Brain Corp.’s First Product Is a Brain for Industrial Floor Machine

San Diego’s Brain Corp. has a vision for developing the kind of technology that could some day be used to operate self-driving cars. Before getting out on the open road, however, the company wants to show its self-driving system can clean up a mess in aisle 3 at Jimbo’s. As an independent startup backed by the corporate venture arm of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), Brain Corp. began life in 2009 with a lofty goal of reverse-engineering the human brain. Headed by the computational neuroscientist Eugene Izhikevich, the company maintained a low profile at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters until 2013, when Brain Corp. emerged in the collective glow of the Obama Administration’s brain initiative. The s