If we want our cars to handle the driving for us, they’re going to have to not only follow programming, but “think” for themselves. Toyota and BMW know that at least as well as any other automakers in the business. Which is why they’ve invested in Cartica AI.
Where most artificial intelligence systems are based, at some level, on human supervision, Cartica’s AI operates by itself, using real-world data to glean valuable information that will inform the self-driving cars of the future. Where most AIs are predicated on “deep learning,” Cartica’s is entirely self-learning, granting, in short, more autonomy to autonomous vehicles.
“Our goal is to introduce a novel, yet proven, AI approach to the automotive industry,” explains Cartica AI’s co-founder and CEO Igal Raichelgauz, “which will pave the way for a safer and more autonomous transportation.”
The automotive offshoot of Cortica, itself spun off from the Technion in Haifa, Cartica AI has been working on it for over a decade, and amassed more than 200 patents along the way. Both German mega-supplier Continental and Israeli venture-capital firm OurCrowd have invested heavily in Cartica. And now both BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures – the tech-investment arms of the two major automakers – have bought into it as well.
“Cartica AI introduces a series of important technological advancements for an OEM ranging from low compute requirements and low energy consumption, to a transparent decision-making process of the computer vision-based perception stack. Updates to the system can be included within minutes without the need to re-run vast amounts of training data like neural network-based approaches,” noted BMW’s Kasper Sage. “This is of immense value before a new system release. We believe Cartica will thus play a key role in the development of Autonomous Driving and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) by OEMs and Tier 1s, allowing them to design safe and predictable solutions that fulfill the strict requirements of the market.”