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Affectiva Raises $26 Million to Fast-Track Human Perception AI in Automotive and Conversational Interfaces

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2019--Affectiva, the global leader in Emotion AI and the pioneer of Human Perception AI, today announced that it has closed $26 million in funding.

Building on its proven expertise in deep learning, computer vision and speech science, combined with its massive amounts of real-world data, Affectiva’s AI is pioneering the next frontier of artificial intelligence: Human Perception AI, software that can understand all things human.

As our technology has evolved to detect more than just emotions, the automotive industry will be able to build intelligent vehicles that can better adapt and relate to the needs of people inside of them.” Affectiva will use its latest round of funding to fuel deployment of its Human Perception AI in production vehicles.

“Aptiv has a rich history of bringing leading vehicle safety solutions to market, and together with Affectiva, we are using a powerful combination of Human Perception AI and predictive analytics, running on Aptiv’s high-speed computing platforms, to dramatically improve safety, attention management and the overall ride experience.” “Human Perception AI will unlock a deep understanding of the human experience in vehicles and other facets of our everyday lives,” Dr. el Kaliouby continued.

Built on deep learning, computer vision, speech science and massive amounts of real-world data, Affectiva’s Human Perception AI is enabling leading automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, ridesharing providers and fleet management companies to build intelligent vehicles that can perceive all things happening with the people inside of them.

32 artificial intelligence companies building a smarter tomorrow

From Google and Amazon to Apple and Microsoft, every major tech company is dedicating resources to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, revolutionary breakthroughs like self-driving cars may not be the norm, but are certainly within reach.  As the big guys scramble to infuse their products with artificial intelligence, other companies are hard at work developing their own intelligent technology and services.

Here are 32 artificial intelligence companies and AI startups you may not know today, but you will tomorrow.  Industry: Healthtech, Biotech, Big Data Location: Chicago What it does: Tempus uses AI to gather and analyze massive pools of medical and clinical data at scale.

By highlighting only the most relevant and interesting information, businesses can make quicker decisions regardless of the staff's experience with data or analytics.

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Its LiDAR technology focuses on the most important information in a vehicle’s sightline such as people, other cars and animals, while putting less emphasis on things like the sky, buildings and surrounding vegetation.

By fusing problem solving, learning and memory technologies together, the company can build systems that learn and adapt without human assistance.

Industry: Fintech Location: NYC What it does: AlphaSense is an AI-powered search engine designed to help investment firms, banks and Fortune 500 companies find important information within transcripts, filings, news and research. The technology uses artificial intelligence to expand keyword searches for relevant content.

Called CARA A.I., the company's tech can search within the language, jurisdiction and citations of a user's uploaded documents and return relevant searches from the database.

What it does: CloudMinds provides cloud robot services for the finance, healthcare, manufacturing, power utilities, public sector and enterprise mobility industries.

Its cloud-based AI uses advanced algorithms, large-scale neural networks and training data to make smarter robots for image and object recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition and more.

The company's 'human-in-the-loop' platform uses human intelligence to train and test machine learning, and has powered AI projects for major companies like Oracle, Ebay SAP and Adobe.

Using non-invasive blood tests, the company’s AI technology recognizes disease-associated patterns, providing earlier cancer detection and better treatment options.

From financial and insurance needs to travel and healthcare, the intelligent products perform duties and answer questions for tech support, billing, scheduling, purchases and policy information.

What it does: Orbital Insight uses geospatial imagery and artificial intelligence to answer questions and gain insights invisible to the naked eye. Using data from satellites, drones, balloons and other aircrafts, the company can provide insights and forecasts to the agriculture and energy industries that normally wouldn’t be available.

Industry: Software Location: San Francisco What it does: OpenAI is a nonprofit research company with a mission to create safe artificial general intelligence (AGI). AGI aims to create machines with general purpose intelligence similar to human beings. With a focus on long-term research and transparency, OpenAI hopes to advance AGI safely and responsibly.

Sift uses thousands of data points from around the web to train in detecting fraud patterns. The technology helps payment processors, marketplaces, e-commerce stores and even social networks prevent fraud.

(US office) What it does: Zebra Medical Vision develops technology for radiology and medical imaging, enhancing the diagnostic abilities of radiologists while maximizing focus on patient care.

These algorithms will ultimately help medical professionals detect high-risk patients earlier and manage growing workloads with more accurate outcomes.

Spanning the agriculture, pharmaceutical and chemical industry, the company enables faster cultivation of microbes through automation software and a huge catalog of physical and digital DNA data.

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