NXP Semiconductors , LG Electronics and HELLA Aglaia have announced a strategic collaboration for automotive vision applications. The three companies have created a new vision platform that will be made available to all automakers to promote best-in-class detection and classification of vulnerable road users to save lives.
The camera-based vision system, developed by LG Electronics together with NXP and HELLA Aglaia, is designed to detect and classify vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists and activate auto emergency braking (AEB). The cameras can be attached to the windshield behind a car’s rear-view mirror.
Additionally, the system is designed to detect traffic signs, notify the driver of speed limits, monitor lane keeping and facilitate steering correction in case of unintentional drift. NXP’s accelerated vision processing IP, together with algorithm expertise from HELLA Aglaia and LG allow such applications to run at very low latency and within a market leading power envelope.
As a leading tier one, LG has integrated the various vison SoCs and software from HELLA and NXP as well as the IP components so that automakers have a rich solution readily available.
Already adopted by a major European OEM, the new vision platform takes aim at conventional, proprietary vision platforms that limit the choices of traditional and new disruptive carmakers. This effort is designed to bring rapid innovation to a crucial area of autonomous development and will help the industry meet the ambitious plans of global NCAP standards bodies.
Many of today’s automotive vision platforms are proprietary, inflexible and provide little room for automakers to differentiate in the global marketplace. They also inhibit further software integration and innovation and generally lock out the ability to combine the best available sensing technology and software sources in the market. The collaborators’ joint development work, led by LG Electronics, is based on the conviction that vision platforms must be open and safe to meet NCAP guidelines and to pave the way for level 3 to 5 automated driving.
The new vision platform aims to provide automakers and suppliers with the technology they need to compete in NCAP 2020 testing scenarios. The solution’s goals are to strengthen the detection and classification of vulnerable road users with less delay, trigger emergency braking and emergency collision avoidance and to bring predictive sensing of hazardous conditions such as low light and obstructed view. The vision platform will also pave the way for advanced new features to augment self-driving tasks and smart AI networks.