Self-driving startup Wayve taps Microsoft for ‘supercomputer muscle’


General view of the Microsoft Corporation headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – British startup Wayve said on Wednesday it would use supercomputer infrastructure designed for the company by its investor Microsoft (MSFT.O) to process large amounts of data while developing models based on machine learning for autonomous driving. cars.

Wayve’s technology relies on machine learning using camera sensors installed outside the vehicle, where the system learns from traffic patterns and the behavior of other drivers, instead of the conventional method of s Support detailed digital maps and coding to tell vehicles how to operate. .

“Microsoft provides supercomputers,” Wayve chief executive Alex Kendall told Reuters. “What we’re looking to do goes beyond the limits of what’s possible for today’s commercial cloud offerings.”

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Kendall said Microsoft would be able to process the terabyte of data — 1 trillion bytes, or the equivalent of about an hour of consumer video — that Wayve’s cars generate every minute.

It will help the startup develop its self-driving technology for trials in last-mile delivery vehicles with British online grocery technology company Ocado (OCDO.L) and supermarket chain Asda.

These grocery delivery trials will begin this year with a human safety operator on board.

“We view this as a commercial fleet offering,” he said. “That’s how we think autonomy is going to come to market first.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft participated in the London-based startup’s $200 million Series B funding round. Read more

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Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Jan Harvey

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