Ford motors places a $1 billion bet that a young startup will win the race to launch fully autonomous cars on the road.
Argo stands out from the hundreds of companies pursuing self-driving technology due to its unique deal with Ford that has invested big in this little-known startup that is now primed to compete with Google’s Waymo, Uber, GM’s Cruise Automation, Tesla, and Aurora — a short list of heavyweights all working on a so-called “full stack solution” of self-driving cars.
Argo is tasked with developing the entire “virtual driver system,” which means all of the sensors like cameras, radar, light detection, and ranging radar known as LIDAR, as well as the software and compute platform. Ford has also charged Argo with how to create high-definition maps, keep them “fresh,” and sustain that over time, Ford’s CTO and vice president of research and advanced engineering Ken Washington said during a presentation at The Information’s autonomous vehicle summit in June.
Con todas estas empresas persiguiendo lo mismo y con toda la industria automotriz persiguiendo los coches auto-conducidos... Podemos justificar el PER de Tesla, Uber etc.. ?
Es un sector en el que los sueldos no andan mal....
Argo is now battling with the competition to recruit roboticists and machine learning experts. It’s a fight that is pushing salaries, including bonuses and equity offerings, for self-driving car engineers well beyond $250,000 a year.