Elektrobit (EB), a premier developer of innovative, embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, has recently rolled out EB robinos, the first-ever complete, hardware-agnostic software solution designed to help automakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers develop and bring to market highly automated driving systems.
The new software addresses the needs of every automotive manufacturer and supplier that is racing toward the development of a growing number of automated driving features and grappling with the intricacy of state-of-the-art in-car systems. These systems incorporate both hardware and software elements, including actuators and sensors, as well as components for control, fusion, and more. EB robinos offers a single, open platform that can help speed up HAD development and production. The end-to-end solution is ideal for collaborative efforts among a number of parties such as suppliers, automakers, software developers and others.
According to Alexander Kocher, president and managing director, Elektrobit, their EB robinos enables automakers to shift their focus from architecture to what really matters to them: rapidly brining cars to market with features that will thrill customers and differentiate their models from the competition. “Our approach accelerates development, saving them time, money and resources.”
Built around EB’s cutting-edge, open-interface architecture for HAD—called open robinos—the solution includes a functional, standardized architecture equipped with open interfaces and software modules for different driving features and functionalities. Thanks to this integrated approach, it is faster, easier and more cost-effective to develop prototype systems as well as to develop and control embedded applications in production vehicles.
Apart from its open-interface architecture—which works with different hardware—EB robinos will supply software for development and embedded prototyping, and over 20 various software modules to address various functionalities. Automakers may select the components that suit their needs. The good news is EB robinos for EB Assist ADTF for developing and testing driver-assistance systems is now available. The initial software modules for embedded solutions, which consist of grid fusion and path planning, are set to hit the market in the third quarter of this year.
EB robinos is beneficial for all types of automakers and Tier 1 suppliers, regardless of their existing experience with HAD systems. With open interfaces, the software can be easily integrated into existing systems and modules that are developed by an automaker or Tier 1 or can be used as a complete stand-alone solution unto itself. EB robinos works perfectly with any Automotive Open System Architecture (AUTOSAR) basic software. It runs on different driver-assistance hardware platforms for pre-development to series use, consisting of the Platform for Autonomous Driving, which supplies developers with existing hardware and the EB tresos operating system.
Phil Magney, founder and principal, Vision Systems Intelligence, said in a statement that developing applications for highly automated driving calls for the integration of different hardware and software components that has to work together smoothly. He added that creating, coordinating, and merging these inpidual parts to cover all needs—from functionality and efficiency to safety and security—presents huge challenges. “EB robinos consolidates many elements of the tool chain into a single open platform that can speed development of any autonomous driving program, regardless whether it already exists or is a greenfield venture.”
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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