University of Cambridge machine learning PhDs are injecting more intelligence into self-driving car technology.
Today Wayve announced that they are pioneering end-to-end machine learning algorithms to make autonomous vehicles a day to day reality for everyone. Several technology companies and auto manufacturers have invested billions into solving the self-driving car problem over the last decade, with vast teams of engineers, so why aren’t autonomous vehicles on the roads today in a meaningful way? Wayve believes the industry has been doing too much hand-engineering and too little machine learning.
“The missing piece of the self-driving puzzle is intelligent algorithms, not more sensors, rules and maps,” says Wayve Co-Founder and CEO, Amar Shah. “Humans have a fascinating ability to perform complex tasks in the real world, because our brains allow us to learn quickly and transfer knowledge across our many experiences. We want to give our vehicles better brains, not more hardware.”
“Building a self-driving system which can safely drive on roads is too difficult to hand-engineer,” says Wayve Co-Founder and CTO, Alex Kendall. “We’re betting on technology like reinforcement and imitation learning; we think machine learning will provide the breakthrough to deliver autonomous vehicles for everyone, everywhere.”
“The talented team at Wayve is pushing the forefront of machine learning technology into the world of self-driving. State-of-the-art machine learning is essential for successful self-driving,“ says Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani, Chief Scientist of Uber and an investor in Wayve.
Founded by a world-class team from Cambridge University, Wayve is testing their algorithms on public UK roads. The company has previously raised investment from New York based Compound, European fund Fly Ventures and London based firstminute capital.
“Backing a team of Wayve’s technical calibre in combination with their world class advisors is something we are extremely excited about,” says Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder and General Partner at firstminute. “Britain has some of the finest machine learning engineers in the world and Cambridge based Wayve is at the forefront of developing techniques that can help driving models learn with less data.”
Wayve’s team includes leading experts in robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence from both Cambridge and Oxford universities with experience from the world’s best technology innovators including NASA, Google, Facebook, Skydio and Microsoft. Their work ranges from using deep learning for visual scene understanding to autonomous decision making in uncertain environments with prominent Professors including Zoubin Ghahramani, Roberto Cipolla and Yoshua Bengio.
Wayve is being supported by Admiral through this trial in providing fully comprehensive insurance cover on the vehicle. “Admiral is delighted to be supporting this trial. We are excited by the vision presented by Wayve and their focus for on-road testing is seen as crucial in understanding the risks and impact of autonomous systems being brought to our roads,” says Head of Automotive Partnerships at Admiral, Gareth Rees.
Wayve is hiring for positions in its Cambridge UK based headquarters.
Wayve is a self-driving technology startup that is pioneering the most advanced artificial intelligence software for the next generation of self-driving cars. Founded by a team out of Cambridge University, the company tests their autonomous vehicle software on public UK roads. For more information, visit https://wayve.ai.