Fisker has vehicle brain developed by Magna

January 04, 2021 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fisker has vehicle brain developed by Magna
Piece by piece, e-vehicle maker X reveals details of its planned SUV model Ocean: The car’s computer, branded as FI (Fisker Intelligent) Pilot, will be developed on cooperation with automotive supplier and engineering services company Magna.

The FI Pilot will be capable of perform over-the-air (OTA) updates enabling the vehicle to receive post-production functional upgrades including those regarding the autonomy level, Fisker announced in a press release. Fisker and Magna are working together to develop an industry-unique feature set and a suite of software packages powered by a scalable domain controller architecture. The partnership will result in joint intellectual property that would include unique features designed to enhance customer experiences.

According to Magna, the system to be developed will comprise cameras and ultrasonic sensors as well as a unique and first-to-market digital imaging radar technology. Co-developed with Austin, Texas-based technology startup Uhnder, ICON RADAR is claimend to be the first digital imaging single-chip radar solution for the automotive marketplace.

This partnership will result in the creation of a scalable domain controller architecture that will support a range of technologies and customer convenience features for the Ocean. These include:

  • Multi-function autonomous systems supporting Fisker-unique feature sets
  • OTA updates powered by the Fisker AI cloud and able to deliver incremental new advanced product features through the lifecycle of the vehicle
  • Advanced industry-leading sensor set, including digital imaging radar and high-resolution cameras supporting driver assistance features capable of higher levels of autonomy.

Fisker and Magna recently completed the definitive platform agreement and initial manufacturing agreement, just two months on from their original framework agreements. The Fisker Ocean will initially be manufactured exclusively by Magna in Europe, where it currently produces several vehicles on behalf of global brands. The Fisker Ocean is scheduled to start deliveries both in the U.S. and in select European markets during Q4, 2022.

The Ocean SUV will use a modified version of a Magna-developed EV platform to develop the FM29 platform, and in the process, create new IP that is unique to Fisker. Complementing the FM29 platform will be a customer-specifically adapted advanced electrical electronics architecture that will support all vehicle systems, including the ADAS suite of technologies.


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