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Kinetic Launches Robots to Repair Electric Cars and Future Robotaxis


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As demand for electric vehicles (EVs) grows in the U.S., high insurance and repair costs for these tech-heavy cars have slowed their sales. A 2024 J.D. Power study showed only 26% of U.S. car buyers are “very likely” to consider an EV purchase, while over 20% are “very unlikely.”

Santa Ana, California-based startup Kinetic Automation aims to cut EV ownership and repair costs by offering advanced diagnostic and recalibration services for modern vehicles. With about 40 full-time employees, Kinetic has created a robotic system that uses computer vision and machine-learning software to quickly identify issues with a car’s digital systems.

CEO and co-founder Nikhil Naikal explained that new EV models come with advanced technology like touchscreens, infotainment software, and numerous sensors for safety and rapid charging. Traditional repair shops can handle physical fixes but often find digital system repairs time-consuming and costly.

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