Lyfts long-awaited autopilot was finally unveiled.
According to Leifeng. com, this car uses Ford Fusion hybrid platform, assisted by Lyft Autopilot Team engineers self-developed technology. In addition, Lyft announced an acquisition project, which bought BlueVision Labs, a London AR startup that will use its computer vision technology to measure every street in the future.
Judging from this latest auto driving car, Lyfts cooperation with Ford will be quite pleasant.
But the focus of the news is probably Lyfts acquisition of BlueVision Labs for $72 million, of which $30 million requires some success. The startup has invented a way to digest street landscapes, which can also be used to build collaborative and interactive Augmented Reality layers. The key is that all this can be done with smart phone cameras.
After the completion of the acquisition, BlueVision will join the LyftL5 automated driving team led by LucVincent, a member of the Google streetscape team, who joined the company last year. The 39 employees of the company will also become the backbone of new R & D projects in London.
On AR, BlueVision technology enables two people to see the same virtual objects at the same time. BlueVision? High-definition maps have also become the best experimental ground for developers to create collaborative AR experiences - the space on the map becomes a canvas on which you can draw virtual objects.
In the future, on Lyft platform, we will certainly see the application of similar technologies, but now taxi giants are more concerned about L5 automatic driving.
We will focus on using BlueVision technology to create the best maps to serve our autopilot, and then localize it to support our stack. Vincent said in an interview. For Lyfts business, this technology is very important. We need better maps and know where passengers and vehicles are. In order to make Lyfts service more efficient and reduce the resistance of the companys development, we need BlueVision technology driver.
According to Lei Feng, before Lyft acquired BlueVision, it had invested $17 million, but it was only known in March last year that the company had been working hard for more than two years.
The deal is so striking mainly because it is the first Bullet Bullet Bullet launched by the taxi giants expansion of self-driving projects, and Lyfts self-driving department already has more than 300 employees. When a reporter asked Vincent if Lyft would continue to make big acquisitions in the future, he responded, Weve been evaluating for a long time whether its self-development or direct acquisition. But he also pointed out that the competition in the auto-driving market is already very fierce, and many companies have great prospects.
I dont have a crystal ball in my hand, but obviously there are a lot of players in this competition, including not only technology giants, but also start-ups, OEMs and automobile giants. The autopilot market has gathered at least 100 powerful companies, and will certainly experience some interlocking in the future. In addition to reaching a partnership with Ford last year, Lyft signed an investment cooperation agreement with the first grade supplier, Magna, earlier this year. The future Lyfts autopilot system will be integrated into Magnas parts and sold to the carmakers. It is conceivable that Lyft acquired BlueVision in order to become a predator in the future industry shuffle, rather than a prey of other giants.
So how important is BlueVisions technology to Lyft? And listen to our detailed decomposition.
At present, a smart phone is installed in the middle console of Lyft vehicles running on the road. The background can control the camera of the mobile phone to monitor, observe and map the road.
In addition, the camera can also record the behavior of downloaders and provide learning materials for Lyfts automatic driving platform. With BlueVision technology, these jobs can get twice the result with half the effort.
BlueVision co-founder and CEO Peter Ondruska said that such a widely deployed camera network could easily change the rules of the game in the data acquisition war.
Our technology enables Lyft to train autopilot with data collected by the fleet, which will definitely change the rules of the game. I have developed this technology for 8 years, and you have to have a lot of data on the self driving car to make the vehicle reach a high enough safety level. This process is very difficult, but our technology can speed up the pace of Lyft.
In addition to the above technology, BlueVisions collaborative AR is also a great asset for Lyft. This technology, which allows two people to see the same virtual object at the same time, not only enables drivers and passengers to communicate more smoothly, but also provides more services for passengers on the journey, becoming Lyfts new gold mine.
Of course, BlueVision is not the only company in the industry that develops virtual maps. Companies like 6d.ai, Blippar and Niantic Labs have the strength to use virtual maps to start new application scenarios. Take Niantic for example, its Pokemon Go has set off a super tornado all over the world, and has also boosted the development of AR industry as a whole.
The deal is the tenth acquisition of Lyft.
According to Lei Feng net, in 2015, Lyft also bought Leo, an instant messaging company. Two years later it acquired four more companies, some of which were strategic acquisitions to enhance maps and markets, but the acquisition of Kamcore, a social media company, was somewhat confusing.
Just as Lyft launched its first autopilot car, its partner Ford also announced that it would enter Washington, D.C., in the first quarter of next year, its automatic driving test car will run in the US capital, after which Fords test fleet was stationed in three cities of Detroit, Pittsburgh and Miami. In fact, before Ford entered Washington, D.C., Argo. ais cart was on the outpost here, and the $1 billion Ford startup will provide virtual driver systems and high-definition maps to the old giants. In July this year, Fords autopilot business was independently released. It will receive a sponsorship fee of $4 billion from the parent company by 2023. It will be responsible for the integration of automatic driving system, the development and engineering of auto driving, and the services of automatic driving, business strategy, user experience and business development. Source: Lei Feng network editor: Qiao Jun Jing _NBJ11279
Just as Lyft launched its first autopilot car, its partner Ford also announced that it would enter Washington, D.C., in the first quarter of next year, its automatic driving test car will run in the US capital, after which Fords test fleet was stationed in three cities of Detroit, Pittsburgh and Miami.
In fact, before Ford entered Washington, D.C., Argo. ais cart was on the outpost here, and the $1 billion Ford startup will provide virtual driver systems and high-definition maps to the old giants.
In July this year, Fords autopilot business was independently released. It will receive a sponsorship fee of $4 billion from the parent company by 2023. It will be responsible for the integration of automatic driving system, the development and engineering of auto driving, and the services of automatic driving, business strategy, user experience and business development.