The "automobile" industry had never been open to the "startup" world until a while back. Then came "autonomous" that united them together for opening a new possibility of integrating "self-driving" technology in cars. This mobility industry is now capable of transforming the way we drive with a heavy downpour of new emerging technology trends that is taking the world by storm.
Cruise Automation, a silicon valley start-up, launched in 2013, headquartered at San Francisco, California is a self-driving car company that develops an autopilot system for existing cars. The self-driving "kit" developed by the company converts an existing car (mostly Audi A4 & S4 models) into autonomous vehicles for highway driving. The three year old start-up was acquired by General Motors for more than $1 billion. The company can now be seen testing autonomous technology on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV in San Francisco since at least May, 2016.#2. COMMA.AI
Comma.ai, founded by George Hotz in 2015 announced "Comma One" product, an aftermarket self-driving add-on for just $1000. Comma One can be installed in place of a rear-view mirror that would turn regular cars into self-driving ones. Unfortunately, the product was cancelled even before it made it to market after an inquiry from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA has asked the company to ensure the Comma One product is compliant with regulations before it can be offered for sale.#3. NuTonomy
NuTonomy, a MIT spinout technology start-up company, founded in 2013 specializes in making softwares to build self-driving cars and autonomous mobile robots. The startup was the world's first to debut autonomous taxi pilot program in Singapore in August, 2016. The company is backed by Ford Motor Corp. Chairman Bill Ford and Singapore Government. The tech company is now in talks with potential investors to expand this initiatve towards a full commercial launch in 2018.#4. LeEco
LeEco, a chinese technology company is working on a fully autonomous electric car dubbed LeSEE. The auto maker raised $1.08 billion to develop its electric car, a serious move to compete with Tesla. LeEco Chairman Jia Yueting has conveyed that the company's first production ready self-driving vehicle would be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next year. LeEco is also a partner of Faraday Future, the california based electric car startup.#5. FARADAY FUTURE
Faraday Future, established in 2014, headquartered in California, a chinese-backed, American-startup focusses on the development of intelligent electric vehicles. The auto maker is constructing it's new $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is all set to unveil it's fully autonomous production ready vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 2017.#6. NAUTO
Nauto, founded in 2015 is a Palo Alto-based smart car technology company has raised $12 million for driverless car technology. The company now is piloting its system with some 20 taxi, limousine and private bus fleets in the San Francisco area. Global automakers Toyota, BMW and insurer Allianz have also invested in this start-up for it's artificial intelligence systems in cars to understand the driver behavior.#7. DRIVE.AI
Drive.ai, a silicon valley start-up, founded by former lab mates out of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. focuses on creating AI deep learning (machine learning) software for autonomous vehicles. The product, a retrofit kit, enables the cars to recognize pedestrians and avoid them, it also gives cars the ability to emote their intentions. Drive.ai now holds a license to test self-driving cars in California, and has already been testing its systems on the roads.#8. OXBOTICA
Oxbotica, a spin-out from Oxford University's internationally acclaimed Mobile Robotics Group specialises in mobile autonomy, navigation and perception of world leading research into autonomous robotics. The company's product "Selenium" will power the Oxford RobotCar – the UK’s first autonomous car to be approved for public trials. Selenium learns as the vehicle is driven around and then can offer autonomy. Selenium works without GPS and hence can be used both for inddors and outdoors.#9. OTTO
Otto, founded by four ex-Google engineers in 2016, an autonomous trucking start-up, aims to make trucks driverless. Otto is developing a retrofit kit that will give standard driver-controlled semi trucks the ability to self-drive. The company teamed with Anheuser-Busch to successfully deliver a truckload of beer from Fort Collins, through Denver, to Colorado Springs using the driver-less technology. Uber acquired Otto for an undisclosed sum earlier this year as part of it's rapid expansion strategy.#10. EASYMILE
Easymile, founded in 2014, provides shared driverless transportation for the last mile. Easymile driverless shuttles are the world's first to have a go-ahead by the Finnish transport safety authorities. The autonomous electric bus EZ10, will operate in the streets of Helsinki, Finland and can transport up to 12 people at a speed of 12 mph. The buses are also slated to be trialled in Dubai and a shopping centre in Japan later this year. DeNA, an internet company based out of Japan has partnered with French driverless tech company EasyMile for rolling out EZ10 to Japan and for global projects.