We’re nonetheless very a lot within the collaboration part of autonomous driving, because it’s trying nonetheless fairly a methods off from being something customers can use on the common. Meaning there’s loads of alternative for issues like the brand new “Autonomous Car Computing Consortium” (AVCC) introduced at present to kind. This business group consists of Arm, Bosch, Continental, GM, Toyota, Nvidia, NXP, and Denso, gathering high automakers together with among the main chipmakers and tier 1 suppliers in automotive at present.
The group’s aim is to work collectively to be able to “remedy among the most important challenges to deploy self-driving automobiles at scale,” which fairly clearly interprets into placing collectively the collective efforts of a few of those that stand to realize most from autonomy changing into a commercially viable know-how, to be able to velocity up stated commercialization. Whereas self-driving has been an space of intense funding and focus prior to now few years, it nonetheless has a methods to go earlier than these corporations can begin actually reaping the rewards of their investments by way of revenue-driving companies.
So what is going to they really do to realize this aim? The 1st step can be establishing a set of really helpful specs, primarily, outlining what measurement, temperature, energy consumption and security requirements AV system architectures and computer systems ought to adhere to. The concept is that by arriving at some baseline requirements, the group can be higher in a position to transfer from prototyping, which is pricey and low-volume by way of output, to manufacturing and deploying AVs on the scale the place they’ll actually change into a viable industrial enterprise.
There’s extra to this business collaboration than simply determining the specs vary for techniques, nonetheless: Taking part corporations will “research widespread technical challenges,” as effectively, that means they’ll be placing their heads collectively to beat the key, elementary tech challenges that also act as hurdles to be overcome in getting self-driving automobiles on the roads.
And naturally, although the preliminary founding group consists of solely these corporations listed above, this new group can also be open to new members.