When you first visit AImotive, an autonomous vehicle company, it’s a very unassuming building. Instead of the usual offices or warehouse, you’re led to a suburban house near Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. Plenty of startups begin in homes or even apartments, but that’s mainly for those creating software. AImotive is about self-driving cars and is attempting to take on huge companies like Intel, Baidu, and Google among others. It’s a very strange setting to be introduced to AImotive’s unique take on autonomous cars.
Inside you met 44-year-old László Kishonti, CEO of the Hungarian upstart, whose main office is in Budapest. AImotive’s claims that it could navigate primarily using the input from webcams positioned around the car (including a front pair to provide stereo vision). Inexpensive radar sensors would be onboard for backup. But AImotive wouldn’t need the gold-plated standard of most self-driving cars–lidar laser scanners that cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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