Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How VR Can Spin the Odometer Forward for Simulated Self-Driving Cars

If time equals money, then the development of self-driving cars through road testing is in trouble. Researchers at RAND estimate that getting a self-driving car to reach the same level of accuracy as a human driver would require driving 11 billion test miles. To put that in perspective, in 2016, all the autonomous driving companies in California clocked just 700,000 miles combined.

Cognata, an Israel-based startup and member of our Inception program, aims to accelerate the time it takes to fully train an autonomous vehicle by enabling driving within a virtual environment. Using a combination of AI, deep learning and computer vision, the company has created what might be thought of as a time machine for developing vehicles that will take us from point A to B without us having to touch the steering wheel.