Cyanogen has been going through a turmoil ever since the last few years. Nothing seems to be going right for the team consisting of a handful of engineers who once sent waves in the smartphone market with their near stock iteration of Android. Lately, Cyanogen seems to have rechristened itself as Cyngn. Not only that, the company is now moving away from developing Android OS, a shifting to a completely new territory of self-driving technology.
Back last year, Cyngn (formerly Cyanogen) marked its exit from developing full stack Android OS. Under the leadership of then-new CEO Lior Tal, the company pivoted itself into developing its own take on Android, which it referred to Modular OS. However, it failed to gain much popularity and the fact that it failed to receive funding forced the company to nearly shut shop late last year.
Froma team of once consisting of over 150 engineers, the startup reduced its work strength of just 30 employees.
Cyngn’s decision to charter into the automobile technology comes as a surprise. That said, it was quite evident that the startup powered by a small team of talented developers would cease to exist sooner than later. Instead of doing that, the firm led by CEO Loir Tal decided to venture into a territory that is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decade.
To power its entry into autonomous driving technology, Cyngn has hired talents from leading German automaker Mercedes Benz. They along with the company’s existing team of developers would be working on developing software and hardware for self-driving vehicles. Additionally, Cyngn would focus on building mapping and perception systems in its facilities based in Singapore and Palo Alto.
The journey from Cyanogen to Cyngn has been pretty turbulent. It would be interesting to see however Cyngn shapes up after entering the whole new market. The autonomous car market may be booming at an exponential rate, but it already has heavyweight players like Apple, Waymo, Google, Tesla among others.