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Robosense Named 2019 CES Innovation Award Honoree for its LiDAR Solution for Self-Driving Cars

Robosense Named 2019 CES Innovation Award Honoree for its LiDAR Solution for Self-Driving Cars

RoboSense​, a China-based company working on an advanced lidar and perception systems for autonomous driving, announced that it has been named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for its RS-IPLS Intelligent Perception LiDAR System.

Eric Walz2018-11-12 13:19 PT

Tencent is Recruiting for an Autonomous Driving Team in Silicon Valley

Tencent is Recruiting for an Autonomous Driving Team in Silicon Valley

Tencent is looking to assemble a autonomous driving team in Silicon Valley. The company posted an advertisement on the business networking site LinkedIn to recruit autonomous driving engineers and researchers in the U.S.

FutureCar Staff 2018-11-07 15:31 PT

Ford & Baidu to Test Self-Driving Cars in China

Ford & Baidu to Test Self-Driving Cars in China

The Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu launched a two-year project on Wednesday to test self-driving vehicles on Chinese roads. The move is another partnership between a tech company and established automaker in the race to develop autonomous driving technology.

Eric Walz2018-10-31 10:50 PT

Waymo Granted California Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars Without Human Backup

Waymo Granted California Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars Without Human Backup

The California DMV has granted Waymo the first ever permit to test its driverless minivans without a human backup, meaning there will be no test driver sitting in the driver’s seat.

FutureCar Staff 2018-10-30 16:01 PT

Tesla Updates its Autopilot to Work on Highway Interchanges

Tesla Updates its Autopilot to Work on Highway Interchanges

Tesla models equipped with the latest software version will now be able to navigate freeway interchanges autonomously. The new feature is called “Navigate on Autopilot” and uses the car’s built-in navigation system to guide the vehicle from a freeway on-ramp to the off-ramp.

Eric Walz2018-10-30 11:49 PT

Lyft Acquires London-based Augmented Reality Startup Blue Vision Labs

Lyft Acquires London-based Augmented Reality Startup Blue Vision Labs

Ride hailing company Lyft announced today it is acquiring Blue Vision Labs, a London-based augmented reality startup. Blue Vision Labs specializes in using computer vision technology to add AR features street-level imagery. Blue Vision’s technology will help accelerate Lyft’s efforts toward developing autonomous transportation.

Eric Walz2018-10-23 16:05 PT

Apple Self-Driving SUV Involved in Accident in Silicon Valley

Apple Self-Driving SUV Involved in Accident in Silicon Valley

Despite being one of the world’s most valuable tech companies, Apple’s self-driving cars are still a work in progress. The company reported that one of their self-driving development vehicles was involved in a collision near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.

FutureCar Staff 2018-08-31 18:24 PT

Waymo Opens Subsidiary in Shanghai to Test Self-Driving Technology

Waymo Opens Subsidiary in Shanghai to Test Self-Driving Technology

Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent company Alphabet, has opened an office in Shanghai as it looks to push into China. The new subsidiary will design and test autonomous vehicle products, parts, supply chain management, logistics and other related services, according to the the filing.

Eric Walz2018-08-24 12:38 PT

Aptiv Reaches Milestone of 5,000 Public Trips in its Self-Driving Cars

Aptiv Reaches Milestone of 5,000 Public Trips in its Self-Driving Cars

Since January, thousands of local residents and tourists in Las Vegas have taken a ride in one of Aptiv’s self-driving BMW’s operating on Lyft’s platform and the company just announced the completion of its 5,000th trip on the Las Vegas strip.

Eric Walz2018-08-22 16:11 PT

WaveSense Launches World’s First Ground Penetrating Radar for Self-Driving Cars

WaveSense Launches World’s First Ground Penetrating Radar for Self-Driving Cars

Sometimes to see where your’re going you need to look down, in this case below the road surface. WaveSense Inc. has announced the commercialization of a new technology that significantly improves autonomous vehicle navigation by keeping self-driving vehicles precisely in-lane, utilizing data from ground-penetrating radar (GPR).

