In the world of autonomous driving, there exists a layer between the operating system running on the car and the algorithms that make the car truly autonomous. A number of companies use ROS, an open-source middleware for robotics, for prototyping, but you can’t do driverless with it. This is where mobility startup Renovo‘s AWare OS, which is custom-built middleware specifically designed for Level 4 autonomous driving, comes in. As Voyage founder Oliver Cameron described to me, its software and hardware redundancies can ensure a level of safety that ROS can’t match. After being introduced to Renovo, Cameron said he soon realized the value Renovo can offer from the operating system and computer perspective. “That’s where we saw a ton of value in Renovo, so we ditched our efforts internally and made this switch,” Cameron said. Cameron envisions this being a long-term partnership with Renovo, which “takes a way a whole bunch of burden from us to … [Read more...] about Voyage teams up with Renovo for self-driving car operating system
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Apex.AI is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail. Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, Apex.AI develops operating systems for various types of autonomous mobility platforms. Today, Apex.AI is also announcing a $15.5 million Series A round led by Canaan with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, which invested in Apex.AI’s seed round. Apex.AI’s software stack is designed to easily integrate into existing systems and serve as the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System, an open-source software middleware for robotics. “Most companies have expertise building consumer applications, but not a lot of expertise, resources or people to work on safety-critical processes,” Becker told TechCrunch. “So we built a framework that allows developers that are not experienced building safe and secure systems to do … [Read more...] about Apex.AI raises $15.5 million for autonomous-vehicle software
Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg Slack, the workplace-chat app that haunts your life if you work in certain deskbound industries and is likely unknown to you if you don’t, went public on the New York Stock Exchange early Thursday afternoon. The stock — given the ticker symbol WORK, har har — opened trading at $38.50 a share before climbing as high as $42. This would give the company a valuation in the $21 billion range — higher than that of Lyft (to name another 2019 tech-industry public offering), and triple what investors valued Slack at as recently as last August. All in all, a very exciting day for a very boring company. By “boring” I don’t mean that the Slack app itself is boring (nothing that contains as much gossip, shit talk, and potential for embarrassment as the Slack app does could be boring), but that the way Slack works as a company is a boring: It sells a valuable service directly to other companies, for money. … [Read more...] about Slack Is a Boring Company. That’s Why Going Public Was So Exciting.
By Gerrit De Vynck If you want to know how Alphabet Inc.’s new Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will run the company you don’t need to look very far -- he’s essentially been doing it for several years already. Pichai, a 47-year-old engineer, grew up in India and immigrated to the U.S. to attend graduate school. His resume reads like the typical Silicon Valley operator: a Master’s degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a stint as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He joined Google in 2004 and started amassing responsibility for some of Google’s most popular products, including Gmail, the Chrome browser and Android. Former employees often describe him as a collaborative and loyal colleague. He even turned down a big new grant of stock in 2018 because he felt he was already paid generously, according to a person familiar with the matter. When Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin … [Read more...] about How will Sundar Pichai run Alphabet? The clues lie hidden in plain sight
With a collective gasp and puzzled looks, the world was recently introduced to Tesla's newest vehicle. The so-called Cybertruck is an angular, stainless steel, all-electric pickup truck that quickly became polarizing.The launch didn't go very smoothly. The truck's windows shattered when its lead designer smashed them with a metal ball, causing Tesla founder Elon Musk to curse under his breath.Some love its futuristic look. Others hate it.Even Lego made fun of it.The evolution of the truck is here. Guaranteed shatterproof 😬 pic.twitter.com/RocTEkzzwINovember 27, 2019Regardless, pre-orders for the Cybertruck approached 250,000 within a week. Such an explosion of interest with no advertising, and an arguably disastrous grand opening event, is probably unprecedented.On a global scale, it's clear that electric vehicles — known colloquially as EVs —have reached a new level of public acceptance. As of 2018, more than five million EVs were sold around the world. Canadians … [Read more...] about Love It or Hate It, Tesla Cybertruck Is Revolutionary