Why Our Company's Trucks Won't Carry Lidar

  • November 28, 2018
    Photograph of Starsky's truck.
    Photo: Starsky Robotics


    This is a guest post. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the blogger and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum, or the IEEE.

    Last year a partner at a well-known Silicon Valley venture firm wouldn’t take a meeting with me and my colleagues because our autonomous driving system didn’t employ lidar. He said vehicles had to use all available sensors to ensure safety. 

    I disagree. I’ll explain why, but first let me lay out the approach of my company, Starsky Robotics.

    Unlike many other companies, we are not trying to automate every bit of driving, above all those parts that involve navigating crowded, chaotic urban environments. Rather, we specialize in long-distance trucking.


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