European startups try to develop driverless cars in streets built for horses

European startups try to develop driverless cars in streets built for horses:

LiDAR struggles in rain, fog or snow, so European and Brit developers put more emphasis on visual techniques for perception. 

Wayve, an AV company based in the university city of Cambridge, claim LiDAR is not unnecessary.

He comments about Waymo and Cruise having spent ten years in Phoenix, Arizona and can barely get out of there – “So how can they come to Europe?“ said Shah.

FiveAI started road tests in the London boroughs of Bromley and Croydon this year and hopes to launch passenger trials in 2020. Its long-term objective is to operate an autonomous vehicle fleet to complement public transport.

Oxbotica’s Newman and Boland argue that lidar has a role to play — alongside other sensors and cameras — 

Arthur Kipferler, partner at automotive consultancy Berylls Strategy Advisors, talks about Autonomy Winter – it taking much longer to develop a self diving car, and requiring much more resources.

For European start-ups, wariness on the part of investors about promises of one-size-fits-all autonomy could be an opportunity to sell their message.

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