Elektrobit and NXP join forces on automated driving

June 21, 2017 //By Julien Happich
Elektrobit and NXP join forces on automated driving
Elektrobit (EB) and NXP Semiconductors announced a collaboration to deliver a new development platform that integrates the NXP BlueBox Automated Drive Development Platform and Elektrobit’s EB robinos software framework for highly automated driving systems.

Automakers face significant hurdles in the quest to bring self-driving applications to market efficiently. Solutions to problems such as how to route multiple streams of automotive sensors data quickly and reliably, how to tackle complex software development in-house and how to create differentiation are in high demand. With these challenges in mind, the two companies developed a combined hardware-software solution with unique benefits for carmakers.

EB robinos is a hardware-agnostic software framework that enables carmakers and automotive suppliers to develop and bring to market increasingly automated driving features and manage the complexity of advanced in-car systems. It has a functional, standardised architecture equipped with open interfaces plus software modules for a variety of different driving features and functionalities

Its modular approach can accelerate the development of automated driving features, integrating the highest functional safety and error management mandatory for automated driving. Artificial intelligence makes advanced situation detection and path planning functionality possible.

On the hardware side, NXP BlueBox is a comprehensive autonomous vehicle computer that meets the stringent safety, power and processing performance requirements of the global automotive industry. Then EB robinos software framework routes multiple streams of complex sensor data in real time to the NXP BlueBox engine, where hardware and software fuse them to create a complete 360° world model around the vehicle.

“Developing automated vehicle functions is very challenging for many reasons. One of the most challenging tasks for automated vehicle development is interfacing software components with your target platform. The availability of EB robinos for NXP’s BlueBox means that applications can be run on the hardware via the EB robinos open interface specification. This saves time and enables a proper buildup of functionality,” said Phil Magney, founder and principal advisor at Vision Systems Intelligence, LLC.

“NXP’s BlueBox is a collection of processing and support logic that can handle the real-time processing and safety requirements of automated driving. With EB robinos, developers can now develop with a

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