Electronics and Semiconductors

MicroVision’s lidar ported to Nvidia’s Drive platform

16 September 2022
The MEMS-based solid-state automotive lidar solution will be used by automotive vendors for ADAS technology as well as automated driving features on the Nvidia Drive platform. Source: Nvidia

MicroVision Inc.’s Mavin DR lidar technology is now supported on the Nvidia Drive AGX and Drive Sim platforms for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and development of autonomous vehicles.

The lidar sensor system features a dynamic field of view for high resolution at all ranges with low latency. It allows for ADAS safety features to be implemented by OEMs quickly, MicroVision said. The lidar is microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based and solid state, which when combined with perception software, allows for highway pilot functionality with low latency and high performance.

Nvidia’s Drive AGX is a scalable, open, software-defined platform that is the artificial intelligence (AI) brain for partially automated and fully autonomous vehicles. The technology allows for the development of AI-powered cars, trucks and robotaxis, as well as highly developed ADAS functionality.

Additionally, the Mavin DR lidar will be ported to Nvidia’s Drive Sim, a simulation platform built for autonomous vehicle development and validation.

Earlier this year, Nvidia revealed it has more than $11 billion over the next six years in the pipeline for its Drive Orin system-on-chip and software-defined AGX platform. This is over 25 automotive companies that have adopted the technology for partial and fully autonomous next-generation vehicles.

Many of these companies are developing the next generation of electric vehicles as well as robotaxis and autonomous shuttles and trucks.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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