Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla Dumps Nvidia, Goes It Alone on AI Hardware — ExtremeTech

Tesla has developed its own silicon for running the neural networks it uses to do vision processing in its AutoPilot software, writes David Cardinal. Here...

RideOS raises $9 million

RideOS has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel.

Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion — Mashable

Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this...

Altavian awarded $250 million UAS contract by the U.S. Army

Altavian, a U.S. based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing firm, was awarded  a $250 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the US Army.

Automation technology company Festo investing $900 million to expand operations in Ohio

Festo will invest $90 million in an expansion of its Regional Service and Manufacturing Center in Mason, Ohio.

Waymo, Jaguar to add 20,000 electric self-driving vehicles

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are joining forces to design and engineer an electric fully self-driving vehicle, built for Waymo’s transportation service.

Waymo early riders can hail actual driverless minivans now — Fortune

Self-driving taxis are (finally) here! Fortune's Kirsten Korosec writes about Waymo  shuttling a group of early riders in self-driving vehicles without a human test driver behind the wheel. Here is the link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/13/waymo-driverless-minivans-phoenix/ 

Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles — Bloomberg Technology

Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles as it accelerates efforts to catch up with competitors such as Alphabet Inc’s Waymo; writes Alex Webb of Bloomberg Technology.  Here is the link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-25/apple-expands-california-self-driving-test-fleet-to-27-cars

Pony.ai raises $112 million

Autonomous driving solutions company Pony.ai has closed a Series A funding round of $112 million.

Nvidia details out safety features of its Drive OS for autonomous vehicles

Nvidia announced details of its functional safety architecture for Nvidia Drive, its AI autonomous vehicle platform at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.

Stryke, Scorpion to apply AI engine ScenGen to US Army’s UAS fleet

Stryke Industries was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. Defense Research and Development Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Program.

Nvidia, ZF and Baidu collaborating on autonomous vehicle platform for China

Nvidia, ZF and Baidu are creating a production-ready AI autonomous vehicle platform designed for China.

Hyundai, Aurora ink self-driving car technology deal

Hyundai and Aurora have inked a strategic partnership to bring self-driving Hyundai vehicles to market by 2021.

BlackBerry, Baidu collaborating on autonomous vehicle technology

BlackBerry and Baidu will collaborate to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Honda signs autonomous driving deal with Chinese AI company SenseTime

Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime has signed a long-term development agreement with Japanese car manufacturer Honda, to build cars with autonomous driving.