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Uber to advance autonomous cars by acquiring AI firm

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Multinational transportation network company Uber has announced that it has acquired computer vision startup Mighty AI.

Uber said that it hopes the acquisition will help to advance its technology for self-driving cars.

France 24 reports that whilst terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Uber said that some 40 employees from the Seattle-based firm would join its advanced technology group developing plans for autonomous taxis.

Mighty AI specialises in computer vision, a field within artificial intelligence that is used to better understand or label the surroundings of vehicles that will be deployed autonomously.

According to France 24 Jon Thomason, vice president of software engineering for the Uber division said, ‘The team at Mighty AI has built technology to label at scale using the latest AI and user experience techniques.’

‘Training our AI at increasing pace is critical to scaling our self-driving technology, and I look forward to bringing Mighty AI’s technology together with our existing labelling automation expertise to help us move even faster,’ added Thomason.

In a statement released by Uber, Daryn Nakhuda, Mighty AI’s chief executive said, ‘I’m excited to pair Mighty AI’s platform and expertise in generating high-quality labeled data with Uber ATG’s world-class research and engineering to accelerate the development of self-driving technology.’

 
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