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Ghost raises $63.7 million to develop an aftermarket kit that gives cars self-driving capabilities

[2019.11.07, Thu 15:05] Perhaps it's not surprising that Ghost Locomotion, a stealthy startup headed by former Yahoo CTO and Pure Storage cofounder John Hayes, isn't tackling a full stack autonomous car platform just yet. "Ghost is simplifying the problem by focusing on exit to exit driving, to start. As complexity of city driving pushes self-driving timelines further and further into the future, Ghost is laser-focused on building real self-driving for highways and providing a huge benefit to people sooner, and expanding from there". Ghost today emerged from stealth after spending two years and change developing an aftermarket self-driving kit to retrofit existing cars. Ghost's forthcoming kit will pack a small computer built with "The latest consumer hardware available in smartphones," along with eight low-profile cameras that affix to a car's windshield, side windows, and rear window. Like Ghost's system, Openpilot running atop the Eon DevKit and other third-party hardware imbues cars with increased compute, as well as enhanced sensors and driver assistance features like lane centering and adaptive cruise control. Ghost says it's taken pains to empirically verify its system using processes typically reserved for aerospace and defense industries. According to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025, and Research and Markets anticipates that there will be some 20 million autonomous cars in operation in the U.S. by 2030.
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