iRobot CEO insists company won’t sell Roomba home data

iRobot CEO insists company won’t sell Roomba home data


Despite a report suggesting the contrary, iRobot is not planning to sell data from 900 Series Roombas to companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon, CEO Colin Angle said in a statement published on Friday.

“First things first, iRobot will never sell your data,” Angle wrote in response to questions from ZDNet. “Information that is shared needs to be controlled by the customer and not as a data asset of a corporation to exploit. That is how data is handled by iRobot today. Customers have control over sharing it. I want to make very clear that this is how data will be handled in the future,” he said later in the statement.

A PR representative claimed that the earlier report was a “misinterpretation” of Angle’s statements.

“Colin never said that iRobot would look to sell customer maps or data to other companies,” the person said. “iRobot has not had any conversations with other companies about data transactions, and iRobot will not sell customer data.”

On the information the 900 Series collects, the representative said that vSLAM mapping and navigation data stays on the robot, and any images used aren’t uploaded to the cloud. Maps and usage data may be uploaded, but only for use in the iRobot Home app.

“It’s also important to point out that the camera doesn’t see things like we do,” iRobot said. “The robot perceives its environment as a pattern of light and dark points in its field of view. This pattern enables the Roomba 900 Series to localize or confirm its position on the map, so it can clean an entire level of a home. The camera…

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