We heard about this company whilst researching other small technology companies in the automotive space - and with the constant chatter about autonomous cars, here at Motoring Weekly, we felt that we should look at those companies that aren’t so well known today. Drive.ai was spawned from the Stanford University where the Artificial Intelligence Lab was developing systems. Moving to Mountain View in Silicon Valley in 2015, the original idea was to retrofit their kit to existing cars - a path that many of the autonomous vehicle platforms tried and moved away from. Only Waymo appears to be the only one travelling this path with their announcement to take production cars and add to them. Drive.ai says that they are building the “brain of self-driving vehicles” and secured $12M in funding during 2016 and then followed that up a year later with an extra $50M. They have also recently received a further $15M to continue their development which appears to be going rather well. … [Read More...]
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