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Audi to develop central driver assistance controller for piloted driving

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 April 2015

German automobile manufacturer Audi is developing a new central driver assistance controller (zFAS) with high-end computing power for piloted driving.

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Audi has awarded a contract to technologies specialist Delphi to supply systems for the zFAS electronics board.

A consortium of specialists including TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi has developed the various hardware and software components.

The zFAS board is equipped with both the EyeQ3 mobile processor from Mobileye and the new Tegra K1 from nVidia.

This will provide computing power that corresponds to the complete electronics architecture of a well-equipped mid-size car, the company claims.

The data computed by the zFAS board will be transferred via the cellular phone network via LTE, where available, to an IT backend in the cloud.

This will process these data using algorithms for machine learning and artificial intelligence before sending the data back to the car.

Audi is working to consolidate the portfolio of functions, the sensors necessary, the electronics hardware and the software architecture into a central system.

Bosch, Continental, Valeo and Delphi, along with Audi, are working on the sensors and actuating elements, such as braking and steering systems, in order to develop common standards and offer customers modern driver assistance systems for safety, comfort and convenience on the road to fully automatic driving.


Image: The zFAS board is equipped with both the EyeQ3 mobile processor from Mobileye and the new Tegra K1 from nVidia. Photo: courtesy of AUDI AG.