Lohr i-Crystal electric shuttle, photo courtesy of Transdev.

January’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) technology showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada, included dozens of announcements from software developers, components companies, automakers, and commercial truck suppliers. A few self-driving vehicle headlines include:

  • Torc Robotics, Transdev release autonomous, shared shuttle – Torc is licensing its Asimov self-driving software and sensor architecture for the i-Cristal autonomous shuttle, creating a self-driving, small shuttle to complement existing public transportation networks. Autonomous Transport System (ATS by Transdev) is providing its supervision system, connected infrastructure, client application, and embedded technology. The Transdev/Lohr i-Cristal electric shuttles are SAE Level 4 (fully-autonomous in select areas) and operate without a steering wheel or pedals. The shuttles are limited to 19mph (30kph). https://www.transdev.com/en; https://torc.ai
  • Insight develops Digital Coherent LiDAR – The chip-scale, long-range light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor uses frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology adapted from radar systems to boost sensitivity 10x to 100x. It can identify car tires as far away as 200m and vehicle bodies, trees, and obstacles at 250m. The system is immune to interference from sunlight or other LiDAR signals and is designed to be low cost. https://insightlidar.com
  • NVIDIA launches Drive AutoPilot – The SAE Level 2+ (some autonomous functions, but the driver must always remain engaged) system underpins components from Continental and ZF that go into production in 2020. Drive AutoPilot integrates high-performance NVIDIA Xavier system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors and updated software to process many deep neural networks (DNNs) for perception as well as surround camera sensor data from outside the vehicle and inside the cabin. This combination enables highway merge, lane change, lane splits, and personal mapping. Cabin interior features include driver monitoring, artificial intelligence (AI) copilot capabilities, and advanced in-cabin visualization of the vehicle’s computer vision system. https://www.nvidia.com; https://www.zf.com; https://www.continental-automotive.com
  • Images generated by Digital Coherent LiDAR, photos courtesy of Insight LiDAR.
  • Visteon partners with Microsoft – Visteon Corp. is adding Microsoft cloud capabilities to its DriveCore Studio autonomous driving environment. The partnership will allow developers to test and validate algorithms quickly, using simultaneous cloud simulations, so automakers can meet the computing demands of Level 3-plus (driver does not need to monitor the environment but must be present to take over if autonomous systems fail) autonomous systems. https://azure.microsoft.com; https://www.visteon.com
  • Intrepid Control offers data logger for autonomous development – The Autonomous ONE motherboard data logger integrates multiple inputs into a single open platform, linking the autonomous central processing unit (CPU), global positioning system (GPS), and connectors for multiple sensors such as cameras, radar, and LiDAR. The motherboard works with autonomous CPUs that support PCIe, MIPI camera inputs, and Ethernet. It can be configured to hold up to 54 automotive Ethernet ports, 48 CAN/CAN FD channels, and 64TB of storage using PCIe 2.0 slots. High-speed SerDes (serializer/deserializer) camera interfaces allow direct camera or sensor connection with a capacity up to 28 cameras. https://www.intrepidcs.com