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New automotive and computing consortium to create common platform to speed up autonomous vehicle development

Companies from the automotive and computing industries have formed a new consortium to develop a common computing platform for autonomous vehicles.

The new Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), officially launched at Arm TechCon in San Jose, California on October 8, brings together Toyota, General Motors, Nvidia, Bosch, Continental, Denso NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Electronics and Arm.

AVCC members will collaborate to develop a set of recommendations for a system architecture and a computing platform for autonomous vehicles.
These recommendations will govern areas like safety and are being put together with the ultimate goal of taking current technology that is at prototype stage to full commercial deployment.

Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager, Automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) Line of Business, Arm, said: “The future of mobility and the safe, scalable deployment of advanced driver assistance systems to fully autonomous vehicles for mass production requires unprecedented industry collaboration.

“The AVCC brings together leaders from across the automotive industry landscape to tackle complex foundational technological and computing challenges to accelerate our path to a truly autonomous future.”

Michael Meier, Bosch director of engineering and product management, Drivers Assistance and Automated Driving, said that as well as the hardware side, autonomous vehicles will require sophisticated software.

Meier said Bosch will be focussing developing recommendations for application programming interface (API). He said this will help give developers, manufacturers and suppliers access to the building blocks of autonomous vehicles systems.

APIs can help allow different software developers to collaborate on new functionality and tools.

AVCC working groups will share ideas and study common technological challenges, facilitating cross-industry collaboration to help the automotive industry work together by defining, educating and publishing for the benefit of all.

Massimo Osella, AVCC chairman of the board, and lab group manager, Research & Development at General Motors, said: “The massive amount of technological innovation required to power fully self-driving vehicles at scale requires collaboration at an industry level. 

“As the AVCC, we are working together to create the ’go to‘ organization for autonomous computing expertise to help bring this technology to market.”

AVCC is openly looking for more members to join the consortium to share their advances on autonomous vehicles with the technical community.

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