Honda in AI drive with Chi­nese firm

The Hindu Business Line - - AUTO FOCUS -

As part of its ef­forts to es­tab­lish au­to­mated driving tech­nolo­gies and work to­wards a col­li­sion­free so­ci­ety, Honda R&D Co, an arm of Honda Motor Co, has signed a five-year joint re­search and de­vel­op­ment con­tract with Chi­nese IT firm SenseTime Group.

SenseTime is highly re­garded on a global ba­sis as a com­pany that ex­cels in im­age recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies, es­pe­cially recog­ni­tion of mov­ing ob­jects, pow­ered by deep learn­ing tech­nol­ogy, one of the most ad­vanced AI tech­nolo­gies.

In this joint R&D drive, com­bin­ing SenseTime’s mov­ing ob­ject recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies with Honda’s AI al­go­rithms for scene un­der­stand­ing, risk pre­dic­tion and ac­tion plan­ning, the two com­pa­nies will de­velop highly-so­phis­ti­cated au­to­mated driving tech­nolo­gies, which will en­able com­plex au­to­mated driving in ur­ban areas.

More­over, this joint R&D will not be lim­ited to au­to­mated driving, as the two com­pa­nies plan to ex­pand the joint ac­tiv­i­ties into the area of ro­bot­ics.

The AI al­go­rithms to be ap­plied for au­to­mated driving sys­tems will es­ti­mate the driving en­vi­ron­ment and the be­hav­iours and in­ten­tions of pedes­tri­ans and vehicles. It will also pre­dict the fu­ture po­si­tions based on the re­sults and will de­cide on the ac­tions by the ve­hi­cle such as stop­ping, start­ing and avoid­ing.

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