Mobileye and Delphi plan to have a Level 4/5 autonomous driving system ready by 2019

Mobileye and Delphi plan to have a Level 4/5 autonomous driving system ready by 2019

Mobileye and Delphi Automotive have announced that they plan to develop a complete Level 4/5 automated driving solution that will be “production ready” by 2019. In a statement issued yesterday (23 August), the two companies – which are both technology leaders in the autonomous driving field – will develop a “fully automated vehicle solution, with the level of performance and functional safety required for rapid integration into diverse vehicle platforms for a range of customers worldwide”.

Using the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) classification system, a Level 4 automated system can control the vehicle in all but a few environments such as severe weather, but only in approved areas. A Level 5 system is fully autonomous.

The Mobileye/Delphi solution will draw upon a range of technologies from each company.

Mobileye’s EyeQ 4/5 System on a Chip (SoC) with sensor signal processing, fusion, world view generation and Road Experience Management (REM) system will be used for real time mapping and vehicle localization.

Delphi will provide automated driving software algorithms from its Ottomatika acquisition, which include the Path and Motion Planning features, and its Multi-Domain Controller (MDC) with the full camera, radar and LiDAR suite.

In addition, teams from both companies will develop sensor fusion technology as well as what they term the “next generation human-like driving policy”. This module combines Ottomatika’s driving behaviour modeling with Mobileye’s “deep reinforcement learning” in order to produce the “driving capabilities necessary for negotiating with other human drivers and pedestrians in complex urban scenes”.

“The Mobileye and Delphi relationship started in 2002 with the implementation of what was one of the most advanced active safety systems of the time. Our long history together is key to the success of this ambitious endeavor,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. “Our partnership with Delphi will accelerate the time to market and enable customers to adopt Level 4/5 automation without the need for huge capital investments, thereby creating a formidable advantage for them.”

Mobileye and Delphi said that their partnership will present a conflict of interests with all the other relationships they have (both together and independently) with other car and technology companies – which include BMW, Ford, GM, Volkswagen and Intel.

Delphi is also working with the Singapore Land Transport Authority on a self-driving vehicle pilot taking place in the city-state this year.

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