Renesas expands ADAS chip cooperation with Honda

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Renesas Electronics, a semiconductor developer, says it is to further its ADAS development collaboration with Honda. Honda’s Sensing Elite system, which equips the auto maker’s Legend model, already uses Renesas’s RH850 automotive MCU. Now Honda will use the RH850 in its Sensing 360 omnidirectional safety and driver assistance system, with the first model equipped with the system to launch on the Chinese market this year. Furthermore, Honda has selected Renesas’s R-Car S4 as the main SoC in the electronic control unit (ECU) for the next-generation Sensing 360 system – the core of the ADAS.

“Renesas is proud to be able to contribute to innovation in Honda’s advanced safety technologies,” said Takeshi Kataoka, SVP and general manager of the Automotive Solution business unit at Renesas. “Renesas shares with Honda a design philosophy that emphasizes safety and reliability above all, and we plan to further expand our collaboration to bring sophisticated driver-assistance systems to all mass-production models in the near future.”

The Renesas R-Car automotive SoC processes sensing data from cameras, millimeter-wave radar and lidar as well as data for three-dimensional high-definition maps and the global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The SoC also monitors the vehicle’s position and the road conditions, and computes route plans in real time. The RH850 automotive MCU provides support for driving operations and collision avoidance by receiving signals from R-Car and performing advanced control of the accelerator, braking and steering systems.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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