Perception software house Vayavision receives EU funding

Perception software house Vayavision receives EU funding

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Unlike existing solutions, the Vayavision software processes the raw data of all relevant sensors (radar, lidar, cameras); in contrast, conventional systems use pre-processed high-level data from the sensors at this stage. Together with an up-sampling algorithm, sensor fusion at the raw data level enables much more accurate environmental models to be created for automated driving, explained Vayavision CEO Ronny Cohen.

Now Vayavision, a start-up from Or Yehuda (Israel) who currently employs 30 people, has received funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The aim is for the software manufacturer to expand its market presence in Europe in the period up to 2020.

Vayavision’s winning proposal, “Seeing the View,” detailed using the funding to support activities involved in bringing the company’s debut perception software product, VAYADrive 2.0, to the European market, including: adapting and customizing VAYADrive 2.0 in preparation for European market; marketing and support infrastructure; training; and local European presence and support teams to assist EU-based OEMs and Tier Ones.

According to Cohen, the environment perception systems currently available on the market are not optimal in terms of both accuracy and price. The reliability of these systems also leaves a lot to be desired, says Cohen. The software developers from Or Yehuda want to eliminate these weaknesses by directly processing the data from the sensors without relying on the pre-processing integrated in the sensors. This means that the Vayavision system has to process much larger amounts of data, but it can also identify the relevant objects in the vehicle’s environment with greater accuracy. To handle the he huge amounts of data, the software males use of a Deep Neural Network (DNN) running on Nvidia hardware. In addition to the DNN, the software also uses classical image processing algorithms, says Cohen. What’s more, the company also took functional safety into account during the development on several levels. “We can even use it to detect unclassified objects,” said Cohen.

Vayavision’s product is aimed at automotive OEMs and Tier Ones. Cohen said that in Europe and Asia, “between 5 and 10” customers had already been acquired, but without naming any names. “The negotiations are all under NDA,” said Cohen.

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