Info
Info

Hella creates Open Fusion Platform to simplify development of autonomous driving functions

News

A German research network with reputable research institutions, universities, IT companies and also companies from the automotive industry has developed a near-series fusion platform with open interfaces (Open Fusion Platform, abbreviated to OFP). It enables automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to cost-effectively integrate highly and fully automated driver assistance functions for the purposes of automated driving.

Info

The OFP was developed by the network coordinator Hella together with the German Aerospace Centre, Elektrobit Automotive, Infineon Technologies AG, InnoSent, Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision, Reutlingen University, the RWTH Aachen Electromobility Centre, Streetscooter Research and TWT GmbH Science and Innovation. In addition, Continental and Nvidia supported the project in the role of associated partners.

The project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with €4.4 million ($4.97 million), was successfully completed after just over three years with the integration of the first fully autonomous driving functions in three demonstration vehicles. In the scenario implemented, an electric vehicle drives fully automatically to a free charging station on a parking lot and positions itself over the charging plate. After the charging process has been completed, it automatically searches for a free parking space without a charging plate.

“For such highly or fully automated scenarios, so far only prototypes have existed that were not yet close to series production,” explains Dr. Michael Schilling, Project Manager for Pre-Development of Automated Driving at Hella and Network Coordinator for the OFP project. “Today there already are driver assistance systems in series production, such as traffic jam assistants that merge data from two sensors. But for fully automated driving, it is necessary for the vehicles to be able to perceive their entire surroundings. To achieve this, data from a multitude of sensors and cameras has to be merged in order to create a full model of the surroundings. Such an environmental model then shows the driving environment with the required amount of accuracy, allowing to implement a reliable driving function.”

One challenge here revolves around the interfaces between the individual sensors and the central electronic control unit, which have not been standardised yet. The interfaces of actual driver assistance systems are very function-specific and depend on the individual supplier or automobile manufacturer. This is exactly where the research project started its work.

Four cameras and eight 77 GHz radar sensors, covering 360° around the vehicle, served as input for the OFP. An additional Vehicle to X-Communication module (V2X module) also enables communication between vehicles and external infrastructure, such as a charging plate. The network partners have disclosed the interface descriptions of the individual components in a freely available “Interface Specification”. During the project, an ISO working group for the standardization of the sensor data interfaces was launched by the research group together with other leading automobile manufacturers and suppliers.

Upon completion of the project, an updated interface description is published, which also flows into the ongoing ISO process. This means that for the first time ever all automobile manufacturers and suppliers will have the opportunity of integrating their products quickly and easily into the fusion platform. With the complex environmental model, Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision has developed the central component of the OFP.

Using the OFP visualisation, developers can see how the vehicle perceives the entire environment and then on this basis can decide how the sensor data is to be merged. Whether it is a complex driver assistance function or fully automated driving function - all functions can be programmed in this way.

“This accelerates development work, which ultimately leads to a growing number of functions and thus to automated driving functions moving earlier into the mid-range vehicle segment,” says Dr. Schilling.

Work on the OFP will continue after the project. Crucial questions will be as to how the sensor data can be processed with machine learning in order to improve functions and further accelerate the development work. The parking lot scenario is also to be expanded to include urban driving situations and general driving at over 20 km/h. These scenarios require interaction with other sensors, e.g. LiDAR sensors. It is precisely in this area of multisensory data fusion that OFP will be able to exploit its full potential. Moreover, functional safety will play a major role in further development to ensure that all developed functionalities are and remain fail-safe.


The Latest News, Brought To You By
Hella creates Open Fusion Platform to simplify development of autonomous driving functions
Modified on Tuesday 26th March 2019
Find all articles related to:
Hella creates Open Fusion Platform to simplify development of autonomous driving functions
TaaS Technology Magazine
Info
May Mobility Raises $50 Million In Series B Round Led By Toyota
DPDgroup GM Rob Fowler Becomes New CEO Of Volta Trucks
Volkswagen Group Components Produces Battery Systems For All EVs Built On The MEB Platform
Rimac Chooses Analog Devices To Enable Precision Battery Management In Its EVs
SK Innovation To Secure Significant Volume Of Cobalt In Long-term Supply Deal With Glencore
Midroc New Technology Returns As Owner In PowerCell
Hyundai Motor Unveils ‘Strategy 2025’ Roadmap
Mercedes-Benz Cars Starts Local Battery Production In Bangkok
Mobileye Is Mapping 28,000 Miles Of Barcelona’s Roads Daily To Improve Safety
Polish City Of Lublin Opts For Electric Solaris Buses
New EVgo Fast Charging Station Connects Northern And Southern California
WeRide Pilots RoboTaxi Service In Guangzhou, China
ABT And Schaeffler Establish Strategic Collaboration To Electrify LCVs
Silicon Mobility Opens New Subsidiary In Japan
Virginia DEQ And EVgo Celebrate Opening Of First HPCs In Statewide Public Charging Network
SGL Carbon And Hyundai Agree On Major Contract For Fuel Cell Components
EU Auto Makers Publish ‘check-list’ On Autonomous Vehicles For Policy Makers
International Car Operators (ICO) And ENGIE Join Forces In A Unique Partnership
Ubitricity Chooses EDF Energy To Power Its Accessible EV Charging Network
Mexico City To Be The New Home For 63 Yutong Dual-powered Trolleybuses
Latest RoboSense LiDAR Perception Solution To Support Robo Taxi Development
UK Witnesses Record Demand For Alternatively Fuelled Cars In November
Western Power Distribution And Ricardo To Lead Innovative Rapid EV Charging Trial
Transport Scotland’s Funding Reduces EV Car Club Membership Charges For Housing Association Tenants
Info
Info
×
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Logo
×
Logo
×
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.


Please subscribe me to:

 

You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
 
X
Info
X
Info
{taasPodcastNotification}