb 1994

CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center Founded
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) forms National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). Originally funded with a NASA grant, NREC’s objective was to advance field robotics for industrial, military, and agriculture. CMU & NREC are well known as the top robotics’ research institute on the planet.
John bares appointed as director of NREC

Jun 1997

John Bares Appointed As Director Of NREC
John Bares appointed Director of NREC. The organization quickly evolves into a national
powerhouse in field robotics.
NREC wins The DARPA Urban Challenge

May 2007

NREC Wins The DARPA Urban Challenge
Joint teams from CMU, NREC, and General Motors win the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge – in many ways, the beginning of the autonomous vehicle industry!
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Jan 2010

Carnegie Robotics LLC Is Born
Carnegie Robotics (CRL) is founded with the goal of elevating autonomy development and
commercialization of rugged products for military and commercial OEM clients.
National Robotics Intiative

Jun 2011

National Robotics Initiative
44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, selects NREC as the venue to announce the new National Robotics Initiative.
Carnegie Robotics Finds New Home

Feb 2014

Carnegie Robotics Finds A New Home
Carnegie Robotics relocates into its permanent home in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville district. Situated on the five (5) acre site of the long-closed Heppenstall Co., CRL fully retrofitted a 100+ year old former steel mill into a modern engineering space.
Uber ATG Is Born

Feb 2015

Uber ATG Is Born
CRL and Uber launch self-driving car development in Pittsburgh!  John Bares becomes the Founding Director of Uber ATG (Advanced Technology Group), and quickly scales the company to 400+ people and 1M+ miles of on-road autonomy! Uber ATG acquired by Aurora Innovation in 2020.
ISO 9001

Jan 2016

ISO 9001
Carnegie Robotics LLC is awarded the ISO 9001 certification.
DURO Global Navigation Satellite System

Oct 2018

DURO Global Navigation Satellite System
Carnegie Robotics co-develop and launch with Swift Navigation the Duro and Duro Inertial Global Navigation Satellite System.

Aug 2020

Thoro.Ai Is Launched
Thoro.ai, a Carnegie Robotics spin-out, develops robotics technology