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Source: Sciecle Digital as of 07-03-2020

Thanks to VerCD, Uber has increased the frequency of manufacturing new datasets by 10 times.

On March 4, 2020, Uber detailed  in a lengthy blog post what was under the hood of its autonomous vehicles. In this article, we discover the daily life of the Advanced Technologies Group  (ATG). Their mission is to test, validate and deploy artificial intelligence models that should enable autonomous vehicles to function properly. The most important component of their work is called   VerCD,a set of tools developed specifically for the prototyping of autonomous vehicles..

VerCD: the keystone of the ATG

 the March 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona, in which an Uber autonomous vehicle fatally injured a pedestrian, the U.S. giant has not communicated much about the work of its crews.  Almost two years after this tragedy,    Uber decided to return to the spotlight by presenting VerCD, a way to show that it is still in the raceagainst the giant Waymo.

The majority of Uber‘s autonomous vehicle modules use machine learning models, allowing them to make journeys safely and accurately. One module consists of one or more machine learning models, and all modules form the autonomous system of vehicles. The 4 models that make up autonomous vehicles are:

  • Perception
  • Forecast
  • Anticipation of movements
  • Control

VerCD  saves Uber valuable time to upgrade and advance its autonomous vehicles.  This platform allows engineers to have a global view on the progress of the different modules. Uber states that:

VerCD is now a reliable source that allows us, for example, to test the sensors of our autonomous vehicles and to have a global view on their effectiveness in relation to a specific situation. By integrating our datasets into VerCD, we have increased the manufacturing frequency of new datasets by 10 times. This platform allows usto become moreefficient.”

Autonomous vehicles in Washington, D.C. in 2020?

Uber‘s autonomous vehicles   will drive on the streets  of Washington, D.C.  2020. The company recently explained that: “Our company was founded in Washington, D.C., in late 2011. Since then, we are proud to be partners in the capital of our country and wish to run our autonomous vehiclesthere.”

To reassure residents, Uber states that for  security reasons” “we are working closely with local stakeholders and municipal officials.” If all goes well, autonomous cars will soon arrive in the American capital,       quite a symbol.

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