Renesas Electronics & TTTech deliver Highly Automated Driving Platform

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Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and TTTech Computertechnik AG, a global leader in robust networking and safety controls, today announced that they have developed a highly automated driving platform (HADP). The new HADP is a prototype electronic control unit (ECU) for mass production vehicles with integrated software and tools, which demonstrates how to use Renesas and TTTech technologies combined in a true automotive environment for autonomous driving. The HADP accelerates the path to mass production for Tier 1s and OEMs.

The automotive market is moving rapidly to make autonomous driving a reality for consumers by 2020. The increasing information from sensors as well as its assessment and resulting actions require hardware and implementations of software that have high performance and comply with highest safety standards. Furthermore, the broad range of sensors and functions means new challenges for the implementation and integration of software.

The newly released HADP is the first outcome of the collaboration between TTTech and Renesas announced in January 2016, and is an extended version of the HAD solution kit released in October 2016. It is based on dual R-Car H3 system-on-chips (SoCs) and the RH850/P1H-C microcontroller (MCU).

The HADP has been developed based on an ASIL-D functional safety concept. It supports a highly efficient integration process for complex highly automated driving systems. The HADP can be used by Tier 1s and OEMs to immediately prototype their functions in an embedded automotive ECU. It shortens time to market by enabling system developers to verify and integrate software easily on the prototype ECU designed to deliver a faster track to mass production vehicles.

“With the automotive industry’s increasing focus on autonomous driving, OEMs are set to play a key role in ensuring the safety and robustness of innovative functions,” said Jean-Francois Chouteau, Vice President, Global ADAS Centre, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “The HADP offered by TTTech and Renesas enables OEMs to drastically reduce both development efforts and the time needed to bring autonomous driving on the road.”

“We are delighted to present the first joint platform of the cooperation between Renesas and TTTech,” said Dr. Stefan Poledna, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech. “Renesas’ expertise as a leading semiconductor solution supplier and TTTech’s proven experience as a provider of scalable safety ECU platforms are a perfect match enabling customers to develop highly performant autonomous driving solutions much quicker.”

Key features of the HADP:

(1) Prototype ECU for faster track to mass production

The ECU has been developed for automotive sample grade quality following requirements on thermal design and shock resistance. It is provided in an aluminium housing targeting IP51 protection level for mounting in the passenger cabin or luggage compartment. The HADP can be directly connected to an automotive power supply and is designed to work at -40 to +85 °C operation temperature and exposed to vibrations in a running vehicle. The HADP comes with cabling and guidelines for easy adaption inside a vehicle.

(2) Shorter time to market by introducing a software platform for simplified integration

TTIntegration is a software platform that provides all the services to run several safety critical applications in parallel on multiple SoCs. A sophisticated partitioning concept ensures that safety related applications cannot be impacted by other applications running at the same time.

Due to a co-simulation environment on a standard PC it is possible to develop functions on the embedded HADP platform side-by-side with applications running on a PC. They all can share the same data and services as if it would be a single domain ECU.Seamless integration and testing of all applications are remarkably faster and more efficient in comparison to the usual step-by-step solutions.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live—securely and safely. The number one global supplier of microcontrollers, and a leader in Analog & Power and SoC products, Renesas provides the expertise, quality, and comprehensive solutions for a broad range of Automotive, Industrial, Home Electronics (HE), Office Automation (OA) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) applications to help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com.

About TTTech

TTTech is a global leader in the field of robust networking and safety controls. TTTech solutions improve the safety and reliability of electronic systems in the industrial and transportation sectors, with a portfolio of products that are helping to make the Industrial Internet of Things and autonomous driving a reality.

Thanks to the proven platform-based architecture, TTTech solutions enable simple system integration with shorter time-to-market and significant cost reductions for customers. TTTech solutions support highly scalable and modular open real-time architectures based on Deterministic Ethernet, including the upcoming IEEE TSN and the established SAE Time-Triggered Ethernet standard.More information about TTTech is available at www.tttech.com

Via: Renesas Press Release

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Volvo Cars & Autoliv AB came together to form the joint venture Zenuity which makes ADAS software

 

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, have signed a final agreement to establish a new joint venture called Zenuity to develop software for autonomous driving and driver assistance systems, based on the letter of intent announced during fall 2016.

