Zoox has raised $200 million as part of Series C at the end of October according to Robotreport. We didn’t find an update in Zoox homepage. Zoo x is keeping quiet as usual.
In August 2018, Zoox raised $500 million. One month later, Zoox board fired their co-funder and CEO Kentley-Klay. Kentley-Klay confirmed the information in his tweet account. He said Zoox’s board fired him “without a warning, cause or right of reply. ” Bloomberg reported Kentley-klay’s leave via an unnamed source.  However, Zoox kept silent, neither replying a comment nor issuing a statement.
Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer and one of the founding members of Google’s self-driving car project known as Waymo, was charged with theft of trade secrets as working at Google, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The indictment was unsealed on Aug 26th, 2019.
Oryx Vision is a
leading LiDAR start-up company in Israel. In Aug 2017, they announced a $50
million Series B funding round, led by Third Point Ventures and WRV. However,
Oryx Vision CEO, Ram Wellingstein said, they decided to shut down their company
even they still have $40 million cash last week. Now their website also shuts down.
The high precision map is a must for L3 and above autopilots. OEM and map company are working together toward launching L3 autopilots car in 2020. High precision 3D map market is rapidly developing now since it is necessary for the realization of autonomous driving. Dynamic Map Platform Co., Ltd., (DMP), is a leading map company for automated driving in Japan.
Tesla held the “Tesla Autonomy Day” on 22nd Apr, and disclosed their fully new Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer. It has two FSD chips and achieves 144TOPS. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it’s the best chip in the world. They also plan to have a new chip which has 3 times the performance of existing FSD after 2 years.
Waymo is a leading company in autonomous cars. They develop its own hardware and software in house. They have highly integrated sensors developed by themselves, even like LiDAR. LiDAR is a core sensor which is regarded as an indispensable part in high-level autonomous driving.
Waymo has leaded
the autonomous driving competition in nearly 10 years. This competition has
more player than anytime, including traditional car manufacturers and leading
internet companies. On 6th Dec, Waymo passed the milestone that they announced their
new service, Waymo One in Arizona.
In September, Nuro.ai
released their safety report which described their robotic delivery vehicle
safety strategy. Nuro was funded by two ex-google engineers, Jiajun Zhu and
Dave Ferguson in 2016. They deeply involved in Google Driverless Car project,
On Sep 26th, ARM announced their new Cortex-A76AE core for automotive application, especially autonomous driving car. ARM doesn’t produce process directly. They sell IP cores with licensees to MCU, CPU and SoC manufactories. They also issue licensees to fabless companies who wish to integrate an ARM core into their designs. ARM core users include Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, ST Microelectronics and etc.
Waymo, a spin-out Google self-driving project, opened a subsidiary in Shanghai according to the information in China’s National Enterprise Information Publicity System. It was registered in Shanghai’s free trade zone with 3.5 million yuan. Its Chinese name is Huimo (慧摩), a similar pronunciation of its English name.