The vehicle industry is confronted with huge challenges when it comes to realizing the vision of autonomous driving.
Vehicles of the future will no longer be sets of actuators operated by a human driver. They will need to take responsibility for perception, analyzing the situation and planning actions. Safe self-driving system architectures are the key to the successful widespread deployment of the technology.
Enter The Autonomous, created in September 2019 by TTTechAuto, an initiative that brings together multiple stakeholders in the autonomous vehicle (AV) ecosystem, from automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to chipmakers and software developers.
Under the umbrella of The Autonomous, the members form a working group tasked with developing recommendations for a safe system architecture for AVs.
The output of the working groups will consist of technical documents that will include recommendations, best practices, guidelines, reference architectures and specifications.
Partners include Arm, Audi together with CARIAD, the automotive software company of Volkswagen Group, the German Fraunhofer IESE, chipmaker NXP, the UK AI software startup Five, and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.
"We want to reach a global safety reference, that is key," The Autonomous Chairman Ricky Hudi said. "It's not that other factors are less important, but if you design a house or car or complex system, the architecture is always the first step, and that's the reason why we kicked off with that."