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Self-driving start-up works on technology to automate stretches of highway driving

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Self-driving start-up works on technology to automate stretches of highway driving Photo Credit: Embark Trucks

Embark is a start-up company dedicated to self-driving technology. The company has raised nearly $17.22 million in funding and is growing quickly. Embark is busy setting up space with the newest technology in order to test their developments in self-driving technology. Within the short span of its launch, the team at Embark has released a video that demonstrates an autonomous highway without manual takeover. The video features autonomous driving in single lanes, lane changes, and freeway changes. Embark's first truck is loaded with several different sensors, LiDAR arrays, and optical cameras. The truck has a complex system comprising of graphical processing units from Nvidia, and components that act as the brain of the truck. The sensors capture live data in real-time, which is then used for monitoring the truck. Even with such advanced technology, the company still needs to tackle a lot of challenges before their trucks can actually be made available to the public. Embark is working to address the current driver shortage by trying to automate a large fraction of highway driving.so that the strain on drivers is reduced. Embark is working on their next project with Peterbilt. The project involves manufacturing fuel tanks that hold 2 days’ worth of gas so that trucks can move for two days straight.

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