Perceptive Automata Announced as a Finalist in AUVSI’s 2020 XCELLENCE Awards

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Perceptive Automata, the leader in human behavior prediction AI for machines, has been named a Finalist in the software category for this year’s AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards alongside other leading companies such as Airbus.

Perceptive Automata is being recognized for its first-of-its-kind collaboration with Volvo Trucks North America and Dependable Highway Express (DHE), that demonstrated the use of Perceptive Automata’s software to enhance truck drivers’ situational awareness of pedestrians and therefore contributing to road safety. Perceptive Automata is creating best-in-class artificial intelligence software that gives automated vehicles the ability to understand the intentions of humans so they can drive safely and smoothly in our human-dominated road environments.

“We are honored to sit alongside such great company and to have our team recognized by AUVSI,” said Sam Anthony, co-founder and CTO at Perceptive Automata. “We provide automated vehicles the ability to interact smoothly and naturally with humans on the road by understanding what other road users are thinking and planning. This recognition from AUVSI provides further motivation for our team to continue our efforts to solve one of the most complex challenges automated vehicles face on the road to mass commercialization.”

This recognition from AUVSI underscores a year of substantial growth and product innovation for Perceptive Automata, including a doubling of the team, moving to a new main office in downtown Boston, and a 2020 World Changing Ideas Finalist award from Fast Company alongside Nuro and DiDi.

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry, including individuals and organizations, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of unmanned systems, and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition.

"The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations who have applied unmanned systems technology to create solutions to address a range of challenges affecting business and society," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “AUVSI is pleased to recognize these finalists for their perseverance and dedication to turn dreams into reality.”

About Perceptive Automata
Perceptive Automata is helping automakers solve a complex problem for self-driving cars: understanding the human state of mind. The company combines behavioral science techniques with machine learning to give autonomous systems the capability to anticipate and react to human behavior, enabling autonomous vehicles to navigate safely and smoothly around pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. This is essential for autonomous systems to seamlessly roll out in human-dominated road environments and to deliver a smooth ride experience for passengers of autonomous mobility services. For more information about Perceptive Automata, visit

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)—the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics—represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit

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