Category Archives: Consumer

Ford’s Argo AI Acquires Princeton Lightwave

Ford Motor Co’s (F.N) Argo AI unit, which develops software for self-driving vehicles, is buying Princeton Lightwave in a move that will certainly strengthen the team’s intellectual property, particularly when it comes to Geiger-mode lidar. It will be very interesting … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer | Leave a comment

Velodyne Sponsors AutoDrive Challenge

In what is reminiscent of its start in the DARPA Challenge, Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced that it is a sponsor and core technology provider for LiDAR sensors for SAE … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Modeling, Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Education, Research, Sensors, SLAM | Leave a comment

Fully Autonomous Vehicles Many Years Away

Earlier this year Ford invested $1 billion in startup firm Argo AI. Based in Pittsburgh, the idea is to help Ford it in its quest to launch the company’s first autonomous car by 2021. It seems like I am seeing … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer | Leave a comment

GM Acquires Lidar Company

General Motors Co recently announced it acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe, Inc. As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent joins GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop next-generation LIDAR solutions for self-driving vehicles. “Strobe’s LIDAR technology will significantly … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer | Leave a comment

Velodyne Quadruples Production

While many of the autonomous vehicle, lidar start-ups are still in the R&D stage Velodyne is delivering on its promise to significantly ramp up production of their proven lidar sensor technology. “Velodyne leads the market in real-time 3D LiDAR systems … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Sensors | Leave a comment

Waymo Seeking $1 Billion

Here’s the latest update on the Waymo vs. Uber lidar lawsuit as reported by Joe Mullin: The lawsuit began in February, when Waymo accused Anthony Levandowski, the chief of Uber’s self-driving car project, of stealing more than 14,000 files shortly … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer, Software | Leave a comment

Self-driving Lidar Wheelchair

Add this to the list of autonomous vehicles – the self-driving wheelchair. It can be summoned with a smart app. The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, or SMART, developed and deployed the first unit at Singapore’s Changi General Hospital … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer, SLAM | Leave a comment

Lidar-guided Robotic Fridge

Imagine walking into your boss’s office to explain that you have a great new idea for a cutting edge, consumer electronics product. When he asks what is you tell him it’s a lidar-guided, robotic refrigerator that can be summoned to … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer | Leave a comment

Velodyne Ramps Up Production

With the idea of becoming the leading lidar sensor supplier to the self driving car market Velodyne is investing in a factory that can produce not thousands, but millions of sensors next year. Think of it as a megafactory that … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer, Sensors, The Industry | Leave a comment

One Year Anniversary for Driverless Bus

Results are in from a year of testing of a self driving bus that did include a driver who could take control if necessary. The test was conducted in South Perth, Australia and was combined with an online survey. French … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomous vehicles, Consumer | Leave a comment