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U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

​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 Acquires HD Mapping Startup Mapper.ai to Advance its Lidar-based Driver Assist Software

Velodyne Acquires HD Mapping Startup Mapper.ai to Advance its Lidar-based Driver Assist Software

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 Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

Lidar Startup Luminar Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

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 Announces 'Apollo Lite' a Camera-based Autonomous Driving Technology

Baidu Announces 'Apollo Lite' a Camera-based Autonomous Driving Technology

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

Israeli Lidar Company Innoviz Technologies Raises an Additional $170 Million

Israeli Lidar Company Innoviz Technologies Raises an Additional $170 Million

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

Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

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 & Nikon Announce Manufacturing Deal to Mass Produce Lidar Sensors for Self-Driving Cars

Velodyne & Nikon Announce Manufacturing Deal to Mass Produce Lidar Sensors for Self-Driving Cars

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 Announces a New ‘Beam-Steering’ Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles

Lumotive Announces a New ‘Beam-Steering’ Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles

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

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

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

Waymo Develops its Own Advanced 3D Lidar for Self-Driving Vehicles, Will Offer it to Third Parties

Waymo Develops its Own Advanced 3D Lidar for Self-Driving Vehicles, Will Offer it to Third Parties

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 Unit to Collaborate with Luminar on LiDAR

Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving Unit to Collaborate with Luminar on LiDAR

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 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

TuSimple Develops a Self-Driving Truck With Help From Amazon Web Services That ‘Sees’ 1,000 Meters Ahead

TuSimple Develops a Self-Driving Truck With Help From Amazon Web Services That ‘Sees’ 1,000 Meters Ahead

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

Stanford Researchers Create New AI Camera for Faster Image Classification

Stanford Researchers Create New AI Camera for Faster Image Classification

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

AutoX Launching Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service in California

AutoX Launching Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service in California

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

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

LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier

LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier

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 Partners with Enterprise & Velodyne to Scale its Driverless Taxi Fleet

Voyage Partners with Enterprise & Velodyne to Scale its Driverless Taxi Fleet

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

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

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