Google Scaled Back Self-Driving Car Ambitions
12 December 2016
, by Amir Efrati (The Information)https://www.theinformation.com/google-scaled-back-self-driving-car-ambitionsI wonder why?Researchers develop state-of-the-art processor chip for self-driving cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQQfUTFOaQDec 13, 2016
Car manufacturers today can no longer maintain competitive edge if their development doesn't go hand in hand with advanced technology or information technology. We're talking about autonomous vehicles as they are set to shape the future of driving as well as the future of their manufacturing strategy.
Driverless cars and the very latest technology on that --- on IT & Science Front this week reporting by Kim Jiyeon.
Local researchers at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute say they've succeeded in developing an advanced type of processor chip called "Aldebaran", a crucial element to the development of autonomous vehicles.
The chip will be in charge of controlling various technologies and data collected in the vehicle's sensors, which function as the eyes and ears of the autonomous vehicle... and are included in eight radars and cameras that monitor the vehicle from all angles, twelve ultrasonic wave sensors, a cloud system that enables data collection and data-sharing with other autonomous vehicles and process 3D digital maps containing geographic info.
"The chip functions like the brain of the vehicle, and enables it to detect surrounding vehicles and people. It can also run internal systems checks and alert the driver if there's anything wrong."
The Aldebaran incorporates quad-core technology, which means four processors that have different mandates work together to figure out what to do in a challenging situation, resembling how a human brain functions.
Moreover, even when all of its four processors operate at the same time, the Aldebaran consumes less than one Watt of electricity,... whereas existing processors consume a couple hundred Watts of electricity.
"Its energy efficiency is one-hundred times more elevated than other processors,... and this is important in determining the weight and volume of autonomous vehicles. To improve our model, we want to further work on downsizing the processors into a single chip."
Meanwhile, the country's leading automobile maker Hyundai Motor and its sister company Kia Motors have focused on developing technologies so that vehicles can assist drivers on highways.
Some of these technologies include the Advanced Smart Cruise Control function, which keeps distance with the preceding vehicles,... and the Lane Keeping Assist System,... which as the name implies, keeps vehicles running safely within a road lane even without the driver's maneuver on the steering wheel.
The automakers say they are also developing their own connected car operating system, or a 'ccOS' that will be used exclusively for their autonomous cars, equipped with state-of-the-art driver interface system as well as a navigation and multi-media function.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.