I recently had the chance to interview Cron AI co-founder and CEO Tushar Chhabra and Omer Keilaf, CEO and co-founder of Innoviz Technologies. On June 8, 2021 they announced that they would be working together to deliver lidar based adaptive software for smart cities and more. The partnership will leverage the lidar sensor technology of publicly traded Innoviz with the perception software expertise of Cron AI.
Innoviz is based in Israel. They are backed by Softbank Ventures and Samsung, among others. Innoviz has been selected by BMW for their fully autonomous car program. Cron AI is based in the UK with an office in India and is focused on developing 3D data perception software for machines to perceive and learn unknown environments using edge computing.
Cron needed very dense lidar point cloud data with a high refresh rate to provide the real time 3D information for their intelligent transport, smart spaces and security applications. Innoviz was able to provide this with the InnovizOne and soon the InnovizTwo which they are jointly developing.
Cron is making use of edge computing to develop deep learning enabled perception software for intelligent transport systems and other smart city applications.
Regarding pricing for the technology as one would guess the demand for the units will determine the level of manufacturing that can be supported.
When asked about the likely widespread use of autonomous vehicles Omer sees robotaxis and trucks making extensive use of lidar by 2025, but there are many other markets that the partnership can pursue such as smart cities and the Internet of Things.
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