Welcome to understand.ai

Our goal is to make autonomous driving safe and reliable. The opportunity to push the boundaries of technology to enable new modes of mobility that offer increased choice, comfort and confidence inspires us everyday.

We Automate Annotations

By introducing the automation engine for data annotation, we commit to deliver the right data at the right quality and the right quantity to our customers.

Designed by AI-natives, our Zero-Touch Annotations™ technology enables its users to cut costs and accelerate the training and testing of assisted & autonomous driving technology. We empower our customers to grow thanks to zero errors, zero delays and zero worries about their data annotation budget.

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The passion behind it

We believe that AI is the most powerful tool our generation has at hand. At understand.ai, we make it accessible for real-world applications.

Marc Mengler Co-founder & CEO

Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Marc Mengler obtained a Master in Entrepreneurship & SME Management and a second Master in Data Science and Machine Learning to combine his passion for startups and deep tech research. During his academic research, he analyzed the impact of high-quality data on the robustness of state-of-the-art neural networks. This lead to the founding of understand.ai with the goal to build a scalable services and tooling model, based on a repeatable quality process and advanced technologies, for efficiently creating accurate training and validation data. On a personal level, Marc has been honored to have played chess against three world champions.


Philip Kessler Co-founder & CTO

Philip’s commitment to enabling the future of autonomous driving began with developing an autonomous driving model car with the student group KITcar. During his studies in computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Philip deepened his passion with an internship in the machine learning and data science department at Mercedes Benz in Silicon Valley. There he worked in a highly international pre-development team building early prototypes to showcase new technologies. Philip is a regional director of The Kairos Society, a global community of young entrepreneurs.

Quality benefits from advanced

Launched in 2017, founders Marc Mengler and Philip Kessler recognized the importance of accuracy in annotated data for self-driving vehicles to intelligently perceive the road ahead. With the vision to keep passengers and pedestrians safe, they focused on contributing to the qualitative perception and planning of self-driving cars.

With the combination of machine learning algorithms and human intelligence their idea quickly formed into a fast growing start-up. We have grown to a team of more than 50 exceptional individuals and managed projects with more than 100 million annotated images or scans.

Our team consists of diverse individuals with wide-ranging talents – the majority of whom are software engineers with relevant expertise from companies like BMW, Bosch, Google and Mercedes-Benz.

We work worldwide

Our headquarters is in Karlsruhe, Germany. Karlsruhe, the center of artificial intelligence in Germany, is home to one of the leading European IT universities and industry-leading research centers like FZI and Fraunhofer. In order to stay in touch with other centers of AI expertise, we’ve opened a second office in San Jose in the Silicon Valley.

We work worldwide…
To support our customers better wherever their business is, in July 2019 we’ve joined the dSPACE family. With united forces and a strong global footprint we earn your trust every single day. Thanks to our parent company and distributors, we are on-site in 16 countries on 5 continents.
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We support OpenLABEL

For high annotation efficiency and quality, label requirements must be clear, non-contradictory and easily comprehensible for all labelers. The absence of labeling standards doesn’t make the job easier. The OpenLABEL Concept Project initiated by the Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems (ASAM) is about to define a standard a common understanding on what to label and how to label it.

As ASAM members, we, at understand.ai and dSPACE have committed ourselves to drive the openLABEL standardization efforts. We’re active contributors and lead the Package Labeling Methods workstream within the OpenLABEL Concept Project.

Social Responsibility

„We at understand.ai look after our labeling partners carefully. It is vital for us that our partners ensure reasonable wages as well as a reasonable working environment to guarantee sustainability.“

Daniel Rödler, Product Manager Labeling at UAI

Our commitment to social responsibility.Read more about it

Karlsruhe Karlsruhe

Office Karlsruhe An der RaumFabrik 33a
76227 Karlsruhe

KarlsruheSilicon Valley of Germany

Our headquarters is in Karlsruhe, named the center of artificial intelligence by the German ministry of economic affairs and energy. Karlsruhe is home to one of the leading technical universities in Europe and well-known research institutions like Fraunhofer and the FZI. To be connected with customers and other centers of artificial intelligence, we are also proud to call San Jose in the Silicon Valley our home.

San Jose San Jose

Office San Jose 2540 N. 1st Street, Suite 201
95131 San Jose, CA

San JoseHeart of the computer industry

Our second location is in San Jose and Silicon Valley, home of the largest tech companies and known to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. The first autonomous vehicles are being tested in this area, and we are glad to be part of this vibrant and growing part of the world.

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Close to you!At home in 16 countries

Through our parent company, dSPACE and its distributors, we can be on-site in a matter of a few hours and discuss solutions with you and your colleagues in your local language, jurisdiction and help deploy solutions directly on your premise.