Blue White Robotics

I always enjoy learning about new autonomous vehicle companies. Recently I heard from an Israeli startup called Blue White Robotics that is working with lots of different types of autonomous vehicles.

BWR offers an end-to-end service that includes robots, software, operations, and even “boots on the ground.” Their website has photos of drones and autonomous shuttles and self-driving cars, alongside business objectives that range from agricultural pollination to medical transportation to HAZMAT.

Their website sizes the company at 60 employees, which implies a fairly large existing operational portfolio.

Like Bestmile, the goal for Blue White Robotics appears to be a multi-modal platform that customers can configure for their specific needs. A little bit like “AWS for autonomy.”

This is a big goal and I am excited to see companies like BWR aiming for it.

Ireland and Israel

According to a story that popped up in my news feed, “Intel is expected to announce investment amounting to $4–5 billion in expanding production is Israel.”

This actually appears to have nothing to do (at least directly) with self-driving cars. Rather, Intel is ramping up chip production, which is a capital-intensive process.

However, this line from the article caught my eye: “Israel traditionally competes with Ireland in benefits offered to Intel in exchange for investment.”

I had never really thought of that, but I’m sure it’s a fact of life for technology executives in both countries. Two small, somewhat isolated, highly-educated, technology-focused countries on opposite edges of Europe, with strong ethnic and expatriate connections to the United States. Of course Israel traditionally competes with Ireland. Now that I think about it, they seem like practically the same country.

And this is interesting because Israel has such a dynamic autonomous vehicle industry. Mobileye, of course, but also research centers for many automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and a cluster of autonomous vehicle startups.

Ireland has been less active in the autonomous vehicle market, but if you believe the theory that Ireland and Israel are practically the same country, then presumably the autonomous vehicle industry is coming to Ireland.

And, indeed, Jaguar Land Rover is building their autonomous vehicle team in Shannon. Keep an eye on the Emerald Isle.