BMW, Toyota, Osram invest in AI processor startup: Page 2 of 2

August 06, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With its idea of developing a very performant yet power-efficient AI processor chip, startup company Recogni (“Realtime Object Recognition”) is inspiring above all companies from the automotive industry. Now carmakers BMW and Toyota as well as tier two supplier Osram participated in a funding round.

"We firmly believe in sensor fusion based on camera, radar and lidar, but the computing requirements for these algorithms remain one of the critical bottlenecks in autonomous driving," said Sebastian Stamm, Investment Manager at Fluxunit. "Recogni solves this problem with a very innovative approach".

Recogni plans to use the fresh capital to develop the most powerful perception system to date. It fuses visual and lidar/radar data using state-of-the-art technology. At the same time, the company continues to expand its development team. Recogni is in discussions with several car manufacturers to provide them with its basic technology from modules to software.

"The challenges within the autonomy ecosystem of levels 2+, 3, 4 and 5 range from the acquisition or generation of training data for neural networks to their real-time execution. In addition, these vehicles require the performance of a data center and yet consume only the smallest amount of energy," explains RK Anand, CEO of Recogni, "In developing an all-new system for the automotive industry with a focus on maximum efficiency and lowest energy consumption, we benefit from our technological background in machine learning, computer vision, chip and system design.

For Osram, investing in Recogni is a step towards transforming itself from a lighting manufacturer into a high-tech photonics company active in various future fields such as autonomous driving. Through its venture capital arm Fluxunit, Osram plans to develop and contribute comprehensive expertise in optical semiconductors for lighting and sensor applications in the automotive sector.

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