Autonomous Vehicles

Merantix: Incubating AI Ideas Into AI Startups

We’ve been researching and writing about disruptive technologies for over a decade now, and every day our inbox fills up with all kinds of emails. While most inquiries come from PR firms and link whores, the remainder runs the gamut: from Catherine in Texas who wants us to help her rent a car, to the schizophrenics […]

Some Companies Working on Autonomous Boats

If you’ve ever taken a cruise, you know that it’s nothing like The Love Boat, a TV series from the 1970s and 1980s where people with bad hair hook up and get sunburned while sipping overpriced cocktails. OK, maybe the show was exactly like going on a real cruise. (We always thought it was amazing […]

6 New Perception Systems for AI Self-Driving Cars

We recently caught an indie film called At Eternity’s Gate about the artist and ear fetishist Vincent van Gogh. The painter suffered from mental illness, and the movie attempted to capture his brilliant but mad vision through various camera tricks that were intended to mimic van Gogh’s own impressionistic aesthetic. It made us a little […]

Teaching AI Self-Driving Cars to Drive Using Simulations

Back in September, one of the world’s most brilliant, ballsy, and just downright crazy billionaires, Elon Musk, said that our current reality is most likely a simulation created by a much more advanced civilization. Of course, that was the same talk show on which we later learned that Musk had ripped on a fat blunt, so […]

Autonomous Tractors and Self-Driving Farm Equipment

Listening to people talk in ‘Murica these days, and you’d think they lived back in the stone ages. Everyone’s somehow been wronged, everyone’s oppressed by someone else, life’s unfair, opportunity only exists for those who are willing to work hard, the Gini coefficient is out of whack (look it up), the country is polarized to an […]

5 Startups Doing HD Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles

Not all those who wander are lost. You’ve probably seen that cliché on countless T-shirts and bumper stickers, mostly from people who need new credit because they couldn’t find their way to a real job after majoring in postmodern deconstructionist design theory. While some great adventures can be had – when you accidentally stumble into […]

8 Delivery Robot Startups for Last Mile Delivery

A couple of years ago, we told you about two companies that had developed what could be best described as Star Wars droid couriers. It seemed pretty niche at the time. Now we learn that there are more than a half-dozen startups offering delivery robot services, which seems to be part of a larger trend […]

10 Most Funded Self-Driving Startups in 2017

While waiting on the rooftop of the Chrysler Building for our autonomous flying taxi to arrive, we realized a couple of things. First, there’s no rooftop on the Chrysler Building. Second, we’ll probably be waiting for a while. The arrival of autonomous vehicles—flying or otherwise—seems like it should be just around the corner. The reality […]

Top 8 Chinese Self-driving Electric Vehicle Startups

One could be forgiven for thinking that Tesla is the only company in existence building autonomous, or self-driving, electric vehicles. The Elon Musk hype machine, fueled by the fanboys at Futurism and other tech sites, has been in overdrive lately. Now, if the billionaire tells us his secret to regrowing hair, then we might jump […]

Zendrive Tackles Distractions While Driving

In a recent article we talked about how valuable autonomous driving data is, especially when it’s accompanied by things like the driver’s actual reaction to an event as it happens. We threw out some pretty interesting facts about how many collisions are caused by distracted driving. And we’re not just talking about texting while driving. […]