A Californian metropolis will soon become pilot city for fully-automated and driverless driving — thanks to Bosch and Daimler who are speeding up the SAE Level 4/5 tech in the city.
The chosen city will see a fleet of autonomous shuttle service on selected routes in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, which will be operated by Daimler Mobility Services. The pilot project will demonstrate how mobility services, such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel), can shape the future of mobility.
Both have selected Nvidia as the AI platform supplier as part of their control unit network. This network will also be used in the fleet vehicles wherein both companies will put on the Californian roads in Q2/2019. Nvidia’s Drive Pegasus platform will process the vehicle-driving algorithms generated by Bosch and Daimler using machine-learning methods. This will allow the ECU network to reach a computing capacity of hundreds of trillion operations per second.
The high computing capacity and a huge number of operations means that the ECU network needs to be cooled. That is why Bosch and Daimler have developed an efficient concept based on liquid cooling. The system is developed for highly automated and driverless driving in cities. For instance, Mercedes-Benz intends to deploy battery-powered vehicles, which have an on-board cooling system so that engineers can make the most of this technology by integrating the ECU network into the battery cells’ advanced cooling circuit.
The test operation will provide information about how fully-automated and driverless vehicles can be integrated into a multi-modal transport network. Most cities have a number of challenges that are increasingly burdening the existing transport system. The test will show how this new technology might solve those problems. Workers working on this project are developing concepts and algorithms for the fully-automated, driverless drive system.
Dr. Stephan Hönle, senior vice president, business unit automated driving at Robert Bosch GmbH, said: “The decisive factor is to introduce a safe, dependable and mature system. Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production. If in doubt, thoroughness comes before speed.
“The decisive factor is to introduce a safe, dependable and mature system. Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production. If in doubt, thoroughness comes before speed.”
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