July 17, 2024
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Waabi uses generative artificial intelligence for autonomous driverless transport

Artificial intelligence is transforming the transportation industry, helping to drive advancements in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

Toronto-based startup Waabi is embracing generative AI to deliver autonomous vehicles at scale, starting with the long-haul trucking sector.

At GTC in March, Waabi announced that it will use NVIDIA DRIVE Thor centralized car computer to bring to market a safe and generative AI-powered autonomous transportation solution: the Waabi Driver.

As the company plans to launch fully driverless operations next year, Waabi is revitalizing the industry with an autonomous driving solution that is capital efficient, can safely handle new on-road scenarios, and ultimately scales commercially.

Waabi is being developed in NVIDIA DRIVE operating systemthe company's operating system for safe, AI-defined autonomous vehicles.

The innovative startup has pioneered an approach that focuses on combining two generative AI systems: a “teacher,” called Waabi World, an advanced simulator that trains and validates a “student,” called Waabi Driver, a unique, end-to-end AI system capable of human-like reasoning and fully interpretable.

When combined together, these systems reduce the need for extensive on-road testing and enable a safer, more efficient, high-performance and scalable solution.

“We are excited to have a deep collaboration with NVIDIA to bring generative AI to the edge, in our vehicles, at scale,” said Raquel Urtasun, founder and CEO of Waabi.

Generative AI accelerates the development of autonomous vehicles by “offering an end-to-end system where, rather than requiring hundreds of engineers to develop a system by hand, it provides the ability to learn basic models that can be run unsupervised by observing and acting on the world,” Urtasun added.

Waabi's collaboration with NVIDIA is part of a series of milestones, including the $200 million Series B round with the participation of NVIDIA, its Working with the logistics company Uber Freightthe launch of its first commercial autonomous trucking routes in the U.S. and the opening of a trucking terminal near Dallas that will serve as the hub of the company’s operations in the Lone Star State.

“What we’re building for autonomous vehicles — combining AI-powered generative simulation with a base AI model specifically designed to act in the physical world — will enable faster, safer and more scalable deployment of this transformative technology around the world,” Urtasun said on the company’s website.

Listen to Urtasun Talk at GTC to learn more about the company's work using generative AI to develop autonomous vehicles.

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