Do you know the Trolley Problem? Well, our Head of Product and Partnerships, Ben Landen, hates it. In our latest conversation, we ask him what he sees as the problem with the trolley problem and which AV-related ethical dilemmas he thinks we should be thinking about instead.


LUKE RENNER: This is Advanced Autonomy. I’m Luke Renner. Today, we’re going to discuss the problem with the trolley problem. The trolley problem is an ethical dilemma common to the self-driving space. Here’s how it works: there is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them.

Now, you are standing some distance away (you’re off in the train yard), and you’re standing next to a lever. …

Advanced Autonomy Podcast Episode 2


LUKE RENNER: This is Advanced Autonomy. I’m Luke Renner. My guest today is a colleague of mine here at Cyngn, Tim Varecka. Tim is the director of engineering and has been developing technology solutions for his entire career. Before joining Cyngn he was in charge of new product development for Hexagon, an organization focused on digital transformation in the mining industry. Now at Cyngn, he takes his experience developing products even further by helping mining operations integrate advanced autonomous systems into the vehicles they already own.

In this conversation, we’ll be talking about the intersection of autonomous vehicles and…


LUKE RENNER: This is advanced autonomy. I’m Luke Renner. My guest today is a colleague of mine here at Cyngn, Biao Ma. Biao is the VP of engineering and the head of autonomy. He spent his entire career in this space, bringing engineering expertise to the entire technology stack. This includes perception, planning and control, mapping and localization, and simulation. He was a software architect for Baidu’s autonomous driving division and has a master’s degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

In this conversation, we’ll be talking about the five significant changescambios that have come to the autonomous…

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, Advanced Autonomy. Follow along for fascinating discussions on the rise of self-driving vehicles, including interviews with industry leaders, technical conversations with engineers, and insider stories.

No time to luxuriate in autonomous vehicle podcasting revelry? No worries! Transcript is below for speed readers.


LUKE RENNER: This is Advanced Autonomy. I’m Luke Renner.

My guest today is a colleague of mine here at Cyngn, Ben Landen. Ben is the Senior Director of Product and Partnerships, and if we’re being honest, my boss. Ben has been in the self-driving space for…

MENLO PARK, CA — On April 1st, 2021, my company, Cyngn, premiered its brand new innovation, the Cyngn Horse. The April Fool’s video was an instant classic, garnering 8,000 organic views in its first weekend and leading to press hits on MSN and CNET.

For me, it represented one of the better contentcontenu launches of my career so I thought I would take a few moments to show you how we got it done.

Start with Concept

A few weeks before April 1st, my CEO asked us what we were going to do for April Fools. His question actually surprised me. Cyngn delivers…

In recent years, companies have really gotten into the spirit of April Fool’s by creating some create videos and/or launching fake products. Below is a round-up of my favorites.

1. Cyngn Launches Its Latest Innovation

2. Burger King launches the Chocolate Whopper

3. Netflix Acquires Seth Rogan

4. Man Crates Sells Wolly Mammoth Meat

5. Virgin Australia Launches In-Flight Spin Classes

6. Google Maps Puts Out a Call to Crown the World’s Pokemon Master

7. Google Launches (Drops?) Google Parachute

8. Warby Barker: Glasses for Dogs

9. Honda Hair

10. YouTube was a Contest the Whole Time

11. Tesla Model S Ticket Avoidance System

12. Soda Stream Launches Soda Soak

13. Lexus Matches You with the Car of Your Genes

14. Logitech’s Business Speak (BS) Detector

15. T-Mobile’s First Smart Shoe Phone

16. Roku Happy Streaming Socks

17. Tech21 Launch FlexChoc, the Chocolate Smart Phone Case

Since the early days of the pandemic, Cyngn has been using its 3D printers to produce critical PPE for the healthcare industry. The effort has been ongoing for eleven months.

In April, Emily McNamara, Cyngn’s Director of Operations, came across a campaign to bring more resources to bear on the problem of PPE shortages.

“The need was great and our equipment was just sitting there while we were all working remotely,” said McNamara. “This seemed like a real opportunity for us to contribute to the pandemic effort.”

While on Zoom calls, the company went to work implementing its PPE plan…

Formel D will help Cyngn deliver quality assurance and process optimization across the entire autonomous vehicle stack. The partnership marks a key milestone for Cyngn’s ongoing effort to deliver scalable, secure, and reliable autonomous vehicle solutions to a variety of industries and domains

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 4, 2021 ( — Cyngn, the autonomous vehicle organization, announced a partnership with Formel D, the international service provider to the automotive technology and supply industry. The collaboration will help Cyngn deploy DriveMod, its autonomous vehicle technology, across a variety of industries and applications.

“For us, the Formel D partnership was a perfect fit,” said Cyngn’s CEO Lior Tal. “For the last five years, we have been developing our autonomous driving technology and deploying it in a variety of industrial use cases. …

Although frequently interchanged in the self-driving vehicle space, it’s important to understand that automation and autonomous do not mean the same thing.

We can think of automation as a technology’s ability to perform rigid and repetitive tasks. The paths and functions of these technologies are usually programmed in advance and lack the ability to depart from that predetermined functionality — and when the unexpected happens, they usually require human intervention.

The Roomba is an example of this kind of automation. As the robotic vacuum meanders around your house, it knows that it needs to change directions when it hits a…

Luke A. Renner

Director of Marketing for Cyngn. Cyngn makes it easy for companies to bring self-driving capabilities to the fleets they already manage.

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