SIP has announced its first deal, participating in a US$16-million round in AMP Robotics, a Denver, Colo.-based startup that makes robots that claim to sort your recycling twice as fast as humans, and with much greater accuracy. (The Logic)
Talking point: SIP was created just over two months ago by Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs (one of the largest seed investors in AMP Robotics) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The spinout company promised to look for innovative ways to deal with mobility, energy, water and waste, among other areas. SIP has said it will invest in technology “to enable sustainable, distributed and intelligent urban infrastructure, creating jobs, improving mobility, and providing more environmentally friendly infrastructure solutions.” Last month, AMP installed 14 AI-guided robots at Single Stream Recyclers in Florida, the largest global deployment in the recycling industry.