Autopilot

Intel's head office in California. / Photo by: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons

 

Two companies developing autonomous driving technologies -- Intel and Baidu -- made an agreement involving the adoption of practices by Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel. The practices are a part of the innovative framework called the Responsibility Sensitivity Safety model.

Under the agreement, the Chinese firm will adopt RSS in its open-source project, Apollo Open Platform. Apollo supports numerous technologies for self-driving program development such as LIDAR, RADAR, cameras, navigation tools, controller area network or CAN bus, sensor units, and other related hardware parts.

With Mobileye’s RSS framework, two fundamental pillars will be adopted -– safety assurances and economic scalability. Safety assurances include the design of autopilot software, the efficiency of the software, and the safety capabilities of the software. The main objective of this aspect is to prevent accidental collisions due to problematic mathematical models. Meanwhile, economic scalability includes policies and steps to properly handle the rising demands of the market.

“At Mobileye, safety assurance of automated vehicles is one of the most important issues facing the AV industry, and we are pleased Baidu has agreed to join us in this effort to deliver verifiable safety of AV decision-making into the China market,” stated Jack Weast, chief system architect of Autonomous Driving Program at Intel.

The move will also include hardware upgrades for Baidu AV units. Mobileye will provide the Surround Computer Vision Kit that consists of 12 cameras placed around the vehicle. It comes with a dedicated computer program capable of analyzing and interpreting images captured by the cameras.

Apollo has enlisted 116 global partners one year after its official launch. The RSS framework can help out these partners to use the open-source platform and build their AV systems with the inclusion of performance and safety.