 Zenuity will create a new entrant in the fast growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. It marks the first time a leading premium car maker has joined forces with a tier one supplier to develop new advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) technologies.

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As part of the agreement announced today, at the time of closing Autoliv will make a total investment of around 1.1 billion SEK into the joint venture, the large majority of which is an initial cash contribution, and which also includes certain assets. Volvo Cars will also contribute certain intellectual property assets and human resources to the joint venture, but no cash. As previously announced, Autoliv and Volvo Cars will own the joint venture 50/50.

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and with additional operations in Munich, Germany, and Detroit, USA, the initial workforce of around 200 people will come from Volvo Cars and Autoliv. The company is expected to grow to over 600 employees in the medium term. Operations are expected to start during the first half of 2017 after approvals from relevant competition authorities in several countries have been obtained and other customary closing conditions have been satisfied.

 Both Volvo Cars and Autoliv will license and transfer the intellectual property for their ADAS systems to the joint venture. From this base, the company will develop new ADAS products and AD technologies. The new company is expected to have its first driver assistance products available for sale by 2019 with autonomous driving technologies following shortly thereafter.

 Autoliv will be the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all the new company’s products sold to third parties, and there will be no exclusivity toward any customer or the owners. Volvo Cars will source such products directly from the new joint venture.

 As previously announced, Dennis Nobelius will be the Chief Executive Officer of the joint venture. The joint venture will be governed by a separate board of directors, and independently operate within its own facilities.

Via: Global Newsroom Volvo Cars

TriLumina Demonstrates 3D Solid-State LiDAR and ADAS Systems for Autonomous Automotive Vehicles at CES2017

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 27, 2016 / TriLumina Corp (www.trilumina.com), the leader in high-power, pulsed, solid-state, low-cost illumination modules for LiDAR, will be demonstrating a new 256-pixel 3D LiDAR solution at CES2017. This high-resolution 3D LiDAR represents a true breakthrough in automotive sensing.  Powered by TriLumina’s illumination modules, this solid-state LiDAR solution is the enabling next-generation ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Built in collaboration with LeddarTech, this LiDAR platform accelerates the path to wide deployment by providing a reliable, high-performance, low-cost system demanded by OEMs for mass-market ADAS applications.

TriLumina powered 3D automotive LiDAR units will also be showcased at CES2017 at the Renesas Advanced and Autonomous Track Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

TriLumina’s new powerful illumination modules accelerate the development of low cost LiDAR sensor systems for a wide variety of applications on any vehicle platform.  TriLumina’s illumination modules replace the expensive, bulky scanning LiDARs being used in today’s autonomous vehicle demonstration programs with high resolution and long-range sensing in a small, robust and cost-effective package, enabling the successful commercial deployment of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles.

According to Brian Wong, CEO of TriLumina, “TriLumina’s illumination modules address some of the most difficult technical hurdles facing solid state LiDAR development.   At TriLumina, we are building complete Illumination modules with our patented, back-emitting, flip-chip VCSEL arrays and driver circuits to provide the highest efficiency and most powerful illumination solutions available.  The 3D solid-state LiDAR solutions presented at CES will demonstrate the incredible capabilities of our laser solutions and how they can be rapidly deployed to enable new signal processing capabilities such as those in the LeddarCore ICs.”

Customers, partners, and members of the press may request a demonstration of TriLumina’s laser illumination solutions and the opportunity to meet with TriLumina’s senior management team during CES2017 at CES@trilumina.com.

TriLumina has developed eye-safe semiconductor lasers enabling market-leading laser illuminator solutions. TriLumina’s technology accelerates the automotive industry’s adoption of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles by providing lasers for 100 percent solid-state LiDAR products and Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and depth sensing for industrial robotics, commercial and consumer electronics markets. TriLumina Corp. is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Source: TriLumina Corp. Via: PRNewswire