Bilateral startup develops self-driving cars

Ascent Robotics, a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics startup company, hopes to have an autonomous car ready for demonstration in the next two years, as reported by Automotive News Canada on September 11. Ascent Robotics was co-founded by Fred Almeida, a Canadian machine-learning expert. The company has set its sights on showcasing a Level 4 autonomous vehicle — one that is capable of fully automated driving within metropolitan areas — at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ascent Robotics says it has developed an AI design that takes advantage of human neuroscience to better mimic casual reasoning, potentially making cars that think like humans instead of just following human commands.

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