Thursday, August 18, 2022

Velodyne Lidar marketing head Sally Frykman named woman of the year

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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced its CMO Sally Frykman won the 2022 Woman of the Year award from Sensors Converge and Fierce Electronics. The Best of Sensors Awards recognize the most innovative products, technologies, teams and people in the sensors industry.

Itron, Inc. lines up industry leaders for second annual Itron Inspire APAC

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Itron, Inc., which is innovating how utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced that its annual event, Itron Inspire APAC 2022, will take place virtually July 26-27, 2022. The customer-focused event will feature a lineup of sessions facilitated by industry leaders highlighting trends, use cases, customer and consumer experiences, benefits realized etc.

Aleph Farms appoints Yifat Gavriel ahead of global commercialization

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Aleph Farms, the first cultivated meat firm to grow steaks from non-genetically engineered animal cells, has hired Yifat Gavriel as Chief of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Gavriel will play a vital role in the introduction of Aleph Farms’ products into global markets. The establishment of a regulatory approval process for cultivated meat is underway in many countries, with the Singapore Food Agency the first to approve it as an ingredient in 2020.

Quantum computing takes a leap with Archer Materials getting key patent

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Archer Materials has been granted a key Australian patent for its 12CQ quantum computing tech. The patenting approval signals a step forward for the Adelaide-based firm in the race towards the world-first technology being used in every day products, such as smart phones. The firm, which has an office in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen innovation district, announced this month it now has commercial rights to its 12CQ chip invention. Archer Materials CEO Dr Mohammad Choucair said that once fully developed, it’s hoped the ultra-powerful 12CQ chip will be able to operate at room-temperature and integrated into everyday electronic devices.

SkyDrop and Domino’s to launch commercial drone delivery trial in NZ

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SkyDrop announced that production of the drone fleet for the commercial drone delivery trial with Domino’s is complete. SkyDrop (formerly known as Flirtey) and Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited, signed a deal to launch the second phase of drone deliveries in New Zealand. This trial with Domino’s is scheduled to launch in New Zealand in the coming months.

Velodyne Lidar’s IIS used in Helsinki traffic safety improvement project

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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution (IIS) was deployed in Helsinki, Finland to collect traffic data and improve road safety. The project showed the value of IIS in multimodal traffic classification, and in near miss collision detection and monitoring.

Electric vehicle firm NWTN to obtain another $200 million PIPE investment

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On April 15, 2022, East Stone Acquisition Corporation, a British Virgin Island business company (East Stone), entered into a Business Combination Agreement providing for the business combination of East Stone and ICONIQ Holding Limited under a new holding company named NWTN Inc., a Cayman Islands company ( Pubco or NWTN). The transaction represents a pre-combination valuation of $2.5bn ($2,500,000,000) for NWTN upon closing.

Australia’s Applied EV and Oxbotica partner to create the first cabinless AV

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Australian Autonomous and Software-Defined Vehicle company Applied EV has teamed up with Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, to develop the first fully autonomous cabinless commercial vehicle tested on publicly accessible European streets. The Applied EV vehicle, called Blanc Robot, was built in Australia. It is a modular transport platform that can be configured for specific apps, like delivery or industrial logistics, and carries an exclusive centralised software and control system named BackBone that changes any car into software-defined vehicles. The landmark achievement follows two years of trials developing the system architecture in operations across the UK, Europe and North America.

ABS signs joint development project with SpaceX on recovery droneships

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ABS has signed a joint development project (JDP) with SpaceX to review the remotely controlled functions of autonomous rocket recovery droneships used for booster rocket recovery at sea. The rocket recovery droneships are modified to include an expanded deck to increase the size of the landing platform, four thruster engines for propulsion and to hold on station, and blast shielding to protect electrical and engine equipment on deck.

Silicon Quantum Computing launches $130 million Series A capital raise

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Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) announced the launch of A$130m Series A capital raising to fund the firm’s technical development, operations and strategic activities from 2023 to 2028. SOC also appointed of Blackpeak Capital to advise it on the Series A capital raise.