In this blog post, we take a look at the latest happenings around autonomous cars.

Waymo, A Google Company, Buys AI Firm, Latent Logic

Waymo makes its presence felt in the UK with the acquisition of Oxford artificial intelligence company, Latent Logic, for an undisclosed amount. The UK is a world leader in AI research, including autonomous vehicles, and Waymo plans to build a second pool of AI talent outside the US. To read more, click here.

Qualcomm Plans to Power All Self-Driving Car Tech

Ahead of CES 2020, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon Ride platform, which Qualcomm believes to be the autonomous driving platform of the future. Qualcomm also said that the entire system would be air-cooled, as opposed to the current liquid cooling system. To read more, click here.

Low-Cost Lidar Technology from Bosch

Bosch is set to unveil an internally-developed lidar sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, with the aim of lowering the cost of technology that could speed the development of self-driving vehicles. Lidar technology, which uses light-based sensors to generate a three-dimensional view of the road, is currently too expensive for mass-market use and Bosch will try to put behind that obstacle with its own low-cost lidar. To read more, click here.

Nvidia Teases Pretrained Libraries for Autonomous Cars

Nvidia has plans for automakers to adopt its single unified architecture which will go together with its pretrained libraries of deep neural network data. Automakers could adopt the pretrained models and use them in their own local areas to get improved results for autonomous vehicles. They could then share the retrained model with Nvidia to use across the globe, without sharing the local data (for example, China or other regions where data isn’t supposed to cross country lines). To read more, click here.

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