An Alarm that Adjusts Itself for More Sleep? Yes Please.

*Insert iPhone alarm sound* Can you hear it ringing in your head? The sound we all too well know, your morning alarm. How long does it take you to calculate how much sleep you’re going to get based on what time you intend on going to bed…

Nvidia – More than A Computer Company

In early November Nvidia, a computer systems design services company, announced its self-driving car platform will be powered by Luminar’s LiDAR sensors. This caused Luminar’s stock to soar more than 55% in premarket trading. Nvidia’s…

Light Sees the Light Better than LiDAR

Late October 2021, a company that develops smartphone camera tech has pivoted to using imaging technology in automotive applications. The company, Light, has developed an optical camera system that can calculate the distance to every pixel…

Yokohama Tires – Coming to a Volkswagen Dealer Near You

In October 2021, Yokohama Rubber had two patents publish for a Pneumatic Tire. Yokohama is a Japanese-based tire company that has recently been working on TPMS systems via integrated tire sensors. It has 29 patents in the space dating back…

Aurora & FedEx – Package Delivery Deal Secured

Early October 2021, autonomous vehicle company Aurora had a patent publish for a LiDAR system. Recently, Aurora has been focusing specifically on the integration of LiDAR in autonomous trucks. Its main intention is to improve the…

Velodyne LiDAR Now in UAVs

Late September 2021, Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. signed a multi-year agreement to provide sensors to TOPODRONE. TOPODRONE is a Swiss-based company that produces aerial surveys. Velodyne’s sensors are top of the line and will enable TOPDRONE to…

GM & Cepton have Entered the {LiDAR} Chat

Another exciting week for LiDAR as Cepton, a smaller player in the space, is going public and already has customers knocking on its door. General Motors has made a deal with Cepton to begin installing Cepton-based LiDAR sensors in a range…

Plus Pulls Ahead in the Autonomous Truck Race

In early June we discussed Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone Tire Corporation) and Kodiak Robotics partnership to produce autonomous trucks. As a result, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a collaboration with Plus (formerly…

Waymo is Driving LiDAR’s Exclusivity

Waymo, an Alphabet company, has announced that it will no longer be selling its LiDAR technology as of August 26, 2021. Its client list is unknown however, it can be assumed this is a power play to reduce the amount of other companies with…

Apple’s Car is Moving Along

Late August 2021, Apple had a patent issue for “Enabling lidar detection.” Apple has 14 documents in the space, so we can see it is making progress. Many of us have heard or seen news relating to an Apple car; however, the car may be three…

Toshiba … Tires?

Toshiba Corporation has products and services ranging from power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard disk drives, printers, batteries, lighting, and quantum…

Innoviz is Innovating LiDAR

Innoviz Technologies has announced a collaboration with Whale Dynamic, an autonomous driving company based in China. These companies are joining forces to integrate Innoviz’s high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception…

Mobileye is Miles Ahead in AV Testing

Mobileye is one of the top leaders in the Automobile Vision: Image Recognition sector. With 207 patent assets in the space, it absolutely dominates and proves the rapid innovation in the autonomous vehicle market. As of July 2021, the…

Luminar Is Leading LiDAR? “You Betcha”

Luminar Technologies Inc. has announced that it will be acquiring OptoGration Inc., Luminar’s own InGaAs chip partner in an exclusive deal. These chips have been an integral part in the supply chain for Luminar’s sensors. Luminar acquired…

LiDAR Competition is Revving Up

July 13, 2021 two more companies in the LiDAR sector make headway in the sensor market. Veoneer, Inc. and Baraja Pty Ltd. have signed a non-exclusive agreement to develop and market a Spectrum-Scan™ LiDAR for autonomous vehicles and the…

tZERO Secures A “NYCE” Deal

In July of 2021, tZERO announced its partnership with NYCE Group, Inc. (NYCE) to digitize $18 million of equity interest in NYCE. NYCE is a fintech company founded by FC Barcelona soccer player Martin Braithwaite and entrepreneur Philip…

Kodiak Gains Another Investor – Is BMW Expanding Its Portfolio?

In late June of 2021 BMW i Ventures announced its investment in autonomous truck technology company Kodiak Robotics. This comes one week after Bridgestone Tire announced a minority stake in Kodiak. The terms of both deals were not…

C-P Flexible vs. NEXE – Compostable Coffee Pod Battle

As of June 2021, C-P Flexible Packaging has launched the first and only BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified compostable coffee pod lidding film for the newest generation of single-serve coffee makers. The technology is patent…

Bridgestone Patents Land Kodiak Robotics A Spot in the Autonomous Truck Race

In June of 2021, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone Tire Corporation) signed on to be an investor for Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak is a Silicon Valley developer of technology for autonomous trucks. Not only did Bridgestone agree to invest in the…

Velodyne Produces Cheaper Sensor, Luminar Should Check Its Blind Spot

It is not news that LiDAR sensors are beyond expensive… until recently. Velodyne Lidar is the leading manufacturer of LiDAR sensors and has developed a sensor that is one-hundredth the price of its typical sensors. This gives smaller…

Goodyear Is Having A Great Year

In early June of 2021, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. purchased Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Cooper was originally a competitor of Goodyear with complementary product portfolios, services, and capabilities. Goodyear can now expand its…

One Patent & $3.3 Billion Valuation – Plus Finds the Right Funding

In January 2021, autonomous trucking startup Plus, previously Plusai Corp., went public by merging with Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V. via a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company). Plus has already made great strides by…

Pirelli Builds Incredible Tire Sensor, Gets 2 Patents, Giving McLaren Confidence To Sign On

In April of 2020, a patent asset was published for Pirelli for a Tyre Sensor Device with Flexible Printed Circuit Board. This allows the sensor to comfortably fit within the tire. In November of 2020, a patent application was published for…

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