Samsung launches open platform for collaborative development of autonomous driving

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Samsung Electronics has introduced an open, modular and scalable hardware- and software-based platform for autonomous driving, Drvline. The platform is designed to enable vendors to collaborate, the software to be customised and for components to be swapped.

“Building an autonomous platform requires close collaboration across industry, as one company cannot deliver on this enormous opportunity alone,” said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics, and chairman of the board at Harman. “The challenge is simply too big and too complex. Through the Drvline platform, we’re inviting the best and brightest from the automotive industry to join us, and help shape the future of the car of tomorrow, today.”

Drvline’s components make use of Samsung’s expertise in electronics, IoT and embedded systems, including in-car compute for Levels 3, 4 and 5 automation. The platform also features a new ADAS forward-facing camera system from Samsung and Harman that will meet upcoming NCAP standards.

“In a car, the human brain is constantly performing incredibly complex calculations while driving,” said John Absmeier, senior vice president of autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit at Harman and vice president of smart machines for Samsung Electronics. “How far is that lamppost? Is that pedestrian going to step into the street? How long until the amber light turns red? The industry has made incredible advances in automation, yet in-car compute is still a long way from approximating the power of our brains. The Drvline platform, with its open and high-level compute capability, is a first major first step towards building an ecosystem to support full autonomy.”

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