Good news has arrived this week. California will allow tech companies to test self-driving vehicles without safety drivers from April 2. Director of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Jean Shiomoto said, “This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California.” (Financial Times called this “long awaited win for Silicon Valley lobbyists.”) Continue reading “No Steering Wheel? California Allows True Driverless Vehicle Tests”
Think of a startup that was founded less than 2 years ago. Its creators came up with a novel processor idea for machine learning. In addition, in 3 funding rounds, startup raised $110 million. I am speaking of Graphcore, the Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU) producer. Continue reading “Graphcore: Could It Take on NVidia in Autonomous Vehicle CPU Market?”
Self-driving tech startup wars are on in the United States. Dozens of startups are showing off their niche to be the next big thing in the startup ecosystem. In the meantime, European startups are working hard to draw attention to this old continent. Fortunately, one British startup made it last year. FiveAI, Cambridge based artificial intelligence and self-driving tech startup, raised £27 million in September 2017.
Oxford based autonomous driving technology startup, Oxbotica was founded in 2014 as a spin-off from Oxford University and its mission is developing an autonomous control system for both on-road and off-road vehicles. Oxbotica’s self-driving software platform is unfortunately called Selenium. I say unfortunately, because there is also a well-known software-testing framework called as the same (not good for internet accessibility).
Great Britain. The land of Industrial Revolution. Where steam engine, telephone and television were invented. Hall of Fame of Science and Technology would be a dull and deserted place without our fellow Brits because it is the home of great scientists like Newton, Maxwell, Faraday, Joule, Kelvin. However, is Britain’s glorious past being just history?
Today, I came up with an idea: I should prepare a world map that shows cities allowing self-driving vehicle testing. But before creating anything, you should check if it already exists, should not you? I googled it and as usual someone already prepared it. Continue reading “Autonomous Vehicle Testing Atlas: Is Your City AV Friendly?”
The competition is tough. The names are big. Forbes Global 2000 listed tech and automobility companies are in a breathtaking race to be the first one to release fully autonomous cars, but who is going to make it first? Although, they look relaxed and self-confident in press conferences, the CEO’s of the self-driving car companies should be asking the same question to themselves. In this … Continue reading Forbes Global 2000: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?
Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 24 Autonomy: Level 4 “Waymo will launch the first self-driving taxi services in the world, possibly in 2018.” Google kicked off the first genuinely self-driving car project ever in 2009. You would argue with this bold statement, but please correct me if I am wrong: no one ever called their project as ‘Self-Driving Car Project’. Waymo fleet ran 4 million kilometers … Continue reading Waymo: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?
Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 28 Autonomy: Level 5 “That would be no surprise, if VW executives shake hands and take a selfie with their first AV customers in Ingolstadt.” In 2007, Stanford Racing won the 2nd prize in DARPA Urban Challenge with an autonomous Volkswagen Passat Wagon, called RoadRunner. Average speed they achieved during the race was 22 km/h and it took 4.5 hour to … Continue reading Volkswagen: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?
Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 10 Autonomy: Likely to be Level 4 “We can see autonomous cars on the roads during Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.” Toyota announced a $1 billion investment in Toyota Research Institute (TRI) as a 5-year plan in 2015 and since then it sped up the autonomous driving technology research. TRI focuses on not only autonomous driving but also Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, … Continue reading Toyota: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?