Neurala Awarded Patent For Artificial Brains On GPU Processors Used For Real-Time Autonomous Control

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Invention enables self-driving cars, drones and other robots to use artificial intelligence and deep learning in situations in which execution time is critical

BOSTON, MA (PRUnderground) February 17th, 2016

A new patent, covering the use of GPUs for artificial intelligence in machines such as self-driving cars, drones, robots and more, was issued by the U.S. Patent Office and announced today by Neurala, Inc.  Neurala’s patent covers Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), including Deep Learning networks, running on graphic processing units (GPU) for the real-time control of autonomous machines.

GPUs are the primary option for autonomous vehicles that process information from multiple sensors to understand their surroundings. Neurala’s innovation, which dates back to 2006, was to see that GPUs could be used as powerful parallel processors for handling input from multiple sensors and that the input needed to be synchronized for real-time decision making.

Humans brains naturally take in information from eyes, ears and other senses to make decisions about navigation and obstacle avoidance while driving or walking. If the brain sees something before it hears it (asynchronous input), the brain knows how to synchronize the information. The new patent shows how synchronous processors can process asynchronous, fast occurring sensory data.

“This new invention will enable self-driving cars, drones, and other robots to use powerful artificial intelligence algorithms in situations in which execution time is critical.  The new patent is fundamental for artificial brains that need to interact with rapidly changing and reach input streams,” said Massimiliano Versace, CEO and co-founder of Neurala.

The patent, which is Neurala’s second U.S. patent, is number 9,189,828 and is entitled “Graphic Processor Based Accelerator System and Method”.  It extends Neurala’s previous U.S. patent 8,648,867.


About Neurala, Inc.

Neurala, Inc. ( creates software that makes robots, drones, toys, consumer electonics, self-driving cars and smart devices (ioT) more autonomous, engaging and useful. The patent-pending Neurala Intelligence Engine (NIE) is based on the way the human brain works using passive sensors (e.g., cameras like eyes and microphones like ears), make intelligent decisions and act. NIE is based on technology that Neurala developed for NASA for planetary exploration and for the U.S. Air Force Research Labs. The company offers a Software Developers Kit (SDK) for companies wishing to integrate intelligence into their products. Neurala also offers two consumer apps: Neurala Selfie Dronie powers autonomous flight in drones to take stunning videos without human operation or specialized hardware. Neurala Roboscope turns a Parrot Jumping MiniDrone into a self-driving robot that can autonomously and playfully \”attack\” objects in the real world. The company was founded in 2006 and is a graduate of TechStars Boston 2013. It received a seed round of investment of nearly $1-million, led by Tim Draper and Robolution Capital. Follow Neurala on Twitter at @Neurala, on Facebook at, or on YouTube at

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