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Mighty AI, the Seattle-based startup that provides training data as a service for computer vision and natural language AI, is “going where the action is” and opening a location in Detroit to enhance its focus on autonomous driving.

In a blog post Wednesday, co-founder and CEO Matt Bencke said the Motor City is poised to lead the next wave of innovation when it comes to driverless vehicles.

“Mighty AI is working with several of the world’s leading OEMs, suppliers, and startups, to deliver training data for advanced driver assistance systems,” Bencke wrote. “As we continue growing our business in this market, we’re setting up a new space at the Techstars Mobility office in downtown Detroit.”

Techstars Mobility works with startups to transform how people and goods move around, spanning industries that include automotive, trucking, transportation, smart city, energy, logistics, supply chain, and travel, Bencke said.

Mighty AI, which originally launched as Spare5 in 2014, narrowed its focus earlier this year by seeking to provide the human insights that AI engines need to “think” like people. The company announced a $14 million investment round at the time.

Check out the video below that Bencke shared, describing the human work that goes into training self-driving vehicles to understand complex environments:


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