Visteon to Head Autonomous Vehicle Development in Silicon Valley

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Van Buren Township’s Visteon Corp. today announced it would lead the development of artificial intelligence (AI) for autonomous vehicles at its new technical center in Silicon Valley.

Under the program, the Tier 1 auto supplier’s autonomous vehicle program will apply machine-learning technology and AI to accurately detect and classify objects in a vehicle’s path and plan the vehicle’s movements. The result will be a fully-trained driving control system.

The recently-opened facility in Santa Clara, Calif. houses a team of engineers specializing in AI who will work closely with Visteon technical centers worldwide to develop AI software, advanced driver awareness systems, and deep machine learning.

The center is strategically located near the West Coast offices of various automakers and technology companies, as well as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley — two of the leading universities for AI and deep learning in the U.S.

The new facility will support Visteon’s vision for autonomous vehicle technology, including the creation of fail-safe, centralized domain controller hardware that will leverage the company’s cockpit domain controller, Smartcore. The supplier also is working to utilize AI for object detection, classification, and decision-making in future autonomous vehicles.

“Most current advanced driver assistance systems based on radar and cameras are not capable of accurately detecting and classifying objects — such as cars, pedestrians, or bicycles — at a level required for autonomous driving,” says Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon.

“We need to achieve virtually 100 percent accuracy for autonomous driving, which will require innovative solutions based on deep machine learning technology. Our Silicon Valley team, with its focus on machine learning software development, will be a critical part of our autonomous driving technology initiative.”

Additionally, the Silicon Valley office will play a key role in delivering control systems — technology that processes and interprets live camera data and converts it to information required for autonomous driving. Visteon plans to launch its first driving domain controller platform in 2018.

Visteon, which was spun off from Ford Motor Co., designs and manufactures cockpit electronics and connected car solutions for an array of automakers. The company has around 10,000 employees, and in 2015 recorded revenue of $3.3 billion.

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