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27 July 2021

We are on a mission – To save 1.2 million lives every year  

Lately, attention is turning towards self-driving cars again. Some people envision driverless vehicles in the next couple of years; others struggle with the idea to trust a "robot" with their life. While some fear artificial intelligence with evil intentions, it might be time to wonder what are the ultimate goals that drive us and the teams at the heart of the AD and ADAS industry forward? 

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15 July 2021

End-to-end HiL testing with aiSim to maximize coverage

The aiSim team adapted the Hardware-In-the-Loop testing approach with a unique spin on the concept that allows for testing complete automated driving systems with live simulated sensor data without any prerecorded footage. In this post, I will provide some insights into the benefits and challenges of introducing this powerful and exciting new feature to aiSim.

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15 June 2021

Efficiency, not Utilization or TOPS: why it matters 

Technology leadership claims can often be “economical” with the truth, and this is particularly true for NPUs (Neural Processor Units). However, over-stated performance can lead to procurement decisions that fall short of expectations. The result is engineering targets missed, deadlines not met, and R&D costs escalating. For its aiWare NPU, AImotive focuses on benchmarking NPU efficiency to provide the best information for AI engineers. Many other NPU suppliers quote raw TOPS and hardware utilization as a measure of performance. What’s the difference, and why does it matter?

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3 June 2021

Introducing our new CCO – Q&A with Arnaud Lagandré

Joining AImotive with decades of automotive experience, our new Chief Commercial Officer has been at the heart of the automotive industries transition towards ever-higher levels of automation. Arnaud Lagandré brings a solution-focused attitude and in-depth cultural knowledge to AImotive. However, it's best to let people speak for themselves. We sat down with Arnaud to learn more about him and his motivation behind joining AImotive.

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20 May 2021

aiSim raytracing integrates Vulkan API to supercharge validation performance

Simulating the sensor modalities used in automated driving efficiently and accurately is an immense challenge. The best solutions is to rely on GPU-accelerated raytracing techniques and the efficient distribution of tasks. Today, the Vulkan API is the only tool that can support such a system – that’s why we’ve integrated it into aiSim.

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17 May 2021

Q&A: AImotive CEO Talks Sony Car, SiliconChips and New Market Opportunities

Laszlo Kishonti sees a potential opening for AImotive as non-traditional players look to enter the battery-electric market. In order to move quickly and be competitive, they’ll need to rely on companies like his for advanced technology, he believes.

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6 May 2021

Camera simulation – GPU is the only limit

In 2020 AImotive's aiSim™ simulator was certified to TCL 3 according to ISO 26262:2018 by TÜV-Nord. This made it the world's first ISO26262-certified comprehensive automated driving simulator for the development of automated driving solutions. Let’s go a layer deeper and see what’s under the hood: what makes aiSim's rendering engine special and unique.

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11 March 2021

Automated electric vehicles will rule our roads by 2030

Is the future electric, self-driving or both? The answer is complex and influenced just as much by long-term industry trends, regulation and consumer demands, as how quickly the technology develops. Let’s take a closer look.

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28 January 2021

aiWare™ Studio: helping optimize algorithms, not accelerators

For embedded applications, the biggest challenge is taking a concept from a prototype in the lab to a production-ready solution: a product that is robust over lifetime, certified to all the relevant standards, tested to ensure it always works, and cost-engineered to make sure it delivers a profit. You need tools designed to help engineers do that job as flexibly as possible.

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12 January 2021

How aiDrive accelerates Sony’s VISION-S Prototype

Delivering automated driving and driver assistance functions for a brand-new vehicle designed from scratch is a huge opportunity. We can fine-tune the sensor setup, the processing platform, the vehicle signals, and find ways to integrate all of them in the vehicle as seamlessly as possible while maximizing the value offered to the driver.

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13 November 2020

For software leadership, control your hardware

Apple’s recent announcement of the new M1 chip powering their latest Macs, following many years of successful deployment of their Ax chips powering their smartphones and tablets, demonstrates their use of hardware closely coupled to their software to maximize their product leadership. But why do they invest so much in their hardware platform?

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11 November 2020

Automating the real world – The power of the AImotive Fleet

At AImotive, we heavily rely on perfecting simulation testing for our automated driving development efforts. This push has led to the creation of aiSim, the world’s first ISO 26262-certified simulator for automated driving systems. However, not even the best simulation can substitute the real world...

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2 November 2020

Procedural traffic generation: what are the options?

In five years, AImotive has created what no company has done before: the world’s first automotive grade, ISO26262-certified simulator, aiSim. However, it is not enough to have high-fidelity vehicle dynamics, realistic sensor models and last but not least realistic traffic simulation....

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21 September 2020

Bigger is not always better: exploiting parallelism in NN hardware

When considering hardware platforms for executing high performance NNs (Neural Networks), automotive system designers frequently determine the total compute power by simply adding up each NN’s requirements...

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8 September 2020

Haste makes waste

Efficiency has always been at the core of everything we do at AImotive, which is why we realized early on that the quality of data collection is more important than its quantity, and that there are much smarter methods than standard data collection practices.

