Autonomous buses with AI from AXA coming to Florida soon

Driverless vehicles are becoming popular, thanks in part to rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Many companies are competing to add this technology to larger vehicles, including public transport. One company in this space is AXA.

While attending Google Cloud Next in San Francisco, Oxa officials told Decrypt about the company’s vision for autonomous transportation, working with transportation technology company Beep, and using Google Cloud Suite tools.

„Our mission is to provide the software capability to control Beep’s vehicles so they can safely transport people on their daily routes to work and play,” said Oxa’s CEO Kevin Jackson in an interview with Decrypt.

Last week, Oxa from England, Advertising A deal with autonomous transportation developer Beep to bring its technology to the U.S. is likely to start with a fleet of autonomous and electric buses in Florida and expand to other places Beep already serves, including California and North Carolina.

Initially launched as Oxbotica in 2014, the company raised $140 million in Series C funding in January with investments from Aioi Nisay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd, ENEOS Innovation Partners, BP Ventures and others.

One of the problems Axa It seeks to address congestion caused by single-occupancy vehicles on roads. The company says it hopes to make urban transportation more efficient and sustainable using autonomous buses and minibuses.

Oxa CTO and President Paul Newman said that while his company is focused on reducing congestion on highways, single-driver autonomous cars, in his opinion, will not alleviate the congestion problem that major highways face today.

„We don’t think that applying autonomy to single-occupant personal cars or robotaxis like Uber will dramatically improve things, rather it will ultimately make things worse,” Newman said. „I don’t think it’s good for society in general.”

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Computer scientists have been working on autonomous vehicles since the 1980s, when a team in Munich, Germany designed the Mercedes-Benz robotic van. Technology.

Today, the number of car manufacturers that do not require human drivers continues to grow Companies Tesla, General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen are working on bringing self-driving cars to market.

„The position we’re trying to take is to treat regulators almost like co-founders, a partner in letting the technology move forward,” said Newman, who has worked with Oxa regulators since the company’s inception. „I think it’s very important for the social contract,” he said.

These pledges and pledges are part of transparency, Jackson said.

„I think it’s very important, and I like the idea of ​​being open with regulators thinking about this because it’s very important,” he stressed.

Civilian vehicles are not the only area where AI will have an impact. Governments are also looking for ways to take advantage of this technology. On Monday, Undersecretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks unveiled the Pentagon’s new initiative, dubbed the Replicator, which „aims to deploy large-scale autonomous systems in multiple domains over the next 18 to 24 months.”

Meanwhile, July saw American defense firm Kratos Defense successfully complete its latest flight of its AI-piloted fighter jet, the XQ-58A Valkyrie.

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