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UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)

UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)

Update: 2020-02-05
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Interview begins: 5:25
Debrief begins: 46:38

Tekin Meriçli is the cofounder and CTO of Locomation, a company focused on developing autonomous trucking. Founded in 2018, Locomation hopes to implement autonomous driving technology into freight trucks to create convoys of semi-autonomous, highway-travelling trucks.

Tekin became interested in computer technology from a young age while growing up in Istanbul. An alumni of UT Austin, Bogaziçi, and Carnegie Mellon, he has a multitude of engineering experience in the field, which he brings to Locomation.

We discuss:

  • Ad: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (3:48 )

  • Tech community in Istanbul (7:37 )

  • DARPA challenge and Carnegie Mellon's advances in autonomous AI (11:36 )

  • The idea for Locomation and the Artificial General Intelligence problem (17:35 )

  • Locomotion truck convoys (23:56 )

  • Creating a business from autonomous driving (26:58 )

  • Locomation's progress to date (29:00 )

  • Truck drivers of Locomation (31:56 )

  • Implementing Locomation (37:07 , 41:33 )

  • Will Locomation be the first? (38:24 )

  • Decreased driver's pay vs. improved driving conditions (39:50 )

  • 5-10 year goals (44:38 )

Learn more about Locomation: https://locomation.ai/
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UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)

UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)

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