Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai announced Tuesday that, Andrew Ng has joined its board of directors. Ng was the chief scientist at Chinese tech giant Baidu until March, and previously founded and led the Google Brain project, an artificial intelligence effort. “This is one horse worth betting on,” Ng told CNN Tech. He sees Drive.ai as well-positioned in the competitive world of self-driving technology because of how heavily it relies on automation.
Unlike many of its competitors, Drive.ai doesn’t manually teach its cars to recognize the different types of traffic lights around the world. These lights come in all shapes and sizes. So programming individual rules for what all traffic lights look like is time intensive. Instead, Drive.ai exposes vehicles to thousands of traffic lights, so that it learns independently to identify the signals. Ng believes this should help Drive.ai more quickly deploy its vehicles