Human-like Autonomous Vehicles

About

Verless is a startup devoted to obtaining data to train Driverless vehicles.

We aim to convert the daily, routine driving of thousands of ordinary people in their own cars into a data-gathering process, and then use this data to train AVs.

The Verless system mimics humans who drive well. It captures a driver’s perception: what the eyes are looking at, and what the ears hear, and correlates this with Actuation: how the hands interact with the steering wheel, and how the foot interacts with the accelerator and brake pedals. Correlating perception with actuation helps deduce brain functioning, and data obtained from this process is then implemented into Autonomous Vehicles.

Starting around 2016, Verless has used bootstrapping funds for intellectual property development, with three granted US patents having been obtained (in 2019 and 2020) covering much of the principles behind data acquisition, event detection, signature extraction and driver scoring. A PCT application is ready to enter National phase in other countries. Several more patent applications have been filed, and numerous additional patent applications are in the pipeline covering various aspects of autonomous vehicle training.

Verless is on the lookout for venture funding, technology partners and members to serve as advisers and on its board.

Verless was pioneered by Manika;  The seeds of Verless were sown several years back (around 2015) with a simple need of Manika: map the inside-building portions of tourist attractions, including museums. She handed over the technology aspects to her husband Ashok. An initial approach taken by Ashok was to use rolling shutter localization. Along the way, the need to autonomously drive to locations in a way closely mimicking humans arose. While Manika was concentrating on other aspects of Autonomous Vehicles, like policies for the introduction of AVs in Australia, Ashok spent a few years developing and refining various solutions to training AVs so that they closely mimic humans. The concepts of combining eye movements with hand/foot movements, detection of events, extraction of signatures, driver scoring etc were then developed by Ashok, and led to various patents.

Ashok has degrees in Electrical Engineering (1988), Biomedical Engineering (1994), and Mechanical Engineering (1997), while Manika has an MBA (1997). Both have work experience in the USA and Australia.

The following is a list of some of Ashok’s patenting activity:

Granted Patents:

US 10474916 B2

US 10528837 B1

US 10528836 B1

WO 2019095013 A1

AU 2018267553 B2

Pending Applications

US 16679358  (will be published in April 2020, currently not made public).

US 16679363  (will be published in April 2020, currently not made public).

There are some more patent applications in the process, including Divisionals, Continuations, and Continuations-in-Part.

Contact

Ashok Krishnan

Verless

PO Box 6808,

Charnwood, ACT 2615,

Australia.

email: microbubble@gmail.com

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