Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google parent Alphabet will being testing its driverless taxi service with Waymo employees as the first passengers, to gain feedback before expanding to more riders.
Shield AI, a defense-technology company using self-driving software to enable unmanned systems to operate without GPS and communications, will use the Series C funding to help scale and further integrate its self-driving software into additional platforms across the Defense industry.
The Navy just released its 30-year shipbuilding plan which reflects its growing emphasis on unmanned systems, machine autonomy, and drone-human connectivity when it comes to maritime combat. Included in that plan is the Navy’s desire to acquire 21 new drones over the next five years.
Ingenuity, a drone helicopter, would be the first controlled flight on another planet. The helicopter is solar-powered and equipped with a wireless communication system and two cameras.