Van Buren Township-based automotive cockpit technology company Visteon Corp. today announced its DriveCore autonomous driving platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. DriveCore is designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of autonomous driving technology and allow automakers to build future mobility solutions more quickly and in an open collaboration model.
A complete technology platform, DriveCore consists of a hardware, in-vehicle middleware, and PC-based software toolset needed to develop machine learning algorithms for Level 3 and higher autonomous driving applications. By building on Visteon’s centralized computing approach, the supplier says DriveCore will provide automakers with a fail-safe domain controller with a high degree of computing power scalability to support the integration of data from multiple camera, LIDAR, and radar sensors.
“To meet the computing demands of Level 3-plus solutions, autonomous systems will need highly scalable levels of processing power and the ability to perform sensor fusion across multiple radar, camera, and LIDAR sensors,” says Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon. “DriveCore is the first open platform in the industry that offers highly scalable computing power and software to perform late sensor fusion to enable rapid development of these autonomous systems.”
DriveCore’s primary components include:
- A modular, scalable computing hardware platform that can be adapted to all levels of automated driving and is designed to deliver from 500 gigaflops to 20 teraflops of professing power, independent of its central processing unit.
- In-vehicle middleware that provides a secure framework to enable applications and algorithms to communicate in a real-time performance environment, which can be upgraded as new capabilities become available, including radar going from 2-D to 3-D.
- A PC-based development environment that enables automakers to create and support an ecosystem of algorithm developers, unlocking innovation potential through an open framework of sensor-based artificial intelligence algorithm development
Following the DriveCore introduction, Visteon also announced four new technology partners: DeepScale, STEER, StradVision and Automotive Artificial Intelligence. The company will be hosting DriveCore demonstrations at its booth, as well as other solutions that will increase the transition to an all-digital vehicle cockpit and ultimately, autonomous driving.