Aptiv boosts ADAS with AI, Sensor Fusion

  • January 13, 2021
  • William Payne

Aptiv has introduced a new version of its ADAS platform that is designed for electric and highly automated vehicles. The new platform uses AI to provide a detailed rendering of the environment around the vehicle.

The new platform combines interior and exterior sensing capabilities including radars, vision, and LiDAR. Among these sensors are corner/side radars and forward-facing radars, as well as Aptiv’s first 4D imaging radar. Aptiv claims this doubles the detection range compared to market available products. Aptiv’s Interior Sensing Platform includes radars, ultrasonic sensing, and cabin cameras, enabling OEMs to develop brand-building user experience.

The platform also incorporates advanced sensor fusion. AI and machine learning algorithms fuse 360-degree sensor inputs, providing a detailed rendering of the environment around the vehicle.

Using integrated driver-state sensing and interior sensing solutions – augmented by scalable software – Aptiv’s platform not only verifies if the driver’s eyes are on the road, it also recognises and responds to body positioning, gestures and eye movement to provide a higher level of safety.

A development tool chain allows OEMs to build on Aptiv’s solutions to accelerate development of connected features on automotive-grade systems.

The new platform is designed to span all vehicle segments by managing the software complexity and supporting features that range from entry-level safety compliance to advanced highway pilot and parking assist. Aptiv’s ADAS platform is designed to incorporate future technologies and features, including those developed in collaboration with Motional, providing further scalability to higher levels of automation.

“Our next-gen ADAS solution cost-effectively delivers safety features over the lifetime of the vehicle that exceed consumer expectations on a platform upon which OEMs can continue to innovate,” said Kevin Clark, CEO and president. “Our unique position as the only provider of both the brain and the nervous system of the vehicle makes Aptiv the partner of choice for developing software-defined safety solutions that can be democratised as they mature.”

The new platform is compatible with emerging zone control architectures, enabling new business models for OEMs through the creation of new features and services that can be updated over-the-air (OTA).