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Devin Coldewey

Nexar’s Live Map is like Street View with pictures from 5 minutes ago

By | Artificial Intelligence, dashcams, Gadgets, Hardware, Maps, Nexar, privacy, TC, Transportation

We all rely on maps to get where we’re going or investigate a neighborhood for potential brunch places, but the data we’re looking at is often old, vague, or both. Nexar, maker of dashcam apps and cameras, aims to put fresh and specific data on your map with images from the street taken only minutes before.

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Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and new Iris lidar platform

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Funding, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Luminar, Robotics, self-driving cars, Transportation

Luminar is one of the major players in the new crop of lidar companies that have sprung up all over the world, and it’s moving fast to outpace its peers. Today the company announced a new $100M funding round, bringing its total raised to over $250M — as well as a perception platform and a new, compact lidar unit aimed at inclusion in actual cars. Big day!

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Watch a plane land itself truly autonomously for the first time

By | Artificial Intelligence, automated flight, autonomous flight, Autopilot, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, self-flying planes, TC, Transportation, TUM

A team of German researchers have created an automatic landing system for small aircraft that lets them touch down not only without a pilot, but without any of the tech on the ground that lets other planes do it. It could open up a new era of autonomous flight — and make ordinary landings safer to boot.

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