Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto raises $159M
Nauto (Palo Alto, CA, USA; www.nauto.
com), a startup company that develops arti-
ficial intelligence-based autonomous vehi-
cle technology—has received $159 million
in Series B funding led by SoftBank Group
Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; https://www.softbank.
jp/en/) and Greylock Partners (Menlo Park,
CA, USA; www.greylock.com).
Other participants include previous stra-
tegic investors BM W iVentures (New York,
N Y, USA; www.bmwiventures.com), Gen-
eral Motors Ventures (Detroit, MI, USA;
www.gmventures.com), Toyota AI Ven-
tures (Los Altos, CA, USA; https://toyota-
ai.ventures) and the venture unit of global
financial services and insurance provider
Allianz Group (Munich, Germany; www.
allianz.com), and Series A investors Play-
ground Global (Palo Alto, CA, USA; play-
ground.global) and Draper Nexus (San
Mateo, CA, USA; https://www.draper-
nexus.com), according to a press release.
Nauto’s product is a flexible mounting
solution that features a wide-angle exterior
camera and wide-angle interior camera,
GPS, LTE and wireless connections, LED
and speakers for feedback, and night vision
support. The platform utilizes some of the
latest deep learning and computer vision
algorithms and a smart cloud network in-
formed by the accumulation of more than a
million miles on urban streets and highways,
according to the company.
Nauto is able to learn
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Next Microsoft HoloLens device will
feature AI and deep learning capabilities
In its next version of its wearable self-contained,
holographic computer known as the HoloLens,
Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA; www.micro-soft.com) will incorporate an artificial intelligence coprocessor to enable deep learning capabilities on the device.
First released in March of 2016 in a devel-
opment edition, the HoloLens is touted by
Microsoft as a fully-untethered holographic
computer that delivers 3D holograms pinned
to the real world surrounding a user via cut-
ting edge optics and sensors. The optics on
the device include see-through holographic
lenses, 2 HD 16: 9 light en-
gines, automatic pupil-
lary distance calibration,
and holographic resolu-
tion of 2.3M total light
points. Sensors on the
device include head-track-
ing cameras, one Time-of-
Flight (ToF) - based depth
camera, one 2 MPixel photo/
HD video camera, one inertial measurement
unit, one infrared camera, four microphones,
as well as one ambient light sensor.
contains a custom multiprocessor that
is called the Holographic Processing Unit
(HPU), which is used to process data and information coming from