SiLC Technologies Launches its Eyeonic Vision System, a LiDAR Sensor That Can Identify Objects up to 1 Kilometer Away
California-based SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC), a developer of advanced machine vision technology, announced the launch of its new Eyeonic Vision System this week. It's the first-of-its-kind Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar transceiver using a single silicon photonics chip which provides more than 10x the definition and precision of conventional lidar. It can measure the shape and distance of objects with high precision at distances greater than one kilometer (1,000 meters).
Eric Walz2022-12-09 11:45 PT
China's Tech Giant Baidu Plans to Rollout the World’s Largest Fully Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service by Next Year
China's internet technology giant Baidu Inc. held its “Apollo Day” live-streamed technology event on Monday where the company shared its latest progress on autonomous driving. Among the announcements at Apollo Day were Baidu’s plans to launch the world's largest fully-autonomous ride-hailing service aptly named “Apollo Go” by next year and become the world’s biggest robotaxi operator.
Eric Walz2022-11-29 15:00 PT
Nexar Releases its ‘Driver Behavioral Map Data’ That Can Help Autonomous Vehicles Operate More Like Human Drivers
Computer vision company Nexar, which developed a dash cam application that seeks to rid the world of car crashes, has released its Driver Behavioral Mapping data that can be used to create maps to train autonomous vehicles to operate more like human drivers. This crowdsourced map data, which is collected anonymously by Nexar’s AI-powered dash cams, provide additional insights on how human drivers behave on different road segments and in various weather and road conditions.
Eric Walz2022-10-06 12:00 PT
Michigan-based May Mobility Closes on $111 Million Funding Round, Begins Development on Toyota’s Next-Gen Commercial Autonomous Vehicle Platform
May Mobility, an Ann Arbor Michigan-based autonomous transportation startup, announced it closed on a $111 million Series C round of funding. The latest funding round brings the company's total funding to date to $194 million. Through its collaboration with Toyota, May Mobility aims to begin fully-autonomous commercial robotaxi operations in 2023, as well as expand into new markets.
Eric Walz2022-08-18 10:00 PT
Nissan’s New Lidar-based Advanced Driver Assist Technology in Development Will Automatically Intervene to Avoid Collisions
Japan’s Nissan Motor Co is working on an advanced driver assist system (ADAS) that will significantly reduce the likelihood of a collision, the automaker announced on Monday. Nissan refers to its technology as “ground truth perception”. It works by fusing data from high-performance LIDAR sensors, as well as radar and cameras on the vehicle.
FutureCar Staff 2022-06-01 19:00 PT
Nvidia Announces ‘DRIVE Map’, a High-Definition, Mapping Platform for Autonomous Vehicles Using Crowdsourced Data
Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang announced the new DRIVE Map platform during his keynote at Nvidia’s annual GTC technology conference on Tuesday. The company plans to map hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways in the US, China and Europe to help autonomous vehicle safety navigate with accuracy of 5 centimeters or less.
Eric Walz2022-04-29 12:10 PT
Autonomous Ride-Share Startup May Mobility Announces Minority Investment & New Partnership With Tire Maker Bridgestone Americas
Michigan-based autonomous transportation startup May Mobility on Monday announced a minority investment from tire maker Bridgestone Americas (“Bridgestone”). The new partnership will include the future integration of Bridgestone’s digital and predictive tire technologies into May Mobility’s autonomous passenger vehicles.
Eric Walz2022-04-27 08:30 PT
The First 4D Imaging Radar-on-a-Chip Developed by Texas-based Startup 'Uhnder' Will Debut on Vehicles in 2022
Austin, Texas-based digital radar startup Uhnder, a developer of 4D imaging radar technology for automotive and next-gen mobility applications, will soon become the first company to mass produce an automotive-grade, 4D digital imaging radar-on-chip to support next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Uhnder’s new digital radar chip will debut on consumer vehicles this year in Tier-1 supplier Magna's ICON digital radar.
Eric Walz2022-04-14 06:00 PT
Lidar Developer Robosense is Reportedly Set to Close on a $379 Million Funding Round, the Largest Single Investment in the Nascent Industry
Lidar startup Robosense, a leading supplier of the technology for autonomous vehicles based in China, has reportedly secured the largest single investment in the lidar industry of RMB 2.4 billion. The funding round is being led by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi and includes “nearly half of China’s auto industry”.
FutureCar Staff 2022-04-03 16:00 PT
Autonomous Vehicle Startup Nuro Reveals its Newest Model for Last Mile Deliveries, Plans to Deploy Millions of Them
California autonomous vehicle developer Nuro unveiled its third-generation vehicle. The California startup aims to deploy millions of its unmanned delivery vehicles in the future. The small delivery vehicles are mainly designed to be used by retailers, restaurants and grocery stores for on-demand e-commerce deliveries. The vehicles are designed to operate at speeds below 25 mph on public roads, just like full-size passenger vehicles.
