Each bus is equipped with an array of sensors including LiDAR and stereo cameras as well as a sophisticated navigation system (GPS + IMU)
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Waymo drove over 10M autonomous miles in October 2018 and has several hundred riders enrolled in its self-driving car service in suburban Phoenix.
Apollo site lists 130 partners including Volvo, VW, Daimler, Hyundai, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Intel, and Nvidia. Apollo outlines their progress on the following roadmap. Apollo reached urban road autonomous driving in Jan. 2019 and expects to achieve Level 4 autonomy in 2021.
Expectation is to have a fleet of 100 autonomous taxis operating in China in 2019 and Baidu has also built a fleet of 100 self-driving buses in China via its partnership with King Long.
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SLAM: The purpose-built chip at 80 frames per second while consuming only 240mW. The chip was made up of three key parts. One was a convolutional neural network that picked out features to use as landmarks from images as they streamed in. Another was an accelerator that matched the landmarks from frame to frame. The third refined the robot’s trajectory over multiple frames. Tested on a standard automotive 1-kilometer drive recording, it was 97.9% accurate.
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The company raised $82 million to date from investors include Delphi Automotive, Samsung Catalyst, Naver Corporation, and SoftBank Ventures Korea
Rumors say valuation is ~$500M
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