Mobileye and Delphi say they will partner to jointly develop an SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution.
The programme will result in an end-to-end production-intent, fully-automated vehicle solution, with the level of performance and functional safety required for integration into vehicle platforms for a range of customers worldwide.
The partners’ CSLP platform will be demonstrated in combined urban and highway driving at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and be production ready for 2019.
The automated driving solution will be based on 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 Road Experience Management (REM) system, which will be used for real time mapping and vehicle localisation.
Delphi will incorporate automated driving software algorithms from its Ottomatika acquisition, which include the Path and Motion Planning features, as well as 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 human-like ‘driving policy. This module combines Ottomatika’s driving behaviour modelling with Mobileye’s 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,” said Mobileye chairman and CTO, Amnon Shashua.
“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 investment.”
For his part, Delphi president and CEO, Kevin Clark added: “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 organisations will accelerate the creation of new approaches and capabilities that would likely not have been possible working alone.”
Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Autotrader, said: “The link-up of two industry leaders in self-driving cars, companies with whom nearly every automaker does business, suggests autonomous vehicle development will accelerate and put them on the roads in short order.”
Akshay Anand, analyst for Kelley Blue Book said: “While both Delphi and Mobileye are industry leaders among suppliers, their big challenge is getting automakers to use their technology versus proprietary technology. This agreement should advance the cause for both, and a critical step will be getting past ‘dynamic’ autonomous steps such as snow, unclear lanes, roundabouts, construction and more. While they are ahead of the competition, they will need to be speedy, as the ‘race for autonomous’ continues to advance rapidly.”