Cyngen study shows AVs are cheaper and more productive
Cynng (or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CYN), a developer of innovative autonomous driving software solutions for industrial and commercial applications, has released a new case study quantifying the value Cyngn’s autonomous vehicle (“AV”) technology brings to Global Logistics and Fulfillment (“GLF”) ), a leading West Coast distribution, fulfillment services and third-party logistics (“3PL”) company. This is Cyngn’s first study quantifying the return on investment an organization can expect from investing in AV technology.
According to Cynng’s research, deploying an autonomous vehicle in GLF’s Las Vegas warehouse resulted in a dramatic increase in efficiency — almost immediately. The report found:
- a 64% reduction in human labor costs, compared to the use of forklifts.
- a 33% increase in productivity compared to using electric pallet trucks.
“The data speaks for itself,” says Lior Tal, CEO of Cynng. “There is almost no other intervention an organization can implement to increase productivity to these levels. Depending on the throughput of the organization, we estimate that this technology could easily save a third-party logistics organization over $100,000 per vehicle per year. »
In addition to the increased productivity, Cynng’s autonomous Stockchaser provided additional benefits. The vehicle provided GLF management with real-time operational analytics data and reports, created a safer working environment for GLF employees, and enabled further growth in GLF’s customer base. Finally, the Stockchaser served as tangible proof of GLF’s commitment to innovation, allowing them to continue to exceed their customers’ expectations.
“Working with Cynn on the implementation of an autonomous vehicle has really opened our eyes to endless possibilities and it’s part of what we’re trying to plan for the future,” added Kenn Morris, vice president of global logistics and fulfillment. “I hadn’t realized how quickly my team would get used to the autonomous vehicle.”
Due to the global e-commerce boom, the warehousing industry is growing rapidly and even industry stalwarts are struggling to scale their operations to meet the growing demand. As a result, traditional labor resources are drying up and becoming more expensive.
Global Logistics & Fulfillment (“GLF”) is no stranger to these trends. For more than 25 years, the company has been a leading provider of distribution, fulfillment and third-party logistics services. With warehouses in San Diego and Las Vegas, it maintains over 300,000 square feet of cumulative space for storage, packaging and assembly. Like many others in the industry, GLF has a growing customer base of its warehouse footprint. Today, their factory has never been busier, but the pressure on their workforce and the risk of losing business to competitors has never been higher.
Faced with rising labor costs, increasingly demanding customers and an urgent need to scale their business, GLF sought an innovative solution to streamline its operations. Enter the new DriveMod compatible standalone stock hunter from Cynng and Columbia Vehicle Group. After a brief onboarding period, the Autonomous Stockchaser complemented GLF’s workforce to haul pallets at its Las Vegas plant. In just a four-week pilot deployment period, the new Stockchaser was able to both dramatically increase labor productivity and deliver hardware cost savings.
Deploying Cynng’s DriveMod autonomous vehicle technology at GLF involved a simple yet robust set of steps:
- Perform a site assessment. First, Cynng interviewed GLF’s operations managers to gain an in-depth understanding of GLF’s process flows. Next, Cyngn field engineers inspected the GLF facility to document the Operational Design Domain (“ODD”), including lighting, lane widths, and types of obstacles the vehicle might encounter. From there, Cynng was able to identify transporting pallets from a fulfillment station to outbound shipping as the optimal use case for deployment.
- Map the facility. For an AV to work, it needs to know where it is in its environment. To do this, Cynng scanned the entire GLF facility to create a detailed virtual map.
- Mount the vehicle. Once the map was created, Cynng worked with GLF management to define the missions for the vehicle, which included the routes the vehicle would take and the stops where pallets could be loaded and unloaded onto the vehicle.
- Train key personnel. Finally, before the vehicle was put into full autonomous operation, Cynng trained GLF employees in the safe use of the vehicle. Then it was seamlessly integrated into their daily workflow.
Mouser points to the importance of driver monitoring systems
Mouser Electronics Inc., the industry’s first New Product Introductory Distributor (NPI) with the widest selection of Semiconductors and Electronic Components™, has released the latest chapter of its award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program. The new installment explores the importance of driver monitoring systems for occupant presence and status – such as fatigue or distraction – to help foster the safety required for Level 3 autonomous driving and beyond. The content of this fourth installment includes two articles, a blog, an infographic, a new episode of the The technology between us podcast and a So, now and then video.
The subject of driver monitoring systems explains the methods by which driver and occupant detection can mitigate adverse conditions using novel user interfaces. Cabin monitoring systems can detect signs of distracted or tired drivers as well as the presence and status of occupants to alert the driver.
“As the market begins to embrace more and more autonomous vehicles, vehicle and passenger safety is imperative,” said Glenn Smith, president and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Through this installment of EIT, we look forward to sharing the expert knowledge of industry leaders, helping our customers and subscribers understand this technology and its importance.”
In the last episode of The technology between us podcast, Modar Alaoui, Founder and CEO of Eyeris, joins host Raymond Yin, Director of Technical Content at Mouser Electronics, for a discussion on driver monitoring systems in vehicles, legislation around technology and hardware and the software behind the systems.
“I’m excited to chat with listeners at Raymond and Mouser about the exciting growth of embedded vision AI,” says Alaoui. “This pioneering technology has the potential to completely transform the way we interact with our vehicles and the way our vehicles protect us.”
The Driver Monitoring Systems episode is sponsored by Analog Devices, Infineon Technologies, Molex, NXP Semiconductors, onsemi and TE Connectivity.
Established in 2015, Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together program is one of the most recognized programs in the electronics component industry. To learn more, visit https://www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation and follow Mouser on Facebook and Twitter.
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VIDAS Intros Development Kit for Compound Eyes
Compound Eye, a leading developer of 3D sensing and perception software, has announced early access to its VIDAS development kit. VIDAS generates dense 3D outputs and per-pixel semantic class in a diverse set of on-road and off-road environments using only scalable passive sensors such as automotive-grade cameras.
VIDAS measures depth accurately without the need for lidar or radar. VIDAS enables vehicles to understand their surroundings in dense, real-time 3D, with applications ranging from in-dash displays to driving and range assistance. Software runs on an off-the-shelf on-board computer, delivering ten times the resolution of lidar at a cost ready to scale
VIDAS is the first system to merge information from stereo parallax, motion parallax and semantic cues in the environment, combining classical computer vision and modern machine learning.
Scale safe technology
Compound Eye’s VIDAS is built on industry standard hardware and is designed with OEM and Tier 1 in mind. For ease of packaging and integration, the cameras can be mounted almost anywhere on the vehicle . VIDAS is self-calibrating, can be adapted to work with a wide variety of automotive cameras, and works with OEM or third-party software. Compound Eye’s VIDAS perception software is the only dense 3D perception technology that does not require proprietary hardware.
Easy to install hardware
The Early Access VIDAS SDK includes two reference cameras, a compute module, a GPS antenna, two FAKRA cables, and a 12V power cable. Initial setup takes thirty minutes or less, and perception results may be viewed immediately on a tablet or laptop.
The VIDAS SDK includes VIDAS Operator for viewing and recording data and VIDAS Inspector for analyzing perceptual outputs.