Continental believes that automated driving will provide an important contribution to making life easier for the driver, and to creating a more efficient overall traffic flow, with fewer critical situations or accidents.

Continental believes that automated driving will provide an important contribution to making life easier for the driver, and to creating a more efficient overall traffic flow, with fewer critical situations or accidents.

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one forms the second (of three) parts focusing on the ways in which the auto industry is paving the way for autonomous vehicles. It turns a spotlight on some recent supplier advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) innovations and investments.

Aptiv

Aptiv (formerly Delphi) recently announced the launch of a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas on the Lyft ride-hail network. It says the vehicles are a product of Aptiv's Mobility and Services group and will operate on Aptiv's 'fully-integrated autonomous driving platform and be made available to the public in partnership with Lyft'. On an opt-in basis, passengers will have the ability to hail a self-driving vehicle equipped with Aptiv technology to and from high-demand locations.

Autoliv

Autoliv has, together with its software joint venture Zenuity, been selected to develop and produce the first Level 3 ADAS for Geely. Autoliv was selected as supplier for Geely's L3 project, which includes ADAS electronic control units and software, radar systems, as well as mono vision and stereo vision camera systems.

Bosch

Bosch is partnering with Aachen-based automaker e.GO to apply automated valet parking. Bosch also recently opened a research and technology centre in Sunnyvale, California.

Continental

Earlier this year, Continental and NVIDIA said they are partnering to create Artificial Intelligence (AI) self-driving vehicle systems based on the NVIDIA Drive platform, with a planned market introduction in 2021 for Level 3 features. The partnership will enable the production of AI computer systems that scale from automated Level 2 features through full Level 5 self-driving capabilities, where the vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals.

Continental is also expanding its global development activities for the safe launch of automated driving. Its engineers are now also testing vehicles on autobahns in Lower Saxony. The supplier develops sensors, vehicle computers, operating systems, and software for automated driving, particularly in Japan, China, the US, and Germany.

Gentex

Gentex is partnering with biometrics company, Fingerprint, to bring iris-scanning technology to the automotive industry. Automakers are keen to integrate biometric-based driver authentication into vehicles in order to improve vehicle security, cabin personalisation and securely authorise in-vehicle payments, home automation control, and additional cloud-based services. Locating the iris authentication system in or around the mirror would allow automakers to offer the solution in varying vehicle trim packages, without requiring substantial redesign of the vehicle's interior. For automakers which use key fobs, or car sharing providers that leverage phone apps to identify the driver, iris recognition could act as a second layer of security, confirming the driver's identity, with a false acceptance rate as low as one in 10m.

Hitachi Automotive Systems

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion recently unveiled Park-by-Memory autonomous parking technology which remembers the environment surrounding users' home spaces. The pair are aiming for initial adoption of the system through proposals to automakers. Park-by-Memory can be used to automatically situate vehicles in frequently used spaces such as at home or at work. The technology combines Clarion's external recognition technology with steering and brake actuators, as well as integrated vehicle control technology provided by Hitachi.

Hyundai Mobis

Hyundai Mobis has entered the market for digital clusters, a field which is on the rise as a driving information display solution for autonomous cars. For this, the supplier has produced a cluster equipped with a seven-inch display and applied it to Hyundai Kona EV. The company is also aiming to induce the development of a next-generation cockpit optimised for the era of autonomous driving. 

At this year's CES, Hyundai Mobis presented various future car displays applied to a next-generation cockpit, which reflects user experience. More specifically, it showcased a total of four displays placed respectively on the cluster, steering wheel, room mirror and console box.

Infineon

Infineon is setting up a new development centre at its Dresden location. One focus will be to develop new products and solutions for automotive and power electronics, as well as AI. System integration is gaining in importance to enable complex interaction between semiconductors in more technically sophisticated cars. Modelling complex systems and developing integrated products will be one of the new centre's core tasks in addition to chip design.

Magna

Magna has said that it - alongside partner Innoviz Technologies - will supply the BMW Group with solid-state LiDAR (light detection and ranging) for upcoming autonomous vehicle production platforms. Magna says the deal is one of the first in the auto industry to include solid-state LiDAR for serial production. Magna has collaborated with Israeli LiDAR provider Innoviz Technologies to integrate automotive-grade, solid-state LiDAR into its autonomous driving platform. We spoke to Omer Keilaf, CEO and Co-founder of Innoviz Technologies at this year's CES to learn about the company's showcase. 

Mitsubishi Electric

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Electric Corp let it be known that it has developed what is believed to be the industry's highest performing automotive camera technology that detects various object types at distances of up to about 100 metres, which will enable drivers to receive an advance warning for enhanced driving safety in coming mirrorless cars. The solution, which is based on the supplier's proprietary Maisart-brand AI technology, is expected to help prevent accidents, especially when drivers change lanes. Mirrorless cars that replace rearview and side mirrors with camera-monitoring systems were approved for use in Europe and Japan in 2016, and the first commercial mirrorless cars are expected to be launched in Japan as early as 2019.

Pioneer

Pioneer is partnering with NVIDIA to make Pioneer's 3D-Lidar sensors work with NVIDIA DriveWorks, a software development kit for autonomous driving.

ZF

ZF recently presented its next steps on the road to autonomous driving. Its supercomputer, ProAI, acts as a central control unit within a test vehicle and with this ZF is taking a modular approach to the development of automated driving functions. The goal is a system architecture that can be applied to any vehicle and tailored according to the application, available hardware and desired level of automation.

The third part of this research snapshot sets out a Q&A with powertrain engineering consultancy, Drive System Design. The lack of a driver in an AV re-writes the rules on many aspects of vehicle design, including the powertrain and driveline. This Q&A considers what the future might bring.