Andrej Kulikov (Founder, CEO), Till Kaestner (Co-Founder, COO) and Daniel Cremers (Co-Founder, Chief Science Officer) Louisa Summer


The Ultimate 3D Data Machine for Autonomous Driving

Computer Vision AI
Founded in 2015
25 employees
Funding: €4.1M
Stage: Seed

Artisense aims to become the leading provider for computer vision AI software. This will be achieved through staying in the lead in research and being first to implement in vehicles and collect data-sets at scale. The Artisense algorithms build 3D worlds and create trajectory semantic data with highest available accuracy and robustness, while using off-the-shelf low-cost sensors (mainly cameras). They run in vehicles and in a fast IoT backend. Website
Highlight of the year: Creating 3D map and localization data in vehicles of leading OEM, T1, and fleets.

Interview with Artisense

What inspired you to found your startup?

Andrej Kulikov worked 15 years as a computer scientist at AUDI, and understood the issues large automotive corporates have on the road to full autonomy. He founded Artisense 2015 in Palo Alto.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Artisense has a diverse and highly experienced founder team, with clear ideas about technology and product roadmaps, as well as about industry needs. They have the company structure and culture to achieve this vision. The company also has exclusive access to highly skilled and very scarce talent.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

The Artisense founder team is committed to building a company that will change our world of mobility. The complany creates value, attracts and retains top talent, and is fun to work at every day.

What do you want to achieve next year?

Artisense will enable autonomous navigation without GPS, and will generate large-scale dynamic 3D maps. It does so by deploying algorithms as embedded systems in large fleets, as well as by ingesting datasets from OEM to the Artisense Spacial Intelligence Cloud Platform.

Why do people want to work at your company?

The research and engineering teams at Artisense consist of top talents in their respective fields globally. Our people want to have an impact, to learn from others and to have fun. It’s not work, it’s life at Artisense.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

The positive feedback from OEM, T1, tech players and the academic community about our products and technology.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

Our team

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

Artisense products will 3D map the world from any device, and will enable any autonomous systems to navigate safely and to truly understand what they see.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

“Silicon” Garching is one of the few global ecosystems in computer vision, and it offers plenty of opportunity for tech startups.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

German startups are still impaired by mostly mindset aspects like missing failure risk culture as well as missing understanding of how to collaborate within the corporates. Entrepreneurial skills should be a part of our education.

Artisense was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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