Audi, Arm, NXP join autonomous driving tech group

June 28, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Audi, Arm, NXP join autonomous driving tech group
The Autonomous, a technology community around the development of autonomous mobility, has attracted more than half a dozen high-profile members. In addition to car manufacturer Audi, companies from the semiconductor and software industry as well as research institutes have announced their participation in the technology circle. This could considerably increase the momentum of the group that aims at developing next-gen technology for autonomous mobility.

The partners and leaders in their domain include Arm, Audi together with Volkswagen’s software company Cariad, software vendor Baselabs, tier one supplier Denso, semiconductor provider NXP as well as the German Fraunhofer IESE and the the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.

Under the umbrella of “The Autonomous”, the members of the first standing Working Group are committed to working towards a safe system architecture for self-driving vehicles. The goal of this collaboration is to lay the basis for safety standardization and pave the way for mass autonomous vehicle production. This form of cooperation should help overcome hurdles of the prevailing competition in the industry and solve safety challenges. And make R&D efforts more affordable for the industry.

“This cross-industry collaboration marks the starting point for a change of mindset in the industry and for further partnerships that will help overcome major hurdles of the prevailing competition,” says Ricky Hudi, Chairman of The Autonomous. “The development of truly driving will be better mastered by joint forces of car manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, tech and research companies. Therefore, a pre-competitive environment is necessary to develop safe technology beyond borders. By this, we create the basis for sustainable customer trust including best practices and cross-industry standards.”

According to consulting company PWC, car manufacturers’ R&D costs have increased significantly due to the rise of electric, connected and autonomous vehicle development. In the USA and Asia, R&D spending rose by one-third (to €13 bn and €28 bn respectively), while in Europe it increased by 75 percent to €42 bn during the last decade. But increasing costs are not the only challenge for companies within the automated driving sector.

Product liability, emerging technological best practices and increasing technical complexity all demand know-how in various fields to solve remaining safety problems. To overcome these challenges, The Autonomous proposes a collaborative approach, bringing all relevant industry players together


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