Eric Walz2022-02-18 11:00 PT
7-Eleven and Nuro Are Launching a Commercial Autonomous Delivery Service in California
Convenience store 7-Eleven, which has been a popular stop for snacks, beverages and essentials for decades, is getting into the delivery business in the most high-tech way possible. The company announced a new partnership with autonomous vehicle developer Nuro, in which customers will have their 7-Eleven orders delivered by one of the company’s autonomous delivery vehicles.
Eric Walz2022-01-07 22:00 PT
China’s Baidu Granted a Permit to Collect Fares From Passengers Using its Fully-Autonomous ‘Apollo Go’ Robotaxi Service in Beijing
China’s Baidu Inc announced that it was granted a service permit for Beijing's newly-launched zone for autonomous driving commercial services, which allows the company to charge for rides in its fully-autonomous ride-hailing vehicles. It marks the first-ever commercial deployment on open roads in Beijing, as Baidu moves closer to large-scale commercial operation of its "Apollo Go" robotaxi service.
Eric Walz2022-01-02 11:30 PT
Autonomous Driving Simulation Software Developer Applied Intuition Raise $175 Million in Series D Funding, Raising its Valuation to $3.6 Billion
Applied Intuition Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup that develops software simulation tools to speed the commercialization and production of autonomous vehicles, announced $175 million in a new Series D financing round co-led by entrepreneur and investor Elad Gil, and venture capital firms Addition and Coatue Management. The latest funding boosts the company's valuation to $3.6 billion.
Eric Walz2021-12-19 09:30 PT
Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Raises $600 Million in Latest Funding Round, Raising its Valuation to $8.6 Billion
Silicon Valley-based autonomous delivery vehicle startup Nuro has raised $600 million in its latest funding round, the company announced on Tuesday. The latest funding round brings in Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. as a new investor. Unlike many startups working on self-driving vehicles to carry passengers, Nuro is building a fleet of small cargo vehicles that can be used for last-mile deliveries.
FutureCar Staff 2021-12-09 11:50 PT
Waymo & GM’s Autonomous Driving Unit Cruise Granted Permits to Deploy Commercial Self-Driving Vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area
Alphabet’s self-driving division Waymo, along with Cruise, the autonomous driving unit of automaker General Motors, have each been issued permits by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to deploy commercial self-driving vehicles carrying paying customers. The permits pave the way for a more broader deployment of autonomous ride-hailing services in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Eric Walz2021-11-06 16:30 PT
Ford Motor Co, Argo AI & Walmart to Launch an Autonomous Delivery Service in Three U.S. Cities
Ford Motor Company, its autonomous driving technology partner Argo AI and retailer Walmart are teaming on autonomous delivery service using Ford vehicles outfitted for autonomous driving by Argo AI. The service will initially launch in three U.S. cities, Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Eric Walz2021-10-22 09:00 PT
Xilinx & Motovis Partner on a Hardware and Software Solution for Autonomous Vehicle Cameras Powered by a Neural Network
Semiconductor manufacturer Xilinx, Inc. has teamed up with Motovis, a provider of embedded AI for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, on a hardware and software solution for forward facing vehicle cameras. It's built on the Xilinx Automotive Zynq system-on-chip (SoC) and uses convolutional neural network (CNN) IP developed by Motovis. The two companies are targeting the $2.4 billion automotive camera market with a solution to help automakers speed time to market.
Eric Walz2021-10-07 10:00 PT
Toyota Acquires HD Mapping & Data Company CARMERA in its Push to Be a Leader in Autonomous Driving Tech
Toyota Motor Co subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. announced it acquired New York-based spatial AI mapping company CARMERA, Inc. The Woven Planet teams will tap into CARMERA’s core technology that can update HD maps used by autonomous vehicles with crowdsourced data collected from vehicle dash cams.
FutureCar Staff 2021-08-21 10:30 PT
Lidar Startup Sense Photonics Announces Development Program With a Major Detroit-based OEM
Lidar startup Sense Photonics announced on Tuesday a development program with a major Detroit-based automotive OEM for low cost, scalable lidar that can be added to production vehicles. As more new vehicles come equipped with advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and automated driving capabilities, lidar developers are vying to secure deals with global automakers and OEM suppliers for the laser-based perception technology.
Eric Walz2021-08-05 12:30 PT
Autonomous Driving Startup WeRide Reaches a $3.3 Billion Valuation With a New $310 Million Series C Funding Round
China-based autonomous driving startup WeRide has raised another $310 million at a $3.3 billion valuation, its second major funding round this year. WeRide also announced it was deepening its partnership with Japan's Nissan Motor Co to develop level-4 autonomous driving technology for its vehicles in China.
FutureCar Staff 2021-07-30 13:50 PT
LG Develops ‘Invisible' Speaker Sound Technology That Could Revolutionize In-Vehicle Audio
Eric WalzDec 28, 2022 10:45 AM PT
Toyota's Redesigned Prius May Get More Drivers Behind the Wheel of a Hybrid Vehicle
FutureCar Staff Dec 25, 2022 12:50 PM PT
Researchers at South Korea's Chung-Ang University Develop a ‘Meta-Reinforcement' Machine Learning Algorithm for Traffic Lights to Improve Vehicle Throughput
Eric WalzDec 22, 2022 2:30 PM PT