Appen releases State of AI Automotive report

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The State of AI Automotive report from Appen provides specific insights into how the transportation and automotive industries are using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve experience, safety and comfort levels for drivers and passengers.

Appen’s research underscores the important role that AI will play in the future of the automotive sector. According to the survey, some of the most important benefits that AI will have on the automotive experience consist of crash prevention, emissions reduction, a reduced number of impaired driving accidents, improved traffic conditions and customizable comfort.

“At Appen, we work with companies across a number of industries to power the deployment of safe, accurate and comprehensive AI models around the world,” said Armughan Ahmad, CEO of Appen. “Our latest State of AI report indicates that AI has tremendous potential to make the automotive experience safer, more innovative and more enjoyable than ever before.”

In addition to the advantages of AI, the company’s findings also outlined how optimistic survey respondents were to autonomous vehicles (AVs) of the future. While almost 80% of respondents indicated they felt safe with current AVs on the road, the same people also showed confidence in several other AI applications.

According to the report, 89% of AI practitioners indicated that they agree or strongly agree that AVs are the future of the industry; 87% of AI practitioners agree or strongly agree that AVs will reduce the number of impaired driving incidents; and 82% of AI practitioners agree or strongly agree that autonomous driving will relieve traffic congestion in the future.

“As we look to the future of the automotive industry, we’ll see two primary themes come to the forefront: safety and experience. Those include for drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and all others sharing the road,” added Sujatha Sagiraju, chief product officer at Appen. “We’re at a pivotal moment in transportation and AI is leading the charge. With high-quality and inclusive data, those futuristic concepts are right around the corner.”

Appen’s research also showcased the importance of human oversight to ensure the accurate and safe rollout of AI within the transportation industry, with 97% of respondents noting that human-in-the-loop evaluation is important for accurate model performance. This enables for more collaboration and oversight to improve the effectiveness of AI and machine learning models.

Research was conducted by Appen in partnership with The Harris Poll, which surveyed more than 500 respondents from around the world.

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