‘Bet­ter brains’ for cars

The Witness - Wheels - - TRENDS - — Wheels Re­porter.

UNIVER­SITY of Cam­bridge ma­chine pro­fes­sors have launched Wayve, a self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy startup that makes artificial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware for the next gen­er­a­tion of self-driv­ing cars.

The com­pany an­nounced that they are pi­o­neer­ing end-to-end ma­chine learn­ing algorithms to make au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles a day to day real­ity for every­one.

They asked why aren’t au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles on the roads to­day in a mean­ing­ful num­bers de­spite sev­eral tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies and auto man­u­fac­tur­ers hav­ing in­vested bil­lions into solv­ing the self-driv­ing car prob­lem over the last decade.

Wayve said the in­dus­try has been do­ing too much hand-engi­neer­ing and too lit­tle ma­chine learn­ing.

“The miss­ing piece of the self-driv­ing puz­zle is in­tel­li­gent algorithms, not more sen­sors, rules and maps,” said Wayve Co-Founder and CEO, Amar Shah in a state­ment. “Hu­mans have a fas­ci­nat­ing abil­ity to per­form complex tasks in the real world, be­cause our brains al­low us to learn quickly and trans­fer knowl­edge across our many ex­pe­ri­ences. We want to give our ve­hi­cles bet­ter brains, not more hard­ware.”

“Build­ing a self-driv­ing sys­tem which can safely drive on roads is too dif­fi­cult to hand-en­gi­neer,” said Wayve Co-Founder and CTO, Alex Ken­dall. “We’re bet­ting on tech­nol­ogy like re­in­force­ment and imi­ta­tion learn­ing; we think ma­chine learn­ing will pro­vide the break­through to de­liver au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles for every­one, ev­ery­where.”

Pro­fes­sor Zoubin Ghahra­mani, Chief Sci­en­tist of Uber and an in­vestor in Wayve said the team is push­ing the fore­front of ma­chine learn­ing adding state-of-the-art ma­chine learn­ing was es­sen­tial for suc­cess­ful self-driv­ing.

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