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KBR Partners With AWS, NASA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Racing Event; Byron Bright Quoted

Jeff Brody
Byron Bright

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 6, 2019 — KBR (NYSE: KBR) staged an event with Amazon Web Services and NASA last month where participants operated small autonomous cars using a machine learning model at a race that was aimed to demonstrate the technology, ExecutiveBiz reported Aug. 22.

KBR said Aug. 22 its interns and employees worked with NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center to test an ML technique called reinforcement learning during the AWS DeepRacer event.

Reinforcement learning enabled the DeepRacer vehicles, which are one eighteenth the size of a normal car, to autonomously make decisions during the race in order to meet the event’s objectives.

"The DeepRacer event also provided an opportunity for NASA to experiment with autonomous systems for future exploration missions and showcased how the private and public sector can collaborate to leverage and advance technology," said Byron Bright, president of U.S. government solutions at KBR.

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