Just a few weeks after we mentioned that Mobileye and Tesla were parting ways, yesterday during a press conference, we learned that Mobileye and Delphi Automotive (formerly part of General Motors) are going to partner up to create their own self-driving solution which they aim to have completed and available in 2019.
Delphi, a United Kingdom based company, and Mobileye, Israeli based, announced yesterday, the 23rd, in a press conference that the two would be partnering up to “jointly develop a complete SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution.” The pair has stated their tentative timeline of demonstrating their CSLP (Central Sensing Localization and Planning) platform at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas, and to have it in production and ready for customers in 2019. The demonstration will supposedly include a combination of both urban and highway driving.
Further, according to the press release, Mobileye seeks to unite their expertise in mapping and machine learning with Delphi’s advanced automated driving software, sensors and systems integration. Specifically, the two primary technological offerings that will be pulled from each company for this venture will be…
Mobileye’s EyeQ 4/5 System on a chip (SOC) and Road Experience Management (REM), which will be utilized for real time mapping and vehicle localization and Delphi will be bringing its autonomous driving software algorithms from its Ottomatika acquisition, which include Path and Motion Planning features, and Delphi’s Multi-Domain Controller (MDC) with the full camera, radar and LiDAR suite. In addition, teams from both companies will develop the next generation of sensor fusion technology as well as the next generation human-like “driving policy.”
One goal for the two tech giants integrating these crucial systems is to, hopefully, yield a platform capable of driving and “negotiating” with other human-driven cars along with pedestrians in busy and complex environments. If successful, this should help address the concern much of the public has had with the safety of autonomous cars driving alongside human drivers and in heavy foot-traffic areas. Additionally, from
Additionally, from WSJ, Kevin Clark, Delphi’s chief executive, states that another goal for this project is to “pool the investment as well as the technology and execution risk in one place so it doesn’t have to be duplicated by multiple automakers over and over again.” Essentially, they are wanting to be the foundation for most of the autonomous vehicles on the road – a role Mobileye itself has been aiming for since its inception.
In conclusion of the announcement, Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Chairman and CTO states:
Our partnership with Delphi will accelerate the time to market and enable customers to adopt Level 4/5 automation without the need for huge capital investments, thereby creating a formidable advantage for them.
Their timeline is indeed more aggressive than most with companies like Ford and BMW (in partnership with Mobileye) aiming for a level 4 release in 2021.
With both companies already amassing a large amount of experience in the autonomous driving industry coming from their involvement with various automotive companies such as Tesla, Volvo, BMW and many others, it will be interesting to see what they can develop and produce.
We’ll be eagerly awaiting CES next year which is set to commence on January 5th, 2017!