Tata Elxsi’s autonomous car platform chosen by global OEM

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Jun 2017


Representational image of an autonomous car.

Design and technology services company Tata Elxsi, which is also a leader in automotive electronics and software development, has announced the licensing of its advanced autonomous vehicle middleware platform ‘Autonomai’ to one of the world’s top five automotive OEMs for its driverless car R&D purposes.

According to Tata Elxsi, the Autonomai platform provides carmakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers with a comprehensive and modular solution covering perception, GNC and drive-by-wire systems to quickly build, test and deploy autonomous vehicles.

This solution supports sensor fusion with a variety of sensors from cameras to radar and lidar, and leverages sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning-based algorithms to deliver the complex use-case scenarios expected of driverless cars. 

Autonomai also allows rapid region-specific adaptation through its pre-integrated validation datasets and AI and deep learning capabilities.  

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Key features of Autonomai 
- Modular archictecture to suit customer needs: Full middleware, systems, sub-systems, specific advanced ADAS applications.

- Plug-and-Play architecture: Easy porting, optimisation, integration and testing of customer systems, subsystems, and algorithms.

- Supports combination of multiple sensors to suit customer requirements: LiDAR, Radar, Ultrasonic sensors and Mono/Stereo cameras.

- Enables rapid region-specific adaptation: Through pre-integrated validation datasets and AI and deep learning capabilities.

Tata Elxsi says its convolutional neural network-based Traffic Sign Classifier achieved best-in-class 99.59 percent accuracy on German Traffic Sign Recognition Benchmark dataset, surpassing the best human performance of 98.84 percent.

“We are delighted with this latest win for Autonomai by one of the world’s top 5 car OEMs,” said Nitin Pai, senior vice-president (Marketing), Tata Elxsi. “Car makers will need to ensure that self-driving cars are able to communicate with each other through technologies such as V2X, adapt to different driving conditions, receive real-time maps and over-the-air software updates. As importantly, OEMs need to transform the current HMI to one that leverages AI, multi-modal interfaces and sensors to ensure passengers are not only safe, but feel safe too."

"The value of Autonomai is further enhanced by Tata Elxsi’s world-class automotive software integration and validation capabilities, its portfolio of complementary next-gen solutions including V2X, e-cockpit and automated validation, and an award-winning HMI design team. This makes Tata Elxsi a truly compelling partner for OEMs and suppliers in driverless car development,” added Pai.