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17 August 2020

Accelerating remote automotive development

The unprecedented situation that has developed as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak has brought a new range of challenges to the fore in automotive software development. At AImotive, we are relying on...

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11 August 2020

Ensuring safety – on every level

To build a scalable technology platform for automated driving, we need to focus on safety throughout our development cycle. We have created a public Safety Report to show the framework of our approach to safety in ADAS.

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5 August 2020

The key to success is continuous development

At AImotive we are working to catalyze the mass deployment of automated driving solutions. In order to make these accessible to all, we still have to overcome several obstacles with our partners.

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21 May 2020

Design, code, test, repeat

Solving continuous integration – continuous deployment (CICD) development for safety critical automotive software is a complex challenge. While simulation is a vital aspect of the solution, simply having a simulator is not everything. At AImotive, we have created a unique CICD development pipeline, that relies on simulated and real-world data to ensure safe development.

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11 February 2020

Production L2-L3 ADAS begins with hardware

To get ADAS right, you have to start with the hardware. You can create the most advanced perception, robust decision making, detailed planning algorithms, but without a robust, reliable hardware platform with sufficient guaranteed performance, any deployment strategy will simply fail.

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9 August 2019

How to train your wagon – Reinforcement Learning for Automated Driving

First came computer vision and traditional algorithms, then supervised-learning artificial intelligence. Yet we continue to find limitations in what machines can do. A novel approach is to train AI as we would train a pet, or even, as we often learn ourse

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1 August 2019

Is liability bugging you?

Guidelines for software devs and safety drivers to mitigate personal liability. The question of personal liability in automated driving development is surprisingly common, as everyone is aware of the risks involved. At the first AImotive Meetup in Bud

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18 July 2019

Standardized scenarios for safer roads

Scenarios are the base of simulation testing for automated driving systems, just as simulation testing is the base of safe automated driving. However, until recently moving scenarios from one simulator to another was almost impossible. This has to change.

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2 July 2019

Powering autonomy

Higher levels of autonomy will require dedicated chips built for self-driving. However, developing hardware platforms requires unique expertise of a kind that most traditional automotive OEMs don’t have.

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17 May 2019

Do AVs need distributed computing?

Currently, many AVs use a powerful central compute platform, but as the technology, safety standards, and regulations mature even these platforms cannot deliver the performance needed. Distributed processing offers some answers, especially for AVs.

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30 April 2019

Open standards for safe automated driving

The proliferation of increasingly advanced automated driving technologies poses a new challenge for the automotive industry. One, that traditional safety standards are not equipped to solve.

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12 April 2019

Inference at the Edge

Many believe that Neural Network (NN) hardware accelerators are great for anything using NNs. However, NN training is very different to NN inference as happens in applications like autonomous vehicles (AVs). This blog explains the differences, and why aiW

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19 March 2019

From Walled Gardens to Collaboration

First people thought self-driving was a sprint race, now many think it’s a marathon. However, it’s turning out to be an ultra-marathon relay. No one can solve the challenges of self-driving alone: the future to automation lies in collaboration.

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28 February 2019

Modular technology meets automotive supply chain needs

What’s the problem?Creating production-ready, compute-intensive AI-enabled hardware platforms for automotive is becoming one of the most innovative, dynamic and creative areas for the semiconductor industry.

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15 February 2019

Sensor fusion paves the way to safer self-driving

No single sensor can handle the whole of self-driving, however, when utilizing sensor fusion the strengths and weaknesses of different sensor types have to be considered.

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31 January 2019

It's all about collaboration

The future of automated driving lies in collaboration. However, this has its different forms and levels. The way forward is paved with standardization, modular software architectures, and flexible designs.

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3 January 2019

2018 Changed Self-Driving

Much has changed in the autonomous industry over the past year, and even bigger changes are coming in 2019.

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19 December 2018

Precision simulation demands flexibility and scalability

Automotive simulation has a specific set of demands. Meeting them is no simple task.

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29 November 2018

Autonomous Technology Needs Better Simulation

Simulation is a game changer in autonomous technology, but more has to be done.

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22 November 2018

Tackling the upgradeability of automotive computer systems

​​​​​​​The demand for ever more advanced high-performance real-time compute processing hardware is increasing rapidly across the automotive industry.

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16 October 2018

Distributed vs. central processing: the eternal debate

As computer systems became more complex the question arose: centralize all resources, or distribute processing?

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1 October 2018

How self-driving cars understand the world (map)

It may sound trivial, but getting a self-driving system to understand its own movement is no easy task.

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16 August 2018

Why Sensor Fusion is Critical for Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving is one of the greatest challenges of our age. For the first time, we have the technological background, spatial and temporal resolution for a robotic system to fully understand its surroundings.

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12 July 2018

Safety Defines Autonomous Development

Functional safety is, without a doubt, the most crucial factor in safety-critical environments such as automotive development. Not only because you gain the trust of customers but because you would put the health and safety of test drivers and more import

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