Eric Walz2018-08-20 16:49 PT

Silicon Valley Lidar Maker Quanergy Systems Puts its Planned IPO on Hold

Silicon Valley Lidar Maker Quanergy Systems Puts its Planned IPO on Hold

A new report suggests trouble is brewing at silicon valley startup Quanergy systems Inc., a company developing solid state lidar for autonomous cars, Bloomberg has reported. Quanergy was one of the first self-driving tech unicorns—reaching a $1.5 billion valuation in 2016.

Jeremy Carlton2018-08-13 16:10 PT

Tesla Senior VP of Engineering Leaves to Join Apple’s 'Project Titan'

Tesla Senior VP of Engineering Leaves to Join Apple’s 'Project Titan'

​Doug Field, who stepped down as the senior vice president of engineering at Tesla last month, is returning to Apple, the company said on Thursday. Most recently, Field oversaw Model 3 engineering at Tesla.

Eric Walz2018-08-10 12:31 PT

rideOS Raises $25 Million Led by Next47 to Support the Rollout of Self-Driving Cars

rideOS Raises $25 Million Led by Next47 to Support the Rollout of Self-Driving Cars

ride OS, an 11 month old San Francisco-based startup that recently came out of stealth mode and is working to solve logistics problems for autonomous fleets, ride-hailing platforms, as well as for human drivers. The company announced $25 million in new funding to accelerate its mapping operations in Europe

Eric Walz2018-08-02 13:32 PT

Bosch Teams Up with Forcera to Warn Driverless Cars If Weather Affects Road Conditions

Bosch Teams Up with Forcera to Warn Driverless Cars If Weather Affects Road Conditions

Bosch is addressing a real problem for autonomous cars, by alerting the vehicle itself, as well as other nearby autonomous vehicles, to weather hazards such as ice, which might affect a vehicle’s handling. With this data, adjustments can be made to autonomous driving systems.

Eric Walz2018-07-30 13:26 PT

Boston to Allow City-Wide Testing of Self-Driving Cars

Boston to Allow City-Wide Testing of Self-Driving Cars

​For the past year, city officials in Boston restricted companies testing autonomous technology to less populated, industrial areas of the city. Now that is about to change, as the city is now allowing self-driving cars to roam the streets citywide, including during the morning rush hour.

Jeremy Carlton2018-06-20 15:37 PT

Luminar Announces ‘Significant’ Investment & Collaboration with Volvo on Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Luminar Announces ‘Significant’ Investment & Collaboration with Volvo on Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Volvo announced and investment and collaboration with Luminar Technologies Inc., a company that developed an advanced lidar system for autonomous cars. As part of the partnership, Luminar is providing the core sensing technology to Volvo’s autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2018-06-14 12:45 PT

AEye’s Next-Gen AI-Based Perception May Become the 'Eyes' of Self-Driving Cars

AEye’s Next-Gen AI-Based Perception May Become the 'Eyes' of Self-Driving Cars

AEye is relatively new Silicon Valley startup. Founded in 2013, the company is working on lidar and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. AEye’s computer vision technology is unique, as it uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to mimic how a human eye focuses on objects.

Eric Walz2018-06-13 11:03 PT

Ford Files Patent for System to Detect Lane Splitting Motorcycles

Ford Files Patent for System to Detect Lane Splitting Motorcycles

For a self-driving car to successfully navigate through vehicle traffic, the car needs the capability to avoid motorcycles riding between the lanes. Ford Motor Company recently filed a patent to address this problem. The technology was developed at Ford’s Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Eric Walz2018-06-04 12:04 PT

SoftBank's Vision Fund to Invest $2.25 Billion in GM Cruise

SoftBank's Vision Fund to Invest $2.25 Billion in GM Cruise

General Motors announced today that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise to support the company’s plans to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.

Eric Walz2018-05-31 11:13 PT

Intel’s Mobileye Inks Deal to Supply 8 Million Cars with Self-Driving Tech

Intel’s Mobileye Inks Deal to Supply 8 Million Cars with Self-Driving Tech

Mobileye, the Israel-based autonomous driving unit that Intel purchased for $15.3 billion in 2017, has signed a contract to supply eight million cars at a European automaker with its computer vision-based, self-driving technology.

Eric Walz2018-05-17 14:09 PT

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