the noise surrounding driverless cars has been getting louder in recent years
But there's one company who is looking to introduce driverless public transport; meet FiveAI
Love them or loathe them, driverless cars are, more than likely, here to stay. At the forefront of using the power of autonomy to drive society in a new direction is Five AI: an AI-focused company, looking to provide a fully autonomous, shared transport service.
Based in Cambridge, the company has already raised a cool £26.8 million as they look to bring their two-part business plan to life. Indeed, FiveAI will kick things off by building its very own autonomous driving system, before releasing a fleet of self-driving taxis to take on the likes of Uber.
With financial backing from the government and the company already working on a congestion-cutting scheme with Transport for London, FiveAI's CEO and co-founder, Stan Boland, believes the world is ready for this innovative movement.
So, how will the company's driverless cars work? Well, as you can imagine, it's not a simple task but, in a nutshell, the idea is to create a system that uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in order to make fast, accurate and safe decisions on the road.
A series of complex algorithms to actually drive the cars aside, however, the real challenge for the team at FiveAI lies in finding a way to codify human behaviour. Even with the extensive gathering of data from CCTV accident and cognitive psychology analysis, the process of building a system that reacts to real-world situations safer than humans is going to be a long and winding road.
With so many complex tasks facing them, we know the one question that you're dying to ask: when will driverless cars be available from Five AI?
Well, if all goes to plan, Boland thinks 2021 isn't out of the picture. Trying to get a potentially skeptical public to put their lives in the hands of a fully automated car, however, might take a little while longer.