This Robot Will Make Any Car a Self-Driving Car
It doesn't look like much yet, but this highly adaptable robot is being developed to perform all the functions of driving a vehicle. Israeli startup IVObility is developing a robot that can sit in the driver's seat of an ordinary vehicle and be the driver. The robot does not require the vehicle to have special drive-by-wire equipment, because it has its own sensors and cameras that "see" what a driver sees. The robot will launch in 2020, at first for government and commercial applications that don't run on public roads; a consumer-market version is being considered.
Apple is potentially seeking to acquire Silicon Valley autonomous driving startup Drive . ai , according to a new report from The Information. Drive . ai got its start in 2016, founded by a crack team of graduates from Stanford’s AI lab. It focused originally on building out not only the functional autonomy
Apple is in the process of acquiring self - driving vehicle startup Drive . ai in order to boost its own development of a self - driving vehicle system The acquisition could reportedly result in dozens of Drive . ai engineers ending up at Apple , where they would likely work on autonomous driving systems.
Apple has reportedly acquired autonomous driving startup Drive.ai in an effort to bolster its self-driving car ambitions. The iPhone maker has hired dozens of Drive.ai's engineers and taken possession of the company's cars and other acquisitions as part of the deal, reported Tuesday.
The startup -- once valued at more than $200 million -- shut down its operations in mid-June, according to a California regulatory filing (). Axios said Apple confirmed the acquisition, but the site didn't report terms of the deal.
Sequoia leads $40M investment in mobile messaging startup Attentive
Attentive, a startup helping retailers personalize their mobile messages, is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding. The startup was founded by Brian Long and Andrew Jones, who sold their previous startup TapCommerce to Twitter. When they announced Attentive's $13 million Series A last year, Long told me the startup is all about helping retailers find better ways to communicate with customers, particularly as it's harder for their individual apps to stand out.
Drive . ai has operated in Texas since 2018 after starting up as a team of graduates from Stanford. Most recently, the company expanded its presence Apple has largely kept its plans for self - driving cars and other car technology under wraps as rivals like Alphabet’s Waymo and Uber have begun
Apple is reportedly mulling a purchase of self - driving car startup Drive . ai in an ‘acqui-hire’ deal to grab its talent. Drive . ai is full of skilled personnel after being founded in 2016 Acquiring talent from Drive . ai is a surefire way of boosting Apple ’s in-house expertise in applying machine learning to cars.
The deal suggests that Apple hasn't abandoned its Project Titan self-driving car program. Apple reportedly from the secretive program in January.
The Mountain View, California-based company launched in 2015, developing a retrofit kit to add autonomous driving systems to existing cars.
Last July, Drive.ai in Frisco, Texas. The free program relied on Drive.ai's new app, which allowed its users to hail a ride in one of Drive.ai's self-driving .
Drive.ai's vans were a little different than the ones withlivery, including box-shaped outcroppings on each side that let people around the vehicle know what's going on, whether it's idling at a crosswalk as someone passes or parked on the side of the road waiting on a customer.
Drive.ai engineered its pilot program with the help of Frisco's local transit authority, spending a great deal of time preparing the cars themselves. The company spent four months traveling every inch of its geo-fenced route, including parking lots.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Daily Crunch: Apple plans Pro iPhones.
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you'd like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Here come the leaks around Apple's fall hardware event (rumored to be scheduled for September 10). According to Bloomberg, we'll get new iPhones — including a new Pro model that replaces the XS line and adds a third, wider angle rear camera. Beyond 2019, Apple also reportedly has plans for iPhones that support 5G in the next year, plus a more affordable HomePod. 2.