Self-driving vehicles (automotive)

Innovusion400x275Innovusion, which designs and develops image-grade lidar systems, has announced raising $64 million in Series B financing. The company said the funding will be used to increase the production capabilities of its automotive-grade lidars, support supply-chain partners for mass production capabilities, and further expand its research and development efforts around advanced lidar technologies.


IBM 2nm chip 400x275IBM has unveiled a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Semiconductors play critical roles in everything from computing, to appliances, to communication devices, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure.


ArgoFord400x275Pittsburgh-based Argo AI has introduced Argo Lidar, which it says overcomes limitations preventing most competitors from commercializing autonomous delivery and ride-hail services. The Argo Self-Driving System (SDS) is capable of 360-degree awareness day or night, and can safely drive on city streets, suburban neighborhoods, and now at highway speeds.


VueronScreen400x275Innoviz Technologies, which develops high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, is teaming up with Vueron Technology, which develops lidar perception software and autonomous driving technology. The cooperation will help build an autonomous driving platform for lidar-only self-driving vehicles, the companies said in a statement.


BENTELER People Mover400x275BENTELER has announced a special platform concept for a people mover in the minibus segment, which is also suitable for autonomous driving applications. The e-mobility solution is designed for minibuses in the 15 to 22 passenger range, and meets the demand for environmentally friendly mobility solutions.


WovenPlanet400x275Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, has agreed to acquire Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, one of the largest ride-hailing companies in the world. The acquisition marks the first major deal for the newly established Woven Planet. Lyft will receive approximately $550 million in cash, with $200 million paid upfront, and $350 million in payments over a five-year period.


UhnderPort400x275Austin, Texas-based Uhnder, which is developing digital imaging radar technologies for automotive and logistics applications, has teamed up with Yunshan Technologies to deliver a digital perception radar sensor solution for use in autonomous trucks operating in shipping ports. China Merchants Port (CMPort) is an early adopter and deploying digital perception radar in a fleet of autonomous trucks at its Mawan Smart Port in Shenzhen, China.

ZF ProAI 400x275At the Auto Shanghai 2021 event, ZF unveiled the next generation of its ZF ProAI, a flexible and scalable supercomputer aimed at applications from automated driving levels 2 through 5. The company said ZF ProAI will go into serial production by late 2024.

SamsungPixCell400x275Samsung Electronics has announced PixCell LED, a new automotive LED module optimized for intelligent headlights, including adaptive driving beam (ADB) systems. While aimed at automobiles with human drivers, the company said this will also be aimed at electric and autonomous vehicles. Headlights powered by the LEDs can help improve driver visibility and safety to enhance the driving experience at night and in poor weather conditions such as fog or heavy rain.

InnovizTwo400x275Innoviz Technologies, which develops high-performance solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has announced a 30x performance improvement for its InnovizTwo lidar sensor when compared to InnovizOne. The sensor, announced last year, also provides a 70% cost reduction, which Innoviz said will allow for its adoption by any type of vehicle. The company has shared the full updated specifications of InnovizTwo to establish the sensor’s “technological superiority and market leadership in the most transparent way.”

AnsysVelodyneSim400x275Velodyne and Ansys have announced they are developing software models of next-generation automotive lidar sensors in order to provide improved hazard identification capabilities for autonomous vehicles. The collaboration incorporates Velondyne’s lidar design into Ansys’ virtual sensor suite and expedites automakers’ integration of Velodyne’s sensor into AVs, delivering driving safety and a drastically faster path to market, the companies said in a statement.


DominosNuro Houston400x275Domino’s Pizza and Nuro have launched autonomous pizza delivery in Houston, the companies said in a statement. Starting this week, select customers in the Woodland Heights area who place a prepaid order through on certain days and times can choose to have their pizza delivered by the Nuro R2 robot.

OusterWaytous400x275Waytous, one of the leading unmanned mining solution providers in China, has announced selecting Ouster’s lidar sensors for its fleet of autonomous mining vehicles. The company’s self-developed “YUGONG” system has been deployed in multiple high-production open-pit mines.

EmbarkDevProgram400x.275Embark, which is developing autonomous technology for the trucking industry, has announced its Partner Development Program, which brings leading carriers together to work on improving speed and reliability for customers, as well as safety and work flexibility for professional truck drivers. Three companies have joined the program initially: Werner Enterprises, Mesilla Valley Transportation, and Bison Transport.

InsightLidar Gesture400x275Insight Lidar, which develops autonomous vehicle technologies, has announced that its Insight 1600 is the first lidar system with the combined high resolution and velocity detection to enable pedestrian gesture recognition. The new capability can be used by autonomous vehicle (AV) perception teams to quickly and accurately predict the actions of pedestrians.

Geosun ACEINNA400x275ACEINNA, which develops inertial-based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and automated machines, has announced that Geosun, a developer and manufacturer of lidar-based navigation systems for drones and remotely operated vehicles, has selected ACEINNA to supply the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors for the system.