Recogni was incorporated in 2017 to help auto manufacturers reach Level 2+ vehicle autonomy, but our roots go way back to 2013. Ashwini Choudhary, one of our co-founders, grew up riding motorcycles, starting when he was around 12 or 13 years old. Bikes have been an integral part of his life, and even though he’s not allowed to ride anymore, he still loves them.
It began with a beautiful Sunday ride with friends in the backroads of the Bay Area. In the early evening, he was on the final stretch of “twisties” to get home, maybe 3 miles away. There was a car coming in the opposite direction on this country road. The driver must have been texting or fiddling with something, and she hit him while making a left turn.
Three weeks later he woke up in the ICU, needing over 12 surgeries to put him back together.
Ashwini spent the next seven months in various hospitals and then some quality time in rehab. Ever the eternal optimist, it was during this time that he kept returning to a single idea: how do we prevent these accidents from ever happening again? There had to be a way for the vehicle take control, especially when the driver was distracted.
This idea would become Recogni.
After rehab, Ashwini sat down with both RK Anand, an old classmate, and Eugene Feinberg, a fellow co-founder of the camera startup that he and Ashwini were working on together. Both of them were polite and patient, and these faults of theirs gave Ashwini enough time to convince them that this was a worthwhile journey. Together they discovered the real market opportunity, and Ashwini was able to get them on board to build a company around revolutionizing safety and autonomy.
Examining existing safety systems, they quickly realized that the current batch of accelerators could not be scaled to solve the mobility problem beyond Level 2 autonomy. This is because Level 2+ (L3/L4/L5) autonomy requires exceptionally high realtime processing performance while consuming little to no power.
Enter Recogni. Our goal is to change the trajectory of the autonomous vehicle market, paving the way toward fully autonomous and safe driverless vehicles. It’s a tough road, but nobody ever said it was going to be easy.