Category Archives: Autonomous vehicles

Ford’s Strategic Investments

Ford has announced its intention to produce a fully autonomous, or “SAE level 4-capable” (operable without a wheel of pedals), vehicle for commercial operations by 2021 as part of a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. “The next decade will be defined … Continue reading

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Velodyne Investment Update

WOW – this is much bigger news than I reported on yesterday. The complete story is that Ford and Baidu are joining forces with Velodyne by investing $150 million to further autonomous vehicle research and development. Velodyne has certainly come … Continue reading

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Baidu Invests in Velodyne

This is potentially very BIG news for both Baidu, a mega Chinese consumer Internet company and Velodyne Lidar. Autonomous vehicles have a much greater potential in a highly controlled state government. It’s learned that Baidu has reached investment intent with … Continue reading

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ZF Acquires Stake in Lidar Firm

In another example of the importance of lidar to the autonomous vehicle industry ZF (not be confused with Z+F) announced that they had acquired a a 40% stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company, which was founded in … Continue reading

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Measuring Pedestrian Traffic

Ford Motor Company has joined forces with MIT to use lidar and cameras to measure pedestrian traffic and predict demand for on-demand electric shuttles. The project will introduce a fleet of on-demand electric vehicle shuttles that operate on both city … Continue reading

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First Autonomous Vehicle Track Day

I have to wonder if people will get excited about autonomous vehicle racing. Will it be the car racing of the future? I am sure it will be a great test of the technology and the crashes will not involve … Continue reading

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Elon Musk Defends Radar

In the face of mounting pressure, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has revealed they are already working to improve the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. The technology currently relies on cameras and radar to operate the car, in the right conditions, … Continue reading

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Geiger-Mode for Autonomous Market

This press release from Princeton Lightwave caught my attention.  They are forming a new business unit to pursue the autonomous vehicle market. Geiger-mode LiDAR has been recommended by the Auto Alliance – which represents vehicle manufacturers that produce 77% of … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Security

This article in Gizmodo points out a serious challenge that the autonomous vehicle industry is going to have to face – security of the systems against spoofing. They report: “Spectrum reports that Jonathan Petit, from Security Innovation, has developed a … Continue reading

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Smart Maps for Autonomous Vehicles

A silicon valley start-up Civil Maps has recently received $6 million in funding from a group that includes Ford Motors for their ability to produce 3D base maps that are much smaller in size as they only contain the critical … Continue reading

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