Startup Watch: Aeva and Oryx

The New York Times recently ran a feature on a new Silicon Valley startup called Aeva, that aims to disrupt the autonomous vehicle sensor market. Two former Apple engineers are working on what sounds like essentially a lidar that measures velocity. Which, to be fair, would be a pretty big breakthrough.

The article was a little amusing in that it quoted Tarin Ziyaee, who is now the CTO of Voyage, the self-driving startup that spun out of Udacity. And, throughout the article, I thought, “Wow, this sounds a lot like Oryx,” a startup I met months ago with at the coffeeshop around the block from my house. Sure enough, at the end of the article:

“Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have built similar hardware, and companies like Velodyne and the start-ups Oryx Vision and Quanergy say they are exploring similar ideas.”

Small world.

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