Untether to develop autonomous vehicle perception for General Motors

Untether to develop autonomous vehicle perception for General Motors

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By Peter Clarke

AI processor firm Untether AI (Toronto, Ontario) has formed a collaboration with General Motors to develop next-generation artificial intelligence perception systems for autonomous vehicles.

The collaboration is supported by funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). OVIN is providing C$1 million towards a total project cost of about C$3 million.

Under the agreement, Untether AI and GM will work together to demonstrate an autonomous vehicle perception system based on Untether AI’s at-memory computation technology.

“This demonstration project with General Motors illuminates the future of AI-powered perception systems that will make autonomous vehicles a reality,” said Arun Iyengar, CEO of Untether AI.

Multiple inputs

Audiovisual perception systems use AI, in the form of neural networks, to understand the environment around the vehicle, which is critical to the functionality of autonomous vehicles. These systems are highly complex since they must make sense of many external inputs, such as multiple channels of video cameras, radar, ultrasound, and lidar data.

GM will contribute guidance and insight on AV perception system requirements, as well as providing access to the neural network technology that is utilized in the company’s current AV perception system. The project’s goal is to help increase autonomous vehicle performance by providing faster and more accurate vision response, reducing the power draw of various AV systems to increase battery life, and even helping to enable the downsizing of vehicle batteries. Additionally, this solution will aim to save on overall autonomous vehicle control system cost.

GM Ventures, the global venture capital arm of General Motors, has been a strategic investor in Untether AI since 2018.

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