NeoPhotonics launches tunable FMCW laser and semiconductor optical amplifier
California-headquartered NeoPhotonics Corporation, a developer of silicon photonics and advanced hybrid photonic integrated circuit-based lasers, modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks, has released a tunable high-power FMCW (frequency-modulated continuous-wave) laser module and high-power semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) chips. The company states that both components are optimized to enable long-range automotive lidar and high-resolution industrial sensing applications.
The FMCW Laser is C-band tunable and can be directly modulated to provide >21dBm (126mW) fiber coupled power and a narrow linewidth FMCW optical signal. The SOA chip is designed for integration with Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) lidar engines and provides >23dBm optical output power.
DeepRoute.ai raises US$300m total funding
Chinese firm DeepRoute.ai has closed a Series B funding round, with total investment in the self-driving technology company totaling in excess of US$300m.
The company says the new funding, which was led by the Alibaba Group, will further its research and development efforts, help scale collaborations with vehicle manufacturers and allow for expansion of its development team. Its long-term strategy includes developing autonomous medium duty trucks for urban logistics.
“Our investment in DeepRoute.ai reflects our confidence in the company’s technology and the management team,” said Jason Tan, partner and chief investment officer at investor Jeneration Capital.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Applus+ Idiada to collaborate on AV test facilities
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Applus+ Idiada have agreed to collaborate on the development of new facilities for the controlled environmental testing of highly automated vehicles (AVs).
The partners say that a combination of virtual and physical settings will be developed to efficiently test AVs in controlled weather and lighting conditions (including snow, fog, rain and glare). The new capabilities are expected to accelerate the expansion of operational design domains (ODD) and the improvement of the safety and reliability of AVs.
Independent market research by both companies unveiled a need for testing in controlled adverse weather and lighting conditions in the international automotive industry.
Ford to deploy Argo AI-powered vehicles for Walmart delivery service
Ford, Argo AI and Walmart are to work together on the launch of an autonomous vehicle-based delivery service in Miami, (Florida) Austin (Texas) and Washington, DC — marking the start of Walmart’s first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the USA. The last-mile delivery service will use Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System to deliver Walmart orders to customers.
“Our focus on the testing and development of self-driving technology that operates in urban areas where customer demand is high really comes to life with this collaboration,” said Bryan Salesky, founder and CEO, Argo AI.
Applus Idiada proving ground ‘digital twin’ developed by rFpro for vehicle simulation
UK driving simulation software specialist rFpro has developed a virtual model of Applus Idiada’s proving ground. The digital twin enables the evaluation of systems and vehicles in a fully representative virtual environment both before and after physical prototypes are available for validation on the track, helping manufacturers speed the overall vehicle development process.
The digital twin of Applus Idiada’s Dry Handling Circuit is the latest addition to its library of engineering-grade digital driving environments, which it says is the world’s largest. The library includes proving grounds, test tracks and hundreds of kilometres of varying real roads, as well as almost every major motor racing circuit in the world.
GM Ventures takes stake in radar specialist Oculii
Oculii has confirmed it has received a strategic investment from GM Ventures, the investment arm of General Motors, which is focused on investing in mobility-related startups developing advanced technology for use in future vehicle applications, manufacturing facilities and operating businesses. As part of the investment, GM will explore the use of Oculii’s Virtual Aperture Imaging (VAI) software in autonomous vehicles.
The radar tech specialist’s VAI software takes the market-proven reliability of radar and improves its resolution exponentially. The technology, which can be deployed on any radar hardware platform, enables high-performance, all-weather sensing that can be scaled to fit the needs of global automotive companies.
Tower Semiconductor announces high-performance lidar
High-value analog semiconductor solutions provider Tower Semiconductor says it has made a breakthrough development in lidar IC technology designed for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
Its latest IC (integrated circuit) was designed by researchers from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Los Angeles-based USC Viterbi School of Engineering, with the project led by SungWon Chung.
Manufactured using Tower Semiconductor’s open foundry Silicon Photonics platform, the IC employs optical phased arrays – hundreds of compact optical antennas – along with amplitude and phase modulators on a silicon chip for accurate 3D imaging of the surrounding environment, without the need for any moving parts.
Klas rolls out end-to-end, modular data system for AV development
Klas has announced the launch of Raven, an end-to-end, modular solution for autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) research and development.
The company says that Raven gives developers every piece of hardware required to ingest and store large amounts of in-vehicle data, along with the connectivity and compute capabilities they need to turn terabytes of data into high-performing AV algorithms, all underpinned by a software-agnostic virtual environment.
Modules include high-performance compute, storage up to 240TB in swappable cassettes with integrated compute capabilities, a variety of connectivity modules and secure remote data management.
“Accelerating the development of AVs requires the building and maintenance of fleets of test cars.