Early detection and protection of weaker road users are important applications for artificial intelligence in the vehicles of the future.
Early detection and protection of weaker road users are important applications for artificial intelligence in the vehicles of the future.
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Continental invests in AI Start-up

| Author/ Editor: Maximiliane Reichhardt / Jochen Schwab

Continental acquires minority stake in Israeli start-up Cartica Al. The automotive supplier wants to use the company to prepare systems for use on the road more quickly.

Continental has acquired a minority interest in the start-up company Cartica AI. The Israeli company develops artificial intelligence (AI) software. Cartica AI's software is designed to accelerate machine learning in the field of object recognition. In this way, vehicle systems for automated driving could be confronted with new traffic situations more quickly in the future and trained. The parties have agreed not to disclose the amount of the investment.

Development turbo for object recognition

The supplier Continental relies on artificial intelligence technologies for object recognition in driver assistance systems. Using the sensor data and images, the software in the vehicle control units recognizes objects in road traffic. This environment recognition is then used to calculate the driving strategy. Up to now, the corresponding systems for object recognition have had to be extensively trained at the beginning with human support. The AI-based software from Cartica AI requires less manual input. Continental sees a chance that new vehicle systems can be prepared for use on the road more quickly with the help of start-up software. The software company is working on a "development turbo" for object recognition for the entire industry.

This article was first published in German by Automobil Industrie.