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Geowrap: Uber, Waymo may collaborate on self-driving cars; mapping 5,000 years of Europe history; trends in GEOINT and more

Uber, Waymo in talks on tie-up over self-driving vehicles

UBER Technologies is talking with Alphabet Inc’s autonomous driving unit Waymo about using its technology on Uber’s ride-hailing app, Reuters reported said on Friday. Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on stage at the Code Conference on Wednesday that Uber’s relationship with Waymo was “getting better” since Uber in February agreed to pay Waymo US$245 million in shares to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets. Read more 

Time Machine project looks to map 5,000 years of European history

The Time Machine FET Flagship has announced that it has passed the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme’s first stage of evaluation for bids for the euro 1-billion funding available for new Flagships. The Time Machine project is an international collaborative project to build a Large Scale Historical Simulator mapping 5,000 years of European history. It has brought together academic research teams, public organizations and digital companies from all over Europe, and comprises of over 170 institutions, ranging from the major European museums to leading companies in the field of digitization and artificial intelligenceRead more 

Hexagon acquires AutonomouStuff for autonomous vehicle solutions

Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of AutonomouStuff a leading suppliers of integrated autonomous vehicle solutions. Founded in 2010, US-based AutonomouStuff is pioneering turn-key platforms for autonomous vehicle development, robotics and data intelligence innovation. Its turnkey platforms, which utilize a robust portfolio of technologies, are deployed in pilot programs worldwide representing more than 2,500 customers in the automotive and technology sectors across Silicon Valley, America, Europe, and Asia. Read more 

Alibaba builds delivery truck with solid-state LiDAR

Logistics technology company Cainiao Network, part of Alibaba Group, and LIDAR specialist Robosense have announced a new G Plus driverless delivery vehicle which utilises solid-state LIDAR for the first time to drastically reducing the cost of the driverless vehicles. Read more 

Roscosmos May Curb Space Program Due to Lack of Funds

The Russian federal space program might face cuts as the Roscosmos state corporation is likely to suffer funding shortages amounting to 150 billion rubles (almost $2.4 billion) in the next three years. The federal program for the development of Russian space launch centers for the period of 2017-2025 in 2019 it may receive 17 billion rubles less that it was initially planned, while in 2020 it may see a reduction of funding by 52 billion rubles and in 2021 – 75 billion less, according to the source. Read more 


Top six GEOINT trends

Geospatial intelligence, or the frequently used term GEOINT, refers to the discipline of exploitation and analysis of satellite imagery and other forms of earth observation data to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the earth. The term GEOINT is typically used for the defense and internal security domains and offers the capability of monitoring, predicting and countering threats, while helping strategize and support various field operations. Read more 

An astronaut’s view of Australia’s proposed space agency and industry

Former NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle commander Pamela Melroy says Australia needs to find its own niche in the fast moving space industry. Melroy, who flew Space Shuttle missions in 2000 and 2002 and commanded a third in 2007, says the recently announced Australian Space Agency is excellent news for the country but the industry will need to move fast to make up time. Read more 


What is on-orbit satellite servicing?

On-orbit satellite servicing, as the name suggests, is a technology that involves approaching a spacecraft in orbit, and modifying, repairing or refueling it in the space, or even build completely new platforms and spacecraft while on orbit. Watch the video to know more about satellite servicing.