Aptiv unveils new self-driving platform with wireless upgrades

11 January 2021 - 15:44 By Reuters
Aptiv has unveiled its next-generation autonomous driving platform.
Aptiv has unveiled its next-generation autonomous driving platform.
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Auto supplier Aptiv PLC on Monday unveiled its next-generation technology platform for automated driving, which can be used across a range of vehicles and be updated wirelessly so car makers can upgrade car features and fix glitches.

Aptiv chief technology officer Glen de Vos told Reuters the core of the new platform was the same whether a manufacturer was building a compact car or a full-size sedan — the larger vehicles merely require more sensors or cameras.

One of the biggest problems facing global car makers as they develop the sensors, radars and cameras necessary for self-driving technology is the cost. Fully self-driving vehicles are years away, but assisted-driving features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance are becoming more common.

For car makers “developing and validating these systems can cost many hundreds of millions of dollars,” in development and testing, De Vos said. “This platform dramatically reduces the system validation costs and represents dramatic savings for manufacturers.”

He added the new platform could save car makers up to 20% or 30% over Aptiv's previous-generation platform.

In 2019, Hyundai and Aptiv launched a $4bn (roughly R61,957,200,000) venture called Motional to develop self-driving technologies and be among the first to deploy fully autonomous cars on public roads.

Aptiv's new platform also allows the supplier to track vehicle problems and provides over-the-air updates so car makers can fix issues or upgrade self-driving features in real time rather than waiting for the next version of a vehicle.

“Now that I can update that car, I can enable new features and content for manufacturers to sell into that vehicle,” De Vos said.

Aptiv, headquartered in Dublin, also unveiled “zone controllers” for car makers to break down computing functions in cars into more manageable pieces that will improve computing power and reduce vehicle weight and costs.


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