Technology news items that caught our attention this week: Waymo to launch robo-taxis in Europe: Link Phoenix AZ as petri dish for autonomous driving: Link Kroger is launching a fully driverless delivery service: Link In the “Service, Maintenance, Repair” category: the US Army is using machine learning to predict when combat vehicles need repair: Link … Continue reading Technology News from the Week: June 25th 2018
What Is A LiDAR System? Light Detection And Ranging ("LiDAR") sensors are detection and survey systems to estimate the proximity of a target object. LiDAR sensor systems consist of four primary elements: 1.) Lasers 2.) Scanners 3.) Photodetector receivers 4.) GPS navigation systems. LiDAR systems enable autonomous vehicles (or robots), to observe the world with: a.) Continuous 360 … Continue reading Meet Luminar Technologies – the LiDAR Company Powering Toyota’s Autonomous Vehicle ProgramPremium
Cadillac's "BookbyCadillac" premium automobile subscription service (we refer to as AaaS), sits comfortably between the traditional car ownership model and the pure rideshare model (Uber, Lyft, Waymo). Priced at $1,500/month (plus $500 initiation fee), we don't believe that Cadillac's bundled subscription service is a good value - flexibility and convenience come at a price. Listen … Continue reading Automobiles as a Service (AaaS); Uber Completes Tender Offer
Alphabet's Waymo unit is working with insurance startup Trov to insure Waymo's autonomous vehicles. Read the Wall Street Journal article.
A bit of Simulation Theory, 1984, Minority Report and The Matrix. While autonomous vehicle technology is real - don't believe the hype: Ep. 88: Autonomous Vehicles - Real Technology with A Dash of Hype:
Waymo is comfortably ahead of other autonomous OEMs in terms of self-driven vehicle miles traveled. Read more HERE.
CEORater Podcast Ep. 64: Waymo Extends Lead In Autonomous Vehicle Segment: From the Wall Street Journal: "Autonomous cars may not need a driver, but they still need a good mechanic. Waymo LLC, the driverless-car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. has signed up AutoNation Inc. to service robovans that are being tested in Arizona and … Continue reading Waymo Enlists AutoNation to Service Some of Its Robovans
Uber's corporate governance - or lackthereof - is a hurdle in consumating a deal with Softbank. We are not fans of entrenched founders and out-sized voting stakes.
It would seem to us that Alphabet (tkr: GOOG) has a greater probability of bringing a functioning autonomous ride-hailing service to market at scale via its Waymo unit more quickly than Uber or Lyft given the strength of Alphabet's balance sheet. We cover Uber - although primarily from a corporate governance standpoint - in … Continue reading Uber Killer? Waymo & Autonomous Ride-Hailing
WSJ article: Toyota’s Talking Car Wants to Be Your Clingy BFF Embedded voice-based intelligence/AI within the automobile - one more reason for Apple, Amazon, Google/Alphabet and Microsoft to insert/expand their footprint within the auto sector. Vehicles are feature-rich and lend themselves well to voice-based commands/ AIs. Each of Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft could readily … Continue reading The Auto Sector is as Fluid as Any. Who Will Dominate in an Autonomous, AI-Driven World?