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Last year, Argo AI and Volkswagen sent the auto and tech worlds buzzing (pun very much intended) with the news that the two companies were collaborating on an autonomous driving version of the iconic Volkswagen “bus” called the ID. BUZZ AD.
Earlier, this year, VW shared that it would officially unveil the new ID. BUZZ design on March 9, 2022. And just in the last few weeks, Argo AI hosted our partners at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, who we’re working with on an upcoming autonomous ride-pooling service, at our test track in Munich.
“Ground Truth” is the name of Argo’s online publication about self-driving technology, but it’s also a term unto itself that describes the underlying data, values, or facts that someone can use to orient themselves in the world.
Does that sound heady to you? It is, which is why we asked Argo co-founder and president Dr. Peter Rander to explain just what “ground truth” means for self-driving.
Part philosophical essay and part explainer of Argo’s approach to developing autonomous vehicle tech, you’re going to want to turn your phone onto Focus mode to read this.
“We are at this new moment where there’s just a tidal wave of new applications for robotics,” says Matt Johnson-Roberson, the newly announced Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, a division that trains future roboticists and has been called the “world’s best robotics research facility” (also home to Argo AI’s Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research).
Read our exclusive interview with him in Ground Truth to find out more about his background, how he became interested in robots and tech, and why he doesn’t drive much.
The autonomous vehicle (AV) industry has been described numerous times in the press as a “race” — the analogy is just too perfect to resist.
Or is it? As Ground Truth columnist Alex Roy persuasively argues in a new essay — part one of a two-part series — there’s actually a much more fitting way of describing the competition between the players working to bring self-driving tech to the masses: that of a board game.
Read his take to discover how smartphones, elevators, commercial airplanes and more all help us understand what’s happening now with AVs. And try your best to guess which game he’s thinking of before we publish part two.
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