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GM nabs first commercial license for Energy Department's AI software

The software makes it faster for developers to design neural networks, a key technology for self-driving cars.

The carmaker will use the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning system to potentially improve its driver assistance software, per a Monday announcement.

Developed by the agency's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, MENNDL was built to make it easier and faster for developers to design neural networks. The technology, which can mimic the human brain and recognize patterns in large data sets, has played a foundational role in the rise of self-driving cars, as it can enable computers within vehicles to quickly recognize the surrounding environment and determine the right response.

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