Found in 2017, Humanising Autonomy envisions a future where people around the world can naturally and intuitively interact with autonomous systems. It has, therefore, created a new category of human-centred products that help people and autonomous systems to better understand, interact, and work with each other.
Recently it raised $5.3m in funding which was led by global fintech and insurtech investor Anthemis Group. The funds will be used to deploy Humanising Autonomy’s AI-powered technology in newer markets. The technology is already available in the US, Japan, Germany, and the UK.
The insurtechs uses ubiquitous visual camera to predict the full range of pedestrian and vulnerable road user behaviour in real time. The software is integrated n both human-driven and autonomous vehicles, to increase the safety of vulnerable road users, help with regulatory compliance, and reach Vision Zero goals. The company aims to set the global standard for human-machine interactions with its prediction platform that predicts the full range of pedestrian behaviour across different environments and cities.
The technology uses a set of machine learning modules which are trained to identify different pedestrian behaviours. The success of the model comes from two things one is the data sources (data was collected from CCTV, dashcams, autonomous vehicle sensors and collaboration with different institutions to source more data) and second is the modular nature of the models which can tell if someone is at risk or is distracted etc. Finally, the technology is made into modules which makes them customizable to different processing requirements. This makes is easy to integrate and enables working at all levels of automation.
The system is scalable and can be used in other industries apart from autonomous vehicles. That is, the modules can be retrained to fit the needs of warehouses and manufacturing facilities where robots are used. This helps us to not build the technology from scratch and scale it up quickly as per the customer needs.
The company is now working with Daimler Mercedes Benz and Airbus in Europe, the US and Japan.
Matthew Jones, Principal at Anthemis, said: “Understanding and predicting complex human behaviour remains one of the biggest mobility-related technology challenges. We’re very proud to support Maya, Leslie, Raunaq and the team as they tackle this problem head on. We’re looking forward to seeing how the impact of this remarkable technology will enable further development of automated mobility systems in cities, as well as improving efficiency across automotive, logistics, manufacturing, aviation and smart infrastructure.”