Monday, May 23, 2022

Advanced Navigation announces the acquisition of Vai Photonics

Advanced Navigation, an innovator in AI robotics, and navigation tech announced the acquisition of Vai Photonics, a spin-out from The Australian National University (ANU) developing patented photonic sensors for precision navigation. Vai Photonics share a similar vision to provide tech to drive the autonomy revolution and will join Advanced Navigation to profit their research into autonomous and robotic apps across land, air, sea and space.

Global majors invest 170m NOK in Norwegian firm Hydrogen Mem-Tech

AP Ventures, Yara Growth Ventures, Shell Ventures, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and SINTEF Venture are putting their trust and investment into Hydrogen Mem-Tech (HMT). HMT´s palladium membrane technology separates hydrogen from bio and natural gas. The organisation has developed a technology where clean hydrogen is produced from bio and natural gas, while CO2 and other residual gases are captured to be utilized or sequestered. The HMT palladium membrane technology leverages more than 20 years of research from SINTEF, and it has been extensively tested and piloted over several years.

World View hits booking milestone for its flight to the edge of space program

World View, the stratospheric ballooning and space tourism company, has reached a new milestone: reaching 1000 reservations for its space tourism program taking participants to the edge of space in a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon and pressurized space capsule. The company has now sold the greatest number of seats in the space tourism category. World View’s reservations for Spaceport Grand Canyon have also been sold out for the first year, with commercial flights slated to begin in 2024. World View’s reservations come from 32 countries with the US, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom leading the list.

VIQ Solutions honored in the 2022 Best World Changing Ideas Awards

VIQ Solutions Inc., a provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture tech and transcription services, announced that its FirstDraft solution was selected as an honoree in the Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards. The recognition highlights VIQ’s innovative approach leveraging AI to drive transparency in courtrooms around the world. VIQ, in partnership with courts in the UK, Australia and the US, transforms how courts create and distribute transcripts of court proceedings. With the addition of FirstDraft automated transcripts, courts easily create, store and distribute court proceedings within hours.

Digital assurance company Cigniti Technologies to acquire RoundSqr

Cigniti Technologies, digital assurance and quality engineering services firm, is set to acquire Aparaa Digital, a leading AI/ML, Data engineering, Analytics, and Blockchain services company that operates under the brand name RoundSqr. This is a firm step towards bolstering Cigniti’s strategic pursuit of becoming a specialized digital engineering and assurance services provider. awarded a permit for its public driverless robotaxi service in Beijing, the global autonomous driving technology company, announced that the general public in Beijing, China, will be able to experience driverless robotaxis for the first time. was one of two robotaxi operators awarded a permit by Beijing city authorities to offer driverless service in southeastern Beijing. ( has had a permit to driverless test since October 2021 but not with the general public in the car.) To ensure safety during this pilot program, a safety supervisor will sit in the front passenger seat. to launch fleet of robotaxis with Ontime, GAC’s ride-hailing app

0, an autonomous driving tech company, announced a deeper partnership with Ontime, GAC’s ride-hailing app. As part of the partnership, will integrate its virtual driver technology into GAC vehicles, which will then be used on GAC’s Ontime ride-hailing platform. Ontime expects to launch its fee-charging robotaxi service in Guangzhou during 2022. The service will launch with an initial fleet of about 100 autonomous driving Ontime cars. Riders will be able to request autonomous vehicles through the Ontime App as well as through’s own PonyPilot+ App. is also investing in Ontime’s Series A financing.

Immersive VR by UniSA empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war

When you live in the most arid State in the most arid country in the world, bushfires are rather an unfortunate, and all-too-regular part of life. Learning how to survive such emergencies is important for all people, but especially for our youngest citizens.

Huge spike for hi-tech solution as Australians hit the holiday road

Melbourne-based security-technology start-up Solid GPS is seeing a spike in sales post-COVID restrictions as Australians start to holiday domestically. The company, which provides state of the art portable GPS trackers, has hit 5,000 customers as an army of ‘Grey Nomads’ increasingly holiday at home after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Love Your Home report reveals the objects Aussies want to protect most

Smart-home security provider Ring has released its first “Love Your Home” report, revealing what’s driving interest in smart doorbells and security cameras and offering a glimpse into the memories, passions and objects that Aussies want to protect most from theft or damage. Aussie homes are full of irreplaceable items so it’s not surprising that over half (52%) are set to be protected by smart-security devices in the next 12 months. The new research reveals the weird and wonderful objects Aussies most want to protect, Aussies top benefits of home-security and what the nation wants to see from the industry in the future.