Silicon Valley-based lidar company Velodyne announced its new compact lidar sensor called the Velabit at CES this week. The new sensor is a low cost lidar for developers of self-driving vehicles and other autonomous machines. The company says it delivers robust performance on par with the company’s more expensive lidar sensors.
Eric Walz2020-01-09 16:35 PT
The saga between Uber and Waymo over the theft of trade secrets continues on. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges accusing former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski for stealing trade secrets from the company’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo and taking them to rival Uber Technologies Inc.
Eric Walz2019-08-27 11:50 PT
Velodyne Lidar Inc announced on Monday that it acquired the high-definition mapping and localization software, as well as the intellectual property assets from San Francisco-based startup Mapper.ai. Mapper.ai specializes in creating custom, high-definition maps for its clients working on autonomous driving.
Eric Walz2019-07-23 16:10 PT
Lidar startup Luminar Technologies announced a new $100 million investment and unveiled its new lidar platform called “Iris” for the automotive and commercial truck markets. Iris is a automotive grade low cost lidar solution designed specifically for high-volume production.
Eric Walz2019-07-15 13:00 PT
Baidu announced its camera-based Apollo Lite this week. Apollo Lite is a vision-based autonomous driving solution that leverages multiple cameras to achieve Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving.
Eric Walz2019-06-21 09:00 PT
Venture capital firms continue to pour money into lidar companies, as the laser beam technology is quickly becoming an essential perception tool for driverless cars and other autonomous applications. Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli maker of advanced lidar sensors for self-driving cars, said it raised an additional $170 million in its latest investment round.
FutureCar Staff 2019-06-11 15:08 PT
Aurora, a well-funded Silicon Valley-based autonomous driving startup, announced that it is acquiring lidar company Blackmore. Aurora said that it chose Blackmore because of its pioneering work in Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar, a next generation lidar technology that can improve the perception capabilities of self-driving vehicles.
Eric Walz2019-05-23 18:19 PT
Velodyne today announced an agreement with Nikon Corporation, under which Nikon will manufacture lidar sensors for Velodyne. Nikon hopes to start mass production in the second half of 2019. The partnership will focus on combining Nikon’s optical and precision technologies with Velodyne’s lidar sensors.
Eric Walz2019-04-25 13:06 PT
Lumotive, a Seattle-based lidar startup developing technology for autonomous vehicles, recently introduced a disruptive “beam-steering technology”, which the company says will significantly improve the performance, reliability and cost of lidar systems for the emerging self-driving car industry.
Eric Walz2019-04-01 18:58 PT
One of the most important pieces of hardware for self-driving vehicles is lidar and two emerging lidar startups announced this week they raised millions in new funding to supply the technology. Israeli startup Innoviz Technologies said on Tuesday it raised $132 million, bringing its total funding to $214 million, while San Francisco-based Ouster said on Monday it raised $60 million.
Eric Walz2019-03-26 19:07 PT
In a blog post today, Waymo shared details about its new advanced lidar sensor, which it calls the “Laser Bear Honeycomb”. Waymo says its lidar provides best in class performance. Waymo said it will sell the sensors to other select companies outside of the self-driving car industry, beginning with robotics, security and agricultural technology.
Eric Walz2019-03-06 17:00 PT
Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmBH (AID), the subsidiary of luxury automaker Audi focused on developing self-driving technology, has announced a partnership with LiDAR startup Luminar Technologies. As part of the partnership with Audi, Luminar will provide the forward-facing high-resolution and long-range LiDAR technology for Audi vehicles with autonomous driving capability.
Eric Walz2018-12-18 12:13 PT
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
Self-driving truck startup TuSimple developed a long range perception system, which it says can see and interpret objects over a half mile away—up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) ahead. To support this robust system, the company is harnessing the computing power of Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Eric Walz2018-09-20 14:08 PT
Researchers at Stanford University have created a new type of AI-powered camera that can used for much faster image classification. The promising technology is well-suited for use in autonomous cars that use cameras to identify other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Eric Walz2018-09-07 16:21 PT
A San Jose startup is ready to launch its first driverless cars on public streets. The cars will be carrying produce instead of people. AutoX, a developer of autonomous driving technology, is launching a grocery delivery pilot in San Jose, California.
Eric Walz2018-08-27 10:00 PT
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
Cepton Technologies, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of 3D LIDAR solutions for automotive and mapping applications, today announced it will provide Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. a global tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting, with its miniaturized LIDAR solution for autonomous driving.
Eric Walz2018-07-27 17:29 PT
Voyage, a Silicon Valley startup working on a driverless taxi service, has announced a partnership with car rental company Enterprise, to scale a new fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans for its robo taxi service it plans to roll out in communities across the U.S.
Eric Walz2018-06-14 14:55 PT
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
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