HACARUS Completes Deutsche Bahn’s Startup Program

HACARUS Completes Deutsche Bahn’s Startup Program

After a 100-day pilot HACARUS delivered the final results of its AI-powered radar data analysis project – firms now exploring further collaborations


April, 2, 2021 – Berlin, Germany– HACARUS, the leading provider of lightweight and explainable AI today announced the successful completion of its participation in the DB mindbox construction technology program, in which HACARUS has worked together with DB Netz to build a custom AI model capable of detecting submerged objects.


“Over the past 7 years HACARUS has built a series of tools that enable human to make faster, better and more reliable decisions based on AI driven insights – I am excited to see these made-in-Japan solutions be brought to bear with DB mindbox program “ said Kenshin Fujiwara, CEO of HACARUS INC.


The DB mindbox program focused on new construction technologies, and it was in its 4th annual iteration. HACARUS was selected by Deutsche Bahn in September 2020 to work on a challenge related to geodesy, detection and evaluation of ground conditions and stability, and has over the100-days DB mindbox program worked closely with DB Netz to create a tailor made AI model capable of analysing ground penetrating imagery for object detection.

Ground condition analysis, a prerequisite for construction work, is today typically done by human expert inspectors by manual assessments of images – HACARUS solutions offers a potential path towards automating this task and thus ensuring less downtime and quicker completion of construction projects. Following the DB mindbox program’s completion the two firms are now exploring ways to continue the collaboration.



HACARUS INC, founded 2014 in Kyoto, Japan is the leading provider of Explainable Lightweight AI Tools, backed by Osaka Gas and Miyako Capital (Kyoto University) among others. Its solutions are used in the Medical field to enable humans to make better, faster and more reliable decisions, based on AI driven insights. Hacarus’ proprietary AI engine is built using Sparse Modeling, an AI method that understands data like a human would – by its unique key features and is far more resource, time and energy efficient when compared to Deep Learning. To learn more, visit https://hacarus.com


About DB mindbox

DB mindbox is the startup hub of Deutsche Bahn AG, Europe’s biggest mobility and logistics providers. The startup program of DB mindbox offers founders and innovators the opportunity to test and fast-track innovative solutions and products within a 100 days proof of concept inside Deutsche Bahn.

Another topic focus of the DB mindbox is their open data initiative to foster railway data freely available and accessible for the development of new mobility applications. This includes hosting several hackathons, meet up etc. throughout the year.

Takashi Someda

CTO of Hacarus. Has over 15 years experience as a software and server engineer in several global SaaS startups. Currently working hard to make something new with machine learning. Holds masters degree in Information Science at Kyoto University.

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