Welcome back to The Stack, Argo AI’s monthly newsletter covering our latest autonomous vehicle news, the occasional technology explainer, job opportunities, and whatever else I can sneak into this.
Let’s get started!
— Alex Roy, Director of Special Operations
For all the hype around autonomous vehicles (AVs), there’s been virtually NO hype around the actual products and services required to deploy them. If you’re a business that wants to add AVs to your fleet, or build a fleet for the first time, you’ll need more than a self-driving system. You’ll need scalable autonomous vehicle and fleet management solutions, and hardcore data and analytics.
Good news: Argo offers them out of the gate. Welcome to the Argo Product Ecosystem.
Why does this matter? Businesses are highly motivated and interested in autonomous vehicles to address a lot of different pain points, like increased consumer demand for speedy and predictable delivery, supply chain disruptions, and driver shortages. This product ecosystem offers companies of any size, in any industry, all the puzzle pieces to integrate AVs into existing operations.
Autonomous vehicles need to be tested and retested, and the safe path from virtual world simulation to public roads runs through an essential buffer: the controlled environment of a test track. Argo’s test tracks in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Munich, Germany have so far focused on city-speed urban environments, but our newest test track in Greenville, South Carolina will greatly expand our system’s highway-speed capabilities. Adding highways means Argo can link together urban areas with high-demand locations such as airports and warehouses outside the city.
Located at the International Transportation Innovation Center on the campus of the SC Technology and Aviation Center, Argo’s new test track infrastructure and one-mile-long straightaway will enable testing up to 70 miles per hour. Read more.
I think Argo’s 2021 Safety Report is by far the most detailed, comprehensive and honest of any autonomous driving technology company. This may not seem like news, but if you care about safety, it really is, because developers aren’t required to publish anything at all. Those that have published vary greatly in transparency, so I’m really proud to be at the company on the optimal end of that spectrum 🙂
Our English-language version is so popular, we decided to publish it in German. Now that Argo has operations in Munich and Hamburg, we want our safety report to be accessible to everyone we share the road with.
(For those who don’t want to read all 55 pages: Here’s the Top 10 Things A ‘Self-Driving Vehicle Must Do to Actually Be Self-Driving by our Chief Technology Officer, Brett Browning)
It’s absolutely fascinating how modern car ads have co-opted the messaging of old bike ads. How will autonomous technology be marketed? Or to phrase it a little differently, how will autonomous technology be successfully marketed? It’s still early days, but in the meantime check out this amazing selection of vintage cycling posters for sale. (H/T Andy Boenau)
Advice? Comments? Suggestions? Email us…or me directly.
Until next time 🙂 Alex
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