Two of the leading players in the development of self-driving vehicles have formed a partnership with the intention of introducing a complete production-ready SAE level 4-5 automated driving system by 2019.
Israeli company Mobileye and UK-based Delphi Automotive have announced a partnership to jointly develop a complete SAE Level 4-5 automated driving system. The program will result in an end-to-end production-intent fully automated vehicle system, with the level of performance and functional safety required for rapid integration into diverse vehicle platforms for a range of customers worldwide. The partners’ central sensing localization and planning (CSLP) platform will be demonstrated in combined urban and highway driving at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, California, in January, and will be production ready for 2019.
Mobileye is a world leader in computer vision systems, mapping, localization and machine learning focused on the automotive domain. Delphi is a world leader in automated driving software, sensors and systems integration. The two industry leaders have come to an agreement to produce the CSLP platform to accelerate the time to market for a complete automated driving system. Working together, the two companies will co-develop the market’s first vehicle-ready turnkey level 4-5 automated driving system for auto makers worldwide.
The automated driving system will be based on key technologies from each company. These include Mobileye’s EyeQ 4-5 system on a chip (SoC) with sensor signal processing, fusion, world view generation, and a road experience management (REM) system which will be used for real-time mapping and vehicle localization.
Delphi will incorporate automated driving software algorithms from its Ottomatika acquisition, which include the path and motion planning features, and Delphi’s multi-domain controller (MDC) with the full camera, radar and lidar suite. In addition, teams from both companies will develop the next generation of sensor fusion technology, as well as the next-generation human-like ‘driving policy’. This module combines Ottomatika’s driving behavior modeling with Mobileye’s deep reinforcement learning, in order to yield 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’s 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.”
Kevin Clark, Delphi’s president and chief executive officer, noted, “This partnership will allow us to give our customers an increased level of automated capabilities faster and more cost effectively. The collective expertise of our two organizations will accelerate the creation of new approaches and capabilities that would likely not have been possible working alone. This is a win-win for both companies and our customers.”