Uber announced on Wednesday 26 June that it has acquired computer vision startup Mighty AI to help advance the technology for its self-driving cars.
The ride-hailing giant said some 40 employees from the Seattle-based firm would join Uber’s Advanced Technology Group developing plans for autonomous taxis, but declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition.
Mighty AI specializes in computer vision, a technology used to better understand or “label” the surroundings of vehicles that will be deployed autonomously.
“The team at Mighty AI has built technology to label at scale using the latest AI and user experience techniques”, said Jon Thomason, vice president of software engineering for the Uber division.
He added, “Training our AI at an 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.”
Daryn Nakhuda, Mighty AI’s chief executive, said in a statement released by Uber: “I’m excited to pair Mighty AI’s platform and expertise in generating high-quality labelled data with Uber ATG’s world-class research and engineering to accelerate the development of self-driving technology.”