NXP enables AI-based ADAS platform; rolls V2X chip

September 12, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Just in time for the IAA, chip manufacturer NXP announces a cooperation with the software manufacturer Hella Aglaia (Berlin). The two companies intend to jointly develop an AI option for the existing platform for camera-based driver assistance systems. A new modem for V2X data communication should also enable higher integrated devices.

Hella Aglaia, a subsidiary of the automotive supplier and lighting specialist Hella KGaA, offers an image processing system that can act as a central element of camera-based driver assistance systems (ADAS). With this image processing platform, the software manufacturer pursues an open strategy: Instead of a monolithically integrated function block, interested parties can choose which vehicle-related functions they would like to have integrated - examples are pedestrian, traffic sign or vehicle recognition. In the future, Hella Aglaia will also support the image processing processors of the S32 family as well as the application processors of the i.MX family from NXP. The S32V supports functional safety according to ASIL levels B and C; this processor family will therefore be used primarily in ADAS systems with a direct influence on driving decisions.

Next year, NXP plans to launch a version of the S32 on the market that is powerful enough to enable applications of the Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to the company, functions such as pixel-oriented object classification, semantic path search and vehicle localization can then be implemented.

At the IAA, NXP will also be presenting a high-performance modem for DSRC radio links. DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) is one of the techniques for implementing automated data exchange between vehicles and infrastructure (V2X). According to NXP CTO Lars Reger, the new modem with the model name SAF5400 is the first DSRC model suitable for automotive use on a chip. Designed as software-defined radio (SDR), the module can be used worldwide in regions with different regulatory frameworks.