Artificial intelligence is working behind the scenes in the automotive industry, and not just to make autonomous driving decisions. As today's vehicles get more and more complicated to build, Honda is using AI in the design and testing stages as well as in the vehicle inspection at the factory.
Honda made its AI stance clear at its booth at CES in Las Vegas in January, turning over a large portion of its space to companies that it is working with through the Honda Xcelerator program. Honda Xcelerator is a way for innovative startups to work with the automaker to "create transformative new technologies and businesses."
Dennis Clark, managing director of strategic venture partnerships at Honda Innovations, said Honda has designated a few factories around the world as test sites for this kind of technology, and that it is working with two startups that have an AI focus. The first is Monolith AI, which applies deep learning and AI to the design of parts, specifically CAD modeling. The second is UVeye, which applies vision machine learning to vehicle inspections.