FORCES Pro's specially tailored algorithms keep computation time consistently low, enabling its implementation in complex situations
LONDON, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the global autonomous driving software market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes embotech AG with the 2018 European Technology Innovation Award for its leading-edge motion planning software, FORCES Pro. This physics-based software requires less computing power to activate autonomous driving mode than traditional artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning systems.
"embotech's FORCES Pro enables engineers to employ optimization-based design in demanding applications, eliminating the hassle of dealing with complex, low-level implementation details," said Anirudh Venkitaraman, Senior Consultant at Frost & Sullivan. "The technology is agnostic to sensor technologies, which means that it can interface with several advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) sensors, including LiDAR, radar, forward cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, to gather data and set up autonomous driving functions."
The software supports level 2+ to level 5 vital embedded self-driving functions such as:
- Adaptive Cruise Control - Reduction of fuel consumption or Extension of battery range (EV's)
- Lane Keeping Assistance
- Highway Driver—Eyes and mind off highway driving
- Valet Parker—Low-speed maneuvering and autonomous parking for parallel, perpendicular, or any other parking spot configuration
- Urban Driver—City driving, including intersection and traffic jam assist
The system can also perform emergency maneuvers at the physical limits of the vehicle like braking and evasive steering in all the above driving functions or override the driver when the vehicle is in manual mode.
embotech's software adopts a deterministic mathematical approach that is based on physical models and involves no AI or machine learning in the driving function. The ability to process new situations involving obstacles of all sizes, shapes, and positions makes it ideal for complex, unpredictable environments like congested roads or urban spaces. Additionally, the software is compatible with all standard automotive electronic control units (ECUs) and as well as non-standard vehicle types.
"embotech's algorithms are configured with the physical specifications of the car, without requiring situational pre-programming or vehicle training," noted Venkitaraman. "For infrastructure based solutions, where the embotech software is integrated in the cloud to "remote control" vehicles, it can schedule and plan the motion of multiple vehicles simultaneously to improve efficiency and prevent gridlock."
Overall, this next-generation software has positioned the company as an early mover in the level 4 and 5 autonomous driving systems market in addition to innovative applications currently developed with the embotech software for level 2+ and 3 driving functions.
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About embotech AG
embotech AG, a spin-off of the ETH Zurich, was founded in 2013. Embotech, short for embedded optimization technologies, strives with its FORCES Pro core software to lead the market for numerical optimization solutions that will be integral part of tomorrow's decision-making systems. Main fields of activity of the company are the automotive, aerospace and energy industries.
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