The COVID-19 pandemic has caused different results for various services. While some have actually stood to benefit (believe Zoom, Facebook and bidet startup Tushy), others have been hit tough and laid off workers in order to endure. However there are some that fall someplace in the middle. Self-governing driving startup Voyage believes it is not explicitly benefiting, but it’s not at danger of going under either, states CEO Oliver Cameron. Cameron’s reaction to the pandemic centers around three areas: traveler operations, technology and company-building
. While operations have halted, Voyage is moving forward with its innovation and has moved the business to a 100%remote-work environment. With a post-pandemic world in mind, Cameron pictures more need for autonomous cars. Before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Voyage had already paused its consumer operations, which primarily serve elders in retirement communities.”We did that because, obviously, seniors are disproportionately impacted by this and it would be horrific for Voyage to
be patient absolutely no in the retirement community and this is something we were operating out of an abundance of care, “states Cameron.”So we paused our operations from a consumer service point of view really early and we will not open those up for quite a long time. It’s tough to say at what specific point because it seems like the agreement is it will be a progressive opening up of the economy, implying some populations will be fine to go back to work and there will be some that are substantially impacted, like senior citizens, that are efficiently locked down for an extended amount of time. We’re not in a rush to get that back up and running until we hear from the neighborhood itself that it’s OKAY to do that.” Regardless of the hiatus in operations, Trip is still running simulations and using a range of automated testing tools to figure out if it is making development. For instance, Trip uses automation to test for
regressions in perception. An obstacle in perception is false negatives and false positives– that is, seeing something that isn’t there or not seeing something that exists, Cameron explains.”And we have this quite cool tool that allows us to monitor with each understanding release if we are seeing regressions based on understanding performance in the past,” he says.”We don’t require to be there in the genuine
world to see that. We can simply tell instantly if that is the case.”Voyage likewise has a method of checking various permutations of environments to see how its planning and forecast software application can deal with various situations. Then, of course, it uses more conventional simulation tools offered by Applied Instinct.
“However we don’t trick ourselves into thinking that simulation or automated testing makes up for all that real-world testing brought to the table,” Cameron says. “It does not, and there’s definitely going to be a long time that we need to invest as soon as wedo get
back on the roadway, repairing issues that we simply could not find as an outcome of not being on the roadway.”From a business and personnel standpoint, Trip has likewise transitioned into a remote-working company. It hasn’t been a distraction, according to Cameron, because Voyage embraced remote work some time back.”We’re fortunate that we have the ability to weather the storm,
“Cameron states.” We have actually got a good piece of money in the bank and, fortunately, we raised at an affordable time– at the end of in 2015– so we’re going to be fine.” Many business in the tech environment have actually been required to lay off
staff members in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voyage, however, will apparently not be among them. As Cameron noted, Trip raised a$31 million round in September.”There’s been a great deal of discussion about terrific companies will weather this and the companies that were going to pass away anyway will pass away. I make certain there is some truth to that, however a few of it is just luck. Some of it is that you raised at a time you didn’t know was necessary, but ended up being rather crucial. And, you understand, our burn has always been low compared to others in the area. For us, we’ve always saved, and it turns out that’s quite essential in a pandemic.”Regardless of Trip’s usage of simulation, its automated testing and healthy savings account, the pandemic is still a significant complication. “I think it’s got to set everybody back,”Cameron says. “I think there is a spectrum and there are business that stand to gain from this. We have actually
seen with Zoom they stand to benefit from this. Remote working tools, they stand to benefit from this. And after that you go all the other way to the end of
the spectrum– those that are actively affected like airline companies, ridesharing, scooters and I believe we’re someplace in the middle. The factor we’re in the middle is because in a post-virus world, I’m pretty sure habits alter. It’s TBD on for how long those behaviors last, however it’s clear that behaviors are going to alter. “In that world where behaviors alter, Cameron bets that driverless automobiles will include more worth than standard ride-hailing services. In a world where individuals might still be hesitant to enter an automobile with complete strangers, a driverless cars and truck would alleviate those fears, he says.”In the short term, everybody’s impacted,”he states. “There’s a slowdown in
everything. In the medium and long term, we’ll be great because I believe the need is still there for driverless vehicles and a lot more so for those disproportionately impacted. ” Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.