Torc Robotics acquiring Montreal-headquartered Algolux

by Today's Trucking

Torc Robotics — an independent Daimler Truck subsidiary that’s developing autonomous vehicles — has signed an agreement to acquire Montreal-headquartered Algolux.

Algolux has expertise in computer vision and machine learning.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Algolux to the Torc family,” said Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Torc CEO. “Algolux’s technology, at the intersection of deep learning, computer vision, and computational imaging, will help Torc strengthen key capabilities toward our commercialization of Level 4 autonomous trucking.”

Picture of Allan Benchetrit and Peter Vaughan Schmidt
Allan Benchetrit, president and CEO of Algolux, and Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Torc Robotics CEO. (Photo: Torc Robotics)

“Torc shares in our commitment to create robust technology to realize the potential of autonomy and help save lives, which is one of the many reasons why joining forces makes sense for our teams,” said Allan Benchetrit, Algolux president and CEO. “Algolux’s established team with deep expertise in artificial intelligence/machine learning talent and perception complements Torc’s already experienced engineering team.”

“This acquisition brings together Algolux’s end-to-end AI stack, from photons to behavior, with Torc’s pioneering autonomous technology. Add in a tightly integrated OEM truck platform and you have a dream scenario,” said Felix Heide, Algolux chief technology officer. “While many think of autonomous transportation as futuristic, this winning combination will help bring to market a commercially viable, safety-critical long-haul trucking application at scale.”

Autonomous system

Torc has been working closely with Algolux for over a year on multiple perception concepts and methods to improve object detection and distance estimation, while evaluating synergies between the two companies. Robust perception technology is key to helping Torc’s autonomous system correctly identify objects in difficult visual conditions such as low light, fog, or inclement weather.

Algolux software is currently operating on initial Freightliner Cascadia test vehicles and is being included in areas of Torc’s software development efforts. Algolux has offices in Palo Alto, Calif, and Munich, Germany.

The transaction will close after the parties complete various pre-closing activities, including any required approvals.

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