DeepMap Deeply Honored for AI
DeepMap announced it has been named to the Forbes AI 50, a list of the top private companies using artificial intelligence to transform industries. DeepMap develops scalable, high-integrity mapping solutions for autonomous driving.
Seegrid Hires Remote Workers
-Seegrid, the leader in self-driving industrial vehicles for material handling, t shared its plans to increase its workforce with a robust recruiting initiative, moving to a remote-first hiring model while still retaining its headquarters and operational facilities in Findlay Township of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As part of the initiative, the company has a key focus on growing engineering, product development, and user experience teams to meet demand and accelerate new product introductions.
To date, Seegrid is composed of more than 200 employees across customer success, engineering, finance and administration, marketing, product management, support, sales, and training areas. The company seeks to add to many of these groups, finding and hiring diverse individuals who are passionate about delivering safe and superior material handling solutions, including self-driving industrial vehicles which navigate using Seegrid’s proprietary vision technology as well as fleet management software.
In response to COVID-19 restrictions, approximately 80% of Seegrid’s workforce transitioned to a work-from-home model, with the remaining employees working safely to manufacture and test their mobile robots inside their facilities in support of essential businesses. This change was initiated by the government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines, but the company found that employees embraced the transition, pivoting seamlessly while retaining a positive and productive work culture.
Due to the successful transition, the company is continuing with a remote-first working arrangement in their expansion efforts, making work from home not just possible, but a perk, as employees report high levels of job satisfaction while being able to effectively perform their jobs remotely. As a result, the company is offering the option to work in an office or remotely for the vast majority of career opportunities as a benefit that can extend beyond the pandemic.
TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, announced the launch of the world’s first Autonomous Freight Network (AFN), an ecosystem consisting of autonomous trucks, digital mapped routes, strategically placed terminals, and TuSimple Connect, a proprietary autonomous operations monitoring system. Collectively these components work together to create the safest and most efficient way to bring self-driving trucks to market. Partnering with TuSimple in the launch of the Autonomous Freight Network are UPS, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Xpress, who operates one of the largest carrier fleets in the country, and McLane, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States.
The Autonomous Freight Network will roll-out in three phrases, and lays the groundwork for self-driving autonomous trucks to become commercially available by 2024:
- Phase I (2020-21) will offer service between the cities of Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
- Phase II (2022-23) will expand AFN service from Los Angeles to Jacksonville and connect the east coast with the west.
- Phase III (2023-24) will expand driverless operations nationwide adding major shipping routes throughout the lower 48 states allowing customers to utilize their own TuSimple equipped autonomous trucks on the AFN by 2024.
The company will replicate the strategy in Europe and Asia after the AFN rolls out nationwide.
U.S. Xpress with a fleet size of 7,000 operating across the country, will provide additional lanes to aid TuSimple’s L4 technology learning. With access to more lanes, TuSimple can advance its understanding of and refine its responses on the road, making it safer for professional truck drivers and those they share the highways with.
Foresight Gets Two Orders
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today that it has received two orders for product development and customization from Elbit Systems Land Ltd., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT), the leading Israeli defense company. Elbit Systems is Foresight’s first commercial customer. Foresight will supply a QuadSight prototype system with wide-angle field-of-view detection capabilities designed to meet Elbit’s requirements. Revenue from both orders is expected to total tens of thousands of dollars.
Elbit placed the orders for product development and customization following thorough testing and evaluation of a QuadSight prototype system. Foresight’s ability to make technological modifications to its system according to customer requirements allows the Company to provide tailor-made solutions that may be suitable for different markets. These orders are part of the commercial agreement that was signed with Elbit Systems, as reported by the Company on June 19th, 2019.
The modified version of the QuadSight prototype including wide-angle field-of-view detection capabilities enhances on-road and off-road driving and enables the system to scan wider areas and detect more objects in the road ahead. These capabilities allow the decision-making system of the autonomous vehicle to make more accurate real-time decisions. This technological modification of the QuadSight prototype may also address the needs of different market segments, such as heavy-equipment vehicles, trucks and passenger cars.
“These orders mark a significant commercial milestone in both our business roadmap and relationship with our partner Elbit Systems. Entering a product development phase that includes customization of our unique vision system for potential end customers marks the next step in our collaboration with Elbit Systems and will allow us to expand our presence in the defense market,” said Foresight’s CEO Haim Siboni.
GreenPower EV Star Shuttle with Fast Charging
GreenPower Motor Company a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero emissions electric powered vehicles serving the delivery and cargo, micro-transit, private transportation and school bus markets, announced today the development of the first fully autonomous EV Star shuttle for testing for transit applications. Perrone Robotics (PRI) is currently integrating the autonomous components and, once complete, will deliver the vehicle to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA).
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is currently developing autonomous vehicle solutions for Jacksonville and has been working with AV technology since 2017. JTA has hired a former Amazon executive to lead their automation team and have created the minimum specifications for autonomous vehicles, the “Golden 20”; GreenPower’s EV Star has met 19 of the 20, the most of any bus reviewed by JTA. In addition to developing a public transportation network in downtown Jacksonville, the JTA is working with local colleges, medical campuses and other partners to further validate and gain acceptance for this technology. The fully autonomous EV Star is expected to enter service later this year.
GreenPower continues to leverage its flagship EV Star Platform with four distinct models serving the cargo delivery, paratransit, private shuttle, and micro transit markets. The EV Star is the only bus in its class that comes with a standard J1772 level 2 fast charging and CCS DC fast combo charge system, allowing for optimal flexibility in route planning for any duty cycle.
GreenPower continues to leverage its flagship EV Star Platform with four distinct models serving the cargo delivery, paratransit, private shuttle, and micro transit markets. The EV Star is the only bus in its class that comes with a standard J1772 level 2 fast charging and CCS DC fast combo charge system, allowing for optimal flexibility in