A Swedish transportation company that has created a semi truck without a cab, driver or engine, and is inspired by an automated guided vehicle in a Volvo Truck powertrain plant.
Vulog is a car sharing technology company that uses SaaS mobility solutions that powers the most successful shared mobility business in the world. From an app, to fleet management software, a back end to run everything, and more, Vulog provides the framework to set mobility operators up for success. Their technology is moving 15 billion people globally and has plans to expand their operations in North America.
Lawrence D. Burns
Larry Burns is a noted author, speaker and “thought-leader” for the “reinvention of the automobile” and the diversification of transportation energy. He has championed driverless and connected vehicles, vehicle electrification, fuel cells, advanced batteries, bio-fuels, and innovative concept vehicles. From 1998 to 2009, Larry served as corporate vice president of research, development and planning at General Motors, where he oversaw GM’s advanced technology and innovation programs as well as corporate strategy. Since 2011, he has been an advisor to Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project. Larry is a much sought-after speaker. He has given speeches all over the country, including most recently at the Washington Press Club, the University of Chicago and the ITS America Leadership Council. In 2018, Larry authored a book called, “Autonomy: The Quest to Build The Driverless Car and How It Will Reshape Our World.” National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Detroit News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few, are among the media outlets that have reported on Larry’s expertise.
Lunewave, a startup based in Tucson, Ariz., has developed groundbreaking radar and antenna technology for autonomous vehicles and 5G wireless networks. Lunewave manufactures specialized Luneburg lens antennae and radar sensors that can act as the “eyes” of self-driving cars. These spherical sensors have a 360-degree field of view and can detect objects surrounding a car with high resolution, even at long range and in poor weather, capabilities that are normally only achievable with the use of multiple sensors. The company’s products are geared toward a variety of markets including automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, and research for applications such as autonomous transportation, wireless communications, and drones.
Upstream Auto is an automotive cyber-security firm that is unique. It offers protection in the cloud instead of just on the vehicle itself, preventing problems before they reach the vehicle. For automakers, this is a distinct advantage. Cyber protection could be available today, across everything a car company makes, instead of waiting for the next mid-cycle enhancement on just one vehicle. This is critically important for an auto industry that is undergoing historical sea change -- from cars that drive themselves and "talk" to each other so they don't collide to cars that derive more value from the data they collect than the transportation they provide. All connectivity depends on mitigating the risk for cyber hacks.
Foretellix, formed in 2017 and based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has a mission is to make autonomous vehicles safer. The company wants to do this by delivering a better verification solution. In doing so, Foretellix helps the automotive industry reduce autonomous vehicles accidents and help save lives. There is no standard approach in today’s AV industry for verification of autonomous vehicles. Foretellix‘s approach is answering this need based on proven verification techniques. The vision is to deliver a scenario definition language, which will set the standard for the creation and certification of safe autonomous vehicles. This will bridge the gap between the advanced AV technology already available today, and the ability to put these driverless cars safely on the road.
Delphi Technologies was formed late last year when the old Delphi became two new companies: Aptiv, which focuses on autonomous vehicles and mobility on demand, and Delphi Technologies, a powertrain powerhouse with a new vision of what power electronics can do for electrified vehicles.
Weldaloy Products Co., which has been in existence since the 1940s and is headquartered in Warren, Mich., is an expert in custom forging. Its customers come from a variety of industries, including aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, power generation and manufacturing machinery. Weldaloy provides quality copper forging, aluminum forging and other non-ferrous forgings to its customers. The company is involved in all aspects of the forging business. This includes everything from raw material, to sawing, to forging, to heat treating, to machining, and to shipping.
An Israeli start-up that uses artificial intelligence and bio-mechanical modeling to turn acceleration data available from vehicle sensors to diagnosis of the victims in an accident before emergency personnel arrive. The doctor who founded this believes traffic fatalities could be cut in half, thanks to this technology.
GKN Driveline is the world's largest producer of constant-velocity joints, which it pioneered for use in automobiles. The company develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline products and systems for use in everything from the most sophisticated premium vehicles to low-cost cars. More than 50 percent of the 80 million new cars sold every year contain GKN Driveline technology. The company employs about 31,000 people at 56 various locations across 23 countries.
LiDAR Teaching Seminar
The LiDAR Teaching Seminar, a forum created by Scott Fosgard Communications, brings the world's leading suppliers of LiDAR and Tier 1 suppliers together for a status update on cost, range, resolution and edge cases, such as blizzards, fog, driving rain or blinding sun. LiDAR, or laser sensors working at the speed of light, "see" the traffic and roads in which autonomous vehicles operate. When combined with radar and high-definition cameras, LiDAR will be necessary for autonomous vehicles to properly function and greatly reduce accidents and fatalities. More than 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents each year and NHTSA estimates 90 percent of those accidents could be prevented using this sensor suite of technology.
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A start-up that focuses on autonomous manufacturing. It is competing with city buses in geofenced inner-city routes and launched its first two low-speed autonomous shuttle services in summer of 2018.
Blackmore Sensors and Analytics Inc.
Blackmore, located in picturesque Bozeman, Montana, is pioneering the way that autonomous vehicles “see” their surroundings. It’s called frequency modulation technology. This technology, also used in meteorology, is an advanced form of automotive lidar that can identify objects in more detail, and also determine whether the object is in motion. The unit sends a continuous signal and measures the change in wavelength to determine the vehicle's distance to the object. That reveals whether the object is traveling toward the vehicle and at what speed. Blackmore has been profiled by numerous media publications. In March 2019, the company was recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the 10 best start-ups in Montana.
The AutoTech Council, formed in 2013, searches the world for innovation, sifting through 500 startups a year to present the best ideas to more than 100 car companies and their suppliers.
Phantom Auto offers a way for a person to drive an autonomous vehicle from miles away when the autonomous vehicle encounters situations it can't handle on its own. Autonomous vehicles operate just fine today 98% of the time. The other 2% are what the technical community calls edge cases — unforeseen traffic accidents, construction or unexpected behavior of conventional vehicles — that will bring the autonomous vehicle to a stop in the middle of traffic. That's when Phantom Auto takes over with drivers in call centers, sometimes 100 miles away or more. Passengers can see and hear the remote driver, offering added reassurance.