Google-owned Artificial Intelligence focused company Gradient Ventures end up investing $6 Million in a startup developing autonomous vehicle systems. In the recent seed funding Scotty Labs, an interdisciplinary organization run by the students of Carnegie Mellon University raised a huge funding amount. Gradient Ventures led the seed funding round participated by, Hemi Ventures, Social+Capital, Horizons Ventures, Neuron.VC, Graph Ventures, and Gravity Ranch other than School Labs.
The startup works with the goal to take the autonomous vehicle technology up to the standard that people expected it to be. The nine people team at Scotty Labs works over a program that enables the drivers to remotely control their vehicle. Instead of letting the vehicle driving all by itself the Scooty Labs system makes it controllable from distance. The new technology works on “teleoperations’ which will now get a bigger exposure after Google’s support.
Scotty Lab's believe that the human intelligence is so amazing that it can tackle any of thrown complex situation. However, the artificial intelligence is yet not that much of skilled to attune or react to the dynamic circumstances of the real world. Currently, the team is working on the platform that let the drivers virtually control the vehicle in order to help out the AI. This means when an autonomous vehicle strikes to some tricky situation it will ask the driver for help and handover the control to the driver. Scooty Labs has built a remote operating gadget that controls the autonomous vehicle from a distance. On their way to success, the lab has already acquired its very first client named Voyage that expects them to deliver the antonyms vehicle as soon as possible. However, it may take months to years for the Scotty Labs to successfully built and ship the remote controlling autonomous car.
Scotty Labs need time to take their autonomous technology to autonomy 4 (levels of vehicle automation) for successfully achieving their goal. Currently, most of the tech giants testing their autonomous vehicle have achieved autonomy 3. The recent incident of Uber autonomous SUV hitting an old woman in Arizona proves the Scotty Lab’s idea right about the A.I.