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The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 13

The e-car concept is progressively developing through the massive utilization of electronics solutions inside the car which is making driving safer, more comfortable and highly interactive with the driver. This is especially applicable to the new NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot (see Figure 1):

“The DRIVE AutoPilot system employs a combination of hardware and software to enable cars to drive themselves. Hardware comes in the form of NVIDIA's Xavier system-on-a-chip processor and numerous cameras. Scalable software comes in the form of NVIDIA's latest DRIVE software, which processes many deep neural networks (DNNs) for perception. The system is capable of handling highway merges, lane changes, lane splits, and personal mapping. In-vehicle features include driver monitoring, AI copilot capabilities, and in-cabin visualizations.” (Source: digit)

Figure 1

The NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot System (Source: digit)

The NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot System (Source: digit)

The importance of smart electronics components inside such an innovative system is underlined by the presence of the central computing core of this new solution, the NVIDIA Xavier (see Figure 2):

“NVIDIA Xavier, which the company considers as the heart the car. Its radar, lidar, and camera systems for guidance on the road are provided by Continental. ZF ProAI is a modular hardware concept by ZF Zukunft Ventures GmbH that already makes use of NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier processors and DRIVE software.”

Figure 2

The NVIDIA Xavier an innovative electronic System on Chip which acts as the 'heart' of the NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot (Source: digit)

The NVIDIA Xavier an innovative electronic System on Chip which acts as the “heart” of the NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot (Source: digit)

The trend of large electronics companies working in the automotive industry is to provide solutions to effectively support the driver by taking safety to a progressively increasing level, this trend has been confirmed by the NVIDIA Company that has introduced the DRIVE AutoPilot solution at CES 2019 (see Figure 3):

“Companies are taking a step back and turning their message from tech talk to safety commitments. There are a couple of trends to watch for in 2019. One is the safety features of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, or ADAS . At CES 2019, US GPU giant NVIDIA introduced the world’s first commercially available Level 2+ automated driving system, NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot, which will be packed into production-level cars by next year. Like other such products these days, it features in-vehicle driver monitoring that can detect if a driver becomes distracted or drowsy.” (Source: medium.com)

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The 'NVIDIA AI system monitors drivers for drowsiness' (Source: medium.com)

The “NVIDIA AI system monitors drivers for drowsiness” (Source: medium.com)

Do you think this type of technology will be effective? Do you like the idea of artificial intelligence applied to enhance driver’s safety?

1 comment on “The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 13

  1. markgrogan
    April 2, 2019

    Well of course we would need to figure out how best to configure a system so that the least amount of power is required by the system. The amount of electrical power can be controlled if we are careful about placement and systems used on the switchboard or anywhere else on the whole network for that matter! We just need to be more diligent about it if we want to increase efficiency!

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