From NAVYA’s deployment on UK roads to Xiaomi automating electric cars, a lot has happened last week.  
NAVYA (FR0013018041- Navya), announces its first deployment on public roads in the UK at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, a leading innovation center. NAVYA’s shuttle will transport employees and visitors 24/7 around this UK science and technology hub. Located in Oxfordshire, England.
Alphabet’s Waymo to stop selling lidar self-driving car sensors. Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit Waymo said on Thursday that it has ended a two-year effort to sell light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors to other companies. This is a reversal from its earlier strategy to sell the lidars to non-automotive customers to bring down costs of a key and expensive component of self-driving cars.
Regulations on self-driving cars are to be introduced for the first time to the Oireachtas this autumn, but ordinary drivers will be waiting a while before they can use such technology to its full extent. Currently, the law in Ireland does not allow for any form of autonomous driving on Irish roads, but the forthcoming Road Traffic Bill will create a framework to allow for the testing of self-driving cars on Irish roads.
Gatik Joins the Driverless Self-Driving Car Club. Gatik, which hauls cargo for Walmart, Loblaws and a handful of other massive retailers, told me it made the switch recently on a few of its routes in Arkansas, putting it on a very, very short list of human-free transportation companies. Gatik engineers and algorithms laboriously study a route for weeks before letting the robots steer and are able to program specifically for certain sticky points. ”
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. and MOV.AI announced the companies are collaborating to provide robot manufacturers with enterprise-grade automation solutions, including mapping, obstacle avoidance and risk avoidance. The MOV.AI provides AMR manufacturers and automation integrators with the enterprise-grade tools they need for advanced automation.
Yandex purchases Uber’s stake in delivery and self-driving businesses. Yandex has announced that it will buy out Uber in some of the joint ventures the two giants share, including its food and grocery delivery services, in a $1 billion deal. Yandex will also get an extension of the current license for the exclusive right to use the Uber brand in Russia and certain other countries until August 2030.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) public this Tuesday a patent from Apple, on an advanced display system of an autonomous car that would allow to show information to the other actors of the road traffic about the next maneuvers of that vehicle. The document, titled ‘Alert system and outdoor lighting‘, details that this technology is based on screens located in the front and rear of the car.
Beijing takes aim at algorithms, Xiaomi automates electric cars. Beijing’s ongoing effort to dampen the influence of the country’s tech giants. Regulators are now going after the exploitative use of algorithm-powered user recommendations. Xiaomi is acquiring an autonomous vehicle startup called Deepmotion, and ByteDance is said to be buying virtual reality hardware startup Pico.
Jasmeen Gill
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