Guident Acquires Additional IP
27 June 2019
("Tekcapital", the "Company" or "the Group")
Portfolio Company Update:
Guident Ltd Acquires Additional IP for
Remote Control of Autonomous Vehicles and Drones
Tekcapital Plc (AIM: TEK), the UK intellectual property (IP) investment group focused on creating marketplace value from investing in university technology, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company Guident Ltd has exclusively licensed U.S. patent # 9,964,948 B2 entitled: "Remote Control and Concierge Service for an Autonomous Transit Vehicle Fleet" from Florida International University.
This patent describes methods for assisting autonomous vehicles and drones by using their sensor inputs in coordination with a remote control centre with the ability to take over operation of a vehicle or drone from anywhere in the world, enabling it to navigate in a variety of difficult situations such as heavy weather, crowded and dangerous traffic scenarios, accident prevention and remediation, and off-grid and last mile package delivery. This proprietary method may improve both safety and consumer satisfaction with autonomous vehicles and drones.
Harald Braun, Chairman at Guident said,
"We are pleased to announce that Guident has acquired the exclusive license to U.S. patent 9,964,948 B2. This patent deals with the operation and control of autonomous vehicles and drones and describes methods and systems for assisting these vehicles remotely, to increase safety and help to bridge the gap towards Level 5 autonomy. We believe this back-up control system will improve the safety, utility and consumer adoption of autonomous vehicles and delivery drones."
In a recent survey by PWC1, 43% of respondents indicated that a key perceived disadvantage of AV relates to safety concerns. Guident is seeking to help address these concerns with IP and software to enhance the safety and practical utilization of AV's and drones.
The autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach US $65 billion by 20272 and the drone logistics and transportation market is projected to reach US $29 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 21% from 2022 to 2027.3
In the U.S. alone, approximately 50 m packages are delivered each day. This number is expected to rise to 100 m by 20264. Over the next few years, many of these deliveries are likely to be performed by autonomous vehicles and drones.
Recently, the United States Postal Service started a long-haul test for transporting mail using self-driving trucks, to help address driver shortages and reduce delivery times and costs.5 Walmart6 and Kroger7 also announced they are piloting grocery delivery via autonomous vehicles to reduce delivery costs, narrow delivery windows, make products more accessible and save time for their customers. Earlier this year, Amazon began field-testing a small, self-driving package delivery drone called the Amazon Scout.8
All of these delivery applications could potentially benefit from having a remote control center take over operation of these vehicles, when necessary, to prevent or address difficult situations and safety concerns and improve customer satisfaction.
Dr Clifford Gross, Chairman at Tekcapital commented: "We are delighted to see that Guident has exclusively acquired additional intellectual property rights to enhance the adoption and utilization of AV's. We believe that autonomous vehicles and drones will help democratize transportation and delivery. However, to enhance the safety and practicality of AV's, a back-up control centre, on stand-by, would enhance consumer confidence that unpredictable situations such as accidents and last mile package delivery mishaps can be handled properly in real-time. This would mind the gap in the foreseeable future between the vision of level 5 autonomy and the stubborn current reality of imperfect artificial intelligence."
About Guident, Ltd.
Guident commercialises new technology to enhance the utility, safety and enjoyment of autonomous vehicles and drones. Using its proprietary IP, Guident is developing Apps and IP that allow users of AV's to dispatch or control their vehicles remotely. To learn more please visit www.guident.co.
About Tekcapital plc
Tekcapital creates value from investing in new, university-developed intellectual properties and provides a range of IP investment services to make it easy for organisations to commercialise university-developed technology. Tekcapital is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: symbol TEK) and is headquartered in Oxford, in the UK. For more information, please visit www.tekcapital.com
For further information, please contact:
Via Yellow Jersey PR
Clifford M. Gross, Ph.D.
finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)
+44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Geoff Nash/ Max Bullen-Smith (Corporate Finance)
Camille Gochez (ECM)
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)
+44 (0) 20 7399 9427
Colin Rowbury (Corporate Broking)
Yellow Jersey Limited
+44 (0) 20 7933 8780
Tim Thompson / Annabel Atkins
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