Autonomous vehicles are coming, promising increased safety and lower cost. At this point, millions of miles have been traveled autonomously, prices for sensing and compute are dropping precipitously, and hundreds of startups are solving problems related to perception, planning, fleet operation, communications, mapping, and simulations and building in-car services in anticipation of autonomous cars going mainstream. Robocars are a foregone conclusion.
Join Shahin Farshchi in conversation with Ashu Rege, who is reinventing the automobile from scratch at Zoox to offer consumers an unforgettable, autonomous transportation experience. They’ll discuss early challenges that turned out to be straightforward, easy problems that turned out to be very hard, and the obstacles that lie ahead.
Shahin Farshchi is a principal at Lux Capital, where he empowers entrepreneurs aiming to accelerate humanity toward a fantastic future through feats of engineering. Shahin’s recent investments include deep learning company Nervana, recently acquired by Intel; Planet Labs, which is launching the world’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites; Plethora, which is rolling out a fleet of robotic machine shops; Flex Logix, making chips that can reprogram themselves; and Zoox, designing what comes after the automobile.
Ashu Rege is the vice president of software engineering at Zoox, where he is responsible for Zoox’s entire software platform, spanning AI and machine learning, motion planning, computer vision and 3D perception, localization, mapping, simulation, server-client, and base ops software. Previously, Ashu was vice president of computer vision and robotics at NVIDIA, where he was in charge of the company’s autonomous vehicle and drone technology projects; held a number of executive roles at NVIDIA, including vice president of the content and technology group developing core graphics, physics simulation, and GPU computing technologies and associated software; and cofounded or worked at various startups related to computer graphics, laser scanning, internet, and network technologies. Ashu holds a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents’ fellow and Pardee scholar.
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