Automakers, ride-hailing and technology companies plowing money into the development of electric, self-driving and shared car services will find more enthusiastic consumers in China than in Europe and the United States, a survey on Thursday showed. Consumers in some Western countries appear unconvinced as automakers overhaul their factories and supply chains to produce pricey electric cars and invest billions to develop self-driving technology, the survey by OC&C Strategy Consultants showed. While more than 90% of Chinese residents said they would consider, were likely to or definitely would buy an electric car, only about half of the surveyed consumers in the United States were eyeing an electric car as their next purchase. In Europe, between 64% and 77% of respondents said the same. The research comes as the global auto industry is undergoing drastic changes with a downturn in sales, pressure to meet ambitious emissions targets and challenges in deploying fully self-driving … [Read more...] about Western, Chinese consumers divided on electric, self-driving cars: Report
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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
At a time when Google is facing critical questions about privacy, China, the way it treats its employees and the integration and consolidation of its acquired brands such as Nest, its co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin have decided it's time to step aside from the day-to-day management of Google's parent company Alphabet. The destiny of the company -- and all of its thorny challenges -- are being handed over to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who now also takes the wheel as Alphabet's chief executive. Let's not forget that what also hangs over Google's future is the spectre of the US federal government taking a stronger hand in the regulation of technology companies in the years ahead. Page and Brin likely see a future that's a lot less fun, freewheeling and creative -- but demands more discipline, corporate governance and bureaucracy. As CNET's Rich Nieva reported, there's fear from the rank-and-file that this will also be the death of Google's famous "open culture".So what does it … [Read more...] about What Sundar Pichai taking over the Google universe means for search, Android and Nest
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
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