Archive | December, 2020

Cost Looms Large in DMS Race

Let the DMS (driver monitoring system) race begin.
But of all the safety measures deemed necessary for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), the DMS is the hardest sell. That is certainly true for consumers, and it appears to be the case for the media too. As one EE Times reader recently commented: “People know when they are too tired to drive.

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Driverless AV Announcements Roar Back in December

December 2020 has been an eventful month for the auto industry, especially for the autonomous vehicle segment. There were several announcements on driverless AVs and two AV acquisitions.
Amazon AWS is rapidly penetrating the auto industry on a variety of fronts. The Zoox robotaxi announcement got a lot of attention in December.
(Photo: Zoox)
AWS is also making great progress

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Madrona Venture Group raises $345M for 8th fund, its largest ever, and $161M for 2nd later-stage fund

Madrona Venture Group managing directors from L to R: Tim Porter, Matt McIlwain, Len Jordan, Tom Alberg, S. Somasegar (Soma), Hope Cochran, Steve Singh, Scott Jacobson, and Paul Goodrich. (Madrona Photo)
Madrona Venture Group has raised more than $500 million in fresh capital that the 25-year-old Seattle venture capital firm will use to bankroll both early and later-stage startups. It

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How to Optimize B2B Deal Management to Cut Costs and Losses in 2021

A lot of companies suffered supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19. Certain experts have described the situation as a Keynesian supply shock, a negative event that triggers aggregate supply shortages with bigger impacts than the prior reduction in labor supply.
There is still a lot of uncertainty in the air, so many businesses still don’t know how to approach the

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AI, Commercial Space are Investor Favorites

Artificial intelligence and commercial space startups were among the sectors targeted most by aggressive technology investors during the second half of 2020.
The web site Buyshares.com reported just before the holidays that AI startups attracted $9.9 billion in venture funding over the last six months. The 15-percent annual jump represents a major turnaround for the AI sector after investments declined

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Ruggedized 3D printers for medical use in harsh military environments

Can 3D printers treat soldiers on the battlefield? Yes — sort of. A recent pilot program conducted by the Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences shows that 3D printers can be deployed in desert and remote environments to fabricate medical tools and biomaterials, where it’s not practical to have soldiers carry hundreds of medical supplies in their packs.

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Baby Yoda’s real name and Bill Gates’ podcast pal: Test your geek smarts with our year-end news quiz

It has been quite a year. But before we wave goodbye to 2020, we thought it would be fun to test your geek knowledge.
Many of the quiz questions below were derived from GeekWire’s list of the most-read stories of the year. So, heavy-duty GeekWire readers should fare well. And just to make things a little more fun, here’s a

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Seattle tech worker who got vaccine trial shot feels great — but she worries for those hurt by pandemic

Seattle’s Jennifer Haller in a masked-up selfie she took on April 14, when she received the second dose in the coronavirus vaccine trial. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Haller)
Nearly 10 months after being the first person to receive a shot in the first U.S. clinical trial of a vaccine for coronavirus, Seattle’s Jennifer Haller is concerned less about her own

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