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Newsletter #55 - September 2020

Ubimobility: France’s Best Mobility Startups Pitching U.S.09/14/2020:  Read more

Startups making pitches to OEMs and suppliers are touting creative and highly relevant mobility technologies. Believe it or not, innovative mobility technologies are not all developed in Silicon Valley, China and Israel’s Silicon Wadi. France has a community of startups that rival the world’s best in autonomous and connected-vehicle tech.(...) 

US agency posts online map to track autonomous vehicle tests09/02/2020:  Read more

If you’ve ever seen one of those self-driving vehicles with strange equipment on the roof and wondered where it’s going, then there’s a website for you. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday launched its autonomous vehicle online tracking tool, a map that shows some of the places where the vehicles are being tested on public roads.(...) 

Detroit’s Ibeo Develops Automotive Photon Laser Sensor  09/14/2020:  Read more

Ibeo Automotive Systems, a LiDAR sensor specialist based in Germany that has a U.S. subsidiary in Detroit, has developed a new type of photon laser measurement technology sensor that is suitable for driver assistance systems and automated driving. The sensor can process more than 1 million distance values per second.(...)

Experts Stress Public Trust in AV Tech as E-Commerce Rises  09/11/2020:  Read more
As the coronavirus pandemic prompts people to shop from their homes and rely on contactless delivery services, gaining public trust in automated vehicle technology remains essential, experts said. Matthew Lipka, head of policy at robotics company Nuro, said gaining public trust, particularly through use of AV systems, is vital.(...)

Yandex Self Driving Group Gets $150 Million, Will Bring Autonomous Vehicles To U.S.
09/05/2020:  Read more
On paper, a lot is happening with Yandex's self-driving vehicles. Yandex NV YNDX +1.4%, a Russian multinational company that specializes in Internet-related products and services and sometimes called the Google GOOGL -0.6% of Russia, will spin-off its autonomous vehicle business and form a new company - Yandex Self Driving Group B.V. (or Yandex SDG) with Uber UB.(...) 

Cruise’s AI enables driverless vehicles to navigate uncommon scenarios
09/10/2020:  Read more
Driverless startup Cruise today detailed a homegrown tool — the Continuous Learning Machine — that tackles on-the-road prediction tasks. Cruise claims the Continuous Learning Machine, which automatically labels and mines training data, allows some of the AI models guiding Cruise’s self-driving cars to predict things.(...) 

Training data-hungry AI algorithms09/08/2020:  Read more

Large-scale data refinement is key to bringing more sophisticated automated-driving functions to series production.Training the algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based systems for autonomous or highly automated driving requires enormous volumes of data to be captured and processed. (...) 

Nvida Wins CPU Arms Race with $40 Billion Acquisition  09/13/2020:  Read more
As acquisitions go, this one is a doozy. California-based graphic processor specialist Nvidia has agreed to purchase British software giant Arm from Japan’s SoftBank for about $40 billion. The blockbuster deal will team Nvidia’s AI computing platform with Arm’s high-volume processing units. Combined applications will support everything from smartphones, robots and supercomputers to video games and self-driving cars..(...)

DuckieNet lets developers test autonomous vehicle systems using toy cars  09/10/2020:  Read more
Robotics research has a reproducibility problem, owing in part to robots’ myriad interacting components. These components tend to be complex, only partially observable, and trained with AI techniques where performance varies greatly across environments.(...)

Lean Sensing – A Critical Enabler For Autonomous Vehicles 09/04/2020:  Read more

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are progressing at a rapid pace, notwithstanding Covid-19 constraints. The past 2 months have experienced significant corporate events. These include Amazon’s acquisition of Zoox, Volkswagen’s investments in Argo, Yandex plans to spin-out its AV joint venture with Uber, and LiDAR unicorns (LUnicorns) Velodyne and Luminar announcing plans to go public at multibillion-dollar valuations (...) 

Autonomous vehicles could improve policing, public safety, and much more  08/25/2020:  Read more
In a world of autonomous vehicles, much of the nation’s policing that is devoted to enforcing traffic safety laws, and the sometimes fatal altercations that result, would not exist. Policymakers should be motivated by this benefit, among many others, to expedite adoption of these vehicles.. (...)

Waymo Self-Driving Trucks Hit Texas08/26/2020:  Read more
“On Tuesday, Alphabet’s self-driving car division said it’s officially ready to deploy its autonomous trucks in the Lone Star state,” CNET reports. Waymo Chrysler Pacifica minivans have been driving the streets of Texas obsessively in recent months to map everything out in as much detail as possible, and now Waymo is confident enough with what it has to let the trucks loose.(...)

Torc Robotics to establish self-driving truck testing center in New Mexico09/08/2020:  Read more
Torc Robotics and Daimler Trucks will expand their joint self-driving truck on-road testing to New Mexico this month and establish a test center in the Albuquerque area, the companies announced.(...)

Three major trucking companies subscribe to self-driving truck service - 09/02/2020:  Read more

An automated truck technology provider announced partnerships with three large trucking companies to deploy self-driving truck technology on U.S. roadways. On Tuesday, San Francisco-based self-driving truck tech company “Ike” announced that three major U.S. trucking companies had entered into their “Powered by Ike” customer program — Ryder System, Inc., DHL, and NFI. (...)

Detroit Regional Partnership and Business France: 
Join us for a virtual event on Mobility in Michigan and the pitches of the 6th cohort of French Ubimobility startups in autonomous and connected technologies. Register here

When: September 30th from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EST.  
How: to register, please click on the link in the invitation below

Agenda:

8:30 - 8:35am: Welcoming remarks
8:35 - 8:45am: Overview of Michigan’s Mobility Ecosystem 
8:45 - 9:05am: Overview of trends in autonomous and connected mobility
9:05 - 9:55am: Panel session with the 7 French startups: 

/•    EpicNpoc /•    Lextan /•    iXBlue /•    Heex /•    iRider /•    Stampyt /•   Kipsum
9:55 - 10am: Closing Remarks
 

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES TECHNOLOGY
OCT 27-29, 2020 –NOVI, MI
, USA
 
– Register
Are you in search of leading-edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2020. (...)

NAVYA - Self-driving shuttle service launched to transport senior citizens and underserved to Detroit Hospital- 08/19/2020:  Read more

DETROIT, Michigan – In a Detroit first, a self-driving, accessible, paratransit shuttle is being deployed to transport senior citizens and the underserved to and from appointments and other needs at a local hospital. The deployment – a partnership between Navya, NextEnergy, Bestmile, Flagstar Bank, IXR Mobility, and AARP. (...)

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