Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 343.535 Million
self-driving car

Russia’s Internet giant (aka “Russia’s Google”) Yandex has trialled its driverless Toyota Prius taxis in a snow-covered Russian road last weekend, notching up about 300 kilometres overall during the test. The trial, which involved two cars, was interesting in that it allowed to demo how self-driving vehicles would fare in a scenario other than sunny California’s highways. […]

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Ride-hailing service Uber has struck a deal with  Volvo to purchase 24,000 XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, with the aim to convert them into its driverless fleet, Bloomberg has revealed. Each XC90 costs about £35,000 on the market, and the Financial Times pegged the value of the deal at around £1 billion. Uber has already […]

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Alphabet’s driverless car subsidiary Waymo is planning to launch a self-driving ride-sharing service with no human backup driver by the end of 2017, technology website The Information reports. According to anonymous sources, Waymo is warming up to kick-start the programme in the Phoenix area over the next few months— and apparently the order to go ahead […]

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US carmaker Tesla is working together with semiconductor giant AMD to develop its own chips for carrying out autonomous driving tasks. The company—whose cars already sport the rather advanced driver assist system Autopilot— is reportedly in the process of testing the purpose-specific processors. Creating its own chips, although on top of AMD tech, will allow Tesla not to […]

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FiveAI, a British company working on self-driving cars, has raised £14 million in a Series A round led by Lakestar Capital and backed by Amadeus Capital Partners, Notion Capital and Kindred. The Cambridge-based startup—which also has offices in Oxford, Bristol, and Edinburgh —was founded in 2015 by Ben Peters, Stan Boland, Steve Allpress,  and John Redford. It focuses […]

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Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving shuttle bus to run between its Cupertino headquarters and the nearby town of Palo Alto. According to the New York Times, the iPhone maker is going to test its autonomous driving software on a vehicle manufactured by a commercial carmaker; the bus’s official moniker will reportedly be PAIL […]

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Electric carmaker Tesla is planning to create electric trucks able to drive themselves and to coordinate with other vehicles  to move in formation, Reuters reports. That transpired from email conversations between the company led by global-moonshooter-in-chief Elon Musk and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype […]

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Welsh company Academy of Robotics has gathered £292,930 in crowdfunding to develop its self-driving vehicle Kar-Go. The company, based in Aberystwyth, has conceived an AI-powered pod that would use a blend of machine vision, sensors and offline map analysis to autonomously deliver packages in residential areas. Founded in 2015 by William Sachiti,  Academy of Robotics got its […]

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A consortium of automotive giants working on connected and autonomous cars has been given the go-ahead to start testing its vehicles on Britain’s roads. Autodrive—a £20 million R&D initiative sprung from the joint efforts of the UK government and industry giants including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, and Tata Motors— demoed its connected car technology on a private track […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has detailed the company’s plans to enter the self-driving car sector, Bloomberg revealed. The rumour has been circulating for a while that the iPhone maker’s next big project would involved driverless vehicles, but the company’s management had so far been peculiarly cagey about the feat. Late last year, it emerged that when Apple kicked-started the […]

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