Former Uber employee made perfect autopilotDecember 20, 2018
Anthony Lewandowski, one of the main participants in the conflict between Uber and Waymo, announced a breakthrough in the development of autonomous control systems. According to the engineer, his startup Pronto AI managed to build an advanced second-level system and drive a Toyota Prius equipped with it from one US coast to another without driver intervention.
Lewandowski claims that the technology created by him is just an advanced autopilot of the second level of autonomy. It receives data only from cameras and basic digital maps of the area. The autopilot is running a neural network created from scratch that combines the capabilities of self-learning artificial intelligence, deep learning methods and computer vision.
Such a system, Lewandowski believes, does not try to tell a car how to drive, but learns to drive just like people. The hardware-software complex Pronto is able to predict the behavior of traffic participants and make decisions based on this decision. The system operates in low light conditions, direct sunlight, snowfall and rain, and is also capable of driving on new highways based on previous experience.
The first commercial product of the Lewandowski company will be called Copilot by Pronto. It will be an advanced set of driver assistance systems (ADAS), designed for long-haul trucks, mining trucks and tourist buses. Copilot debut will take place early next year.