Hear Aurora, Nvidia, and Waymo discuss the two paths of autonomous driving in TC: Mobility sessions – TechCrunch

Hear Aurora, Nvidia, and Waymo discuss the two paths of autonomous driving in TC: Mobility sessions - TechCrunch

The road to commercializing self-driving vehicle technology for people has split into two paths.

In one camp, AV developers like Argo AI, Aurora, Cruise, Motional, Waymo, and Zoox are aiming straight for full autonomy — a system that can handle all the driving in certain conditions and without expecting a human to take over. relay. In other words, the passenger can fall asleep or play on their phone.

Then there are some automakers, notably Tesla, that are taking an approach to range that will improve over time. In these cases, an advanced driver assistance system may offer limited autonomous functionality with the plan that over time a greater level of autonomy can be achieved.

Billions of dollars have been poured into these different paths – each with its own set of true believers. And in the middle is Nvidia, the chipmaking giant that develops and provides automakers and AV developers with the tools they need to deploy autonomous technology.

We’re excited to announce that three experts from Aurora, Nvidia, and Waymo who work on AV technology will join us on stage during the TC: Mobility 2022 sessions to help dissect the challenges and opportunities of each approach and determine which could be the first to scale.

Our speakers are Yanbing Li, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Aurora; Saswat Panigrahi, Vice President of Strategy, Product Management and Data Science at Waymo; and Sarah Tariq, vice president of self-driving software at Nvidia.

Li, Panigrahi and Tariq bring decades of experience in the field.

Li leads all software development for Aurora, including autonomy, ground truth, mapping, simulation, cloud infrastructure, and data platform. Prior to Aurora, she was VP of Products and Engineering at Google and led the Enterprise Services Platform (ESP) organization in Google Cloud.

She also led product development, engineering and go-to-market strategy at VMware and worked for Synopsys in various leadership roles in research, development and engineering. She holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MS from Cornell University and a BS from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Panigrahi, who joined Waymo in 2016, manages technical and business roadmaps across its transit, long-haul trucking and local delivery business lines. Prior to Waymo, he was senior product manager at Google, working on Google Chrome, Chromebooks and Android.

Before Google, he held the positions of software developer, product manager and line manager at Ericsson in Canada, China and Sweden. He also worked as a research engineer at McGill University. Panigrahi received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University in Canada and his Master’s in Business Administration from IMD in Switzerland.

Tariq helps lead Nvidia’s efforts in the creation and development of its AV platform called Nvidia Drive. His team is responsible for delivering some of the core software elements of this platform, including the Perception, Location, Mapping, Prediction, and Planning and Control stacks.

Prior to joining Nvidia, Tariq spent six years at Zoox, where she worked on the perception stack, leading the vision and perception teams. Previously, she spent a decade working in several areas including real-time simulation and rendering, performance optimization for high performance computing and supercomputers, and computer vision.

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