Highly automated driving provides faster track to mass production

5th January 2017
Source: Renesas
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Highly automated driving provides faster track to mass production

Renesas Electronics and TTTech Computertechnik AG (TTTech) have announced that they have developed a Highly Automated Driving Platform (HADP). The new HADP is a prototype Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for mass production vehicles with integrated software and tools, which demonstrates how to use Renesas and TTTech technologies combined in a true automotive environment for autonomous driving.

The HADP accelerates the path to mass production for Tier 1s and OEMs.

The automotive market is moving rapidly to make autonomous driving a reality for consumers by 2020. The increasing information from sensors as well as its assessment and resulting actions require hardware and implementations of software that have high performance and comply with highest safety standards. Furthermore, the broad range of sensors and functions means new challenges for the implementation and integration of software.

The newly released HADP is the first outcome of the collaboration between TTTech and Renesas announced in January 2016, and is an extended version of the HAD solution kit released in October 2016. It is based on dual R-Car H3 system-on-chips (SoCs) and the RH850/P1H-C microcontroller (MCU).

The HADP has been developed based on an ASIL-D functional safety concept. It supports a highly efficient integration process for complex highly automated driving systems. The HADP can be used by Tier 1s and OEMs to immediately prototype their functions in an embedded automotive ECU. It shortens time to market by enabling system developers to verify and integrate software easily on the prototype ECU designed to deliver a faster track to mass production vehicles.

Jean-Francois Chouteau, Vice President, Global ADAS Centre, Renesas Electronics Corporation, said: “With the automotive industry's increasing focus on autonomous driving, OEMs are set to play a key role in ensuring the safety and robustness of innovative functions.”

Chouteau added: “The HADP offered by TTTech and Renesas enables OEMs to drastically reduce both development efforts and the time needed to bring autonomous driving on the road.”

“We are delighted to present the first joint platform of the cooperation between Renesas and TTTech,” said Dr. Stefan Poledna, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech. “Renesas’ expertise as a leading semiconductor solution supplier and TTTech’s proven experience as a provider of scalable safety ECU platforms are a perfect match enabling customers to develop highly performant autonomous driving solutions much quicker.”


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