Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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69 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. In addition to Google's Waymo, with its years of testing in multiple states, other nonautomo- tive companies are getting into the industry. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone manu- facturer, wasn't the only nontraditional company that invested in autonomous vehicles this year. Wireless carrier Verizon invested in Renovo, an autonomous vehicle software startup. Verizon, which has years of expertise in con- nected vehicles and fleets, plans to become a ma- jor player in autonomous car operating system manufacturing. Verizon's investment in Renovo is part of a new $10 million funding round (total investment is $14.5 million through two rounds). Another big player, Intel, bought Israel- based Mobileye for $15.3 billion—shaking up the autonomous vehicle industry. An investment of that size signals that firms expect automated driving, in some shape, will be around for decades to come. The acquisition of Mobileye, which makes sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles, also sends a strong mes- sage to Intel's competitors, namely Qualcomm and Nvidia, that they see huge growth in this market segment. One industry veteran said the Intel-Mobileye deal is all about the data—and good maps. "The Mobileye acquisition is all about access to real-time data. More sensors from Mobileye equals more data, collected on more roads and turned into actionable information in near real-time is a key enabler for this emerging market," said Marc Prioleau, Mapbox strate- gic business development executive. "Intel is The Renesas' Lincoln MKZ demonstration car supports a new open platform for autonomous systems being developed by Renesas Electronics of Tokyo.

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