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NXP Unveils ADAS Platform to Enable Autonomous Vehicles

16 May 2016

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced its BlueBox platform, a combination of NXP silicon and software for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which aims to accelerate the self-driving vehicle era.

NXP says the BlueBox platform includes a central computing engine mixed with radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard secure vehicle-to-communication (V2X) system powered by NXP semiconductors. Using this platform, automotive OEMs can meet the safety, power and processing performance required for autonomous driving using the company’s deep system awareness and programmability included in the ICs.

As a result, NXP says leading carmakers—and NXP claims four out of the Top 5 largest carmakers already have access to the Bluebox engine—can design, manufacture and sell Level-4 self-driving cars by 2020. NXP, now the largest provider of semiconductors to the global automotive market after acquiring Freescale, says it has shipped more than 30 million ADAS processors to data to eight out of the Top 10 largest carmakers.

How It Works

BlueBox allows for multiple streams of sensor data to be routed through its ADAS engine, creating a 360- degree world model around the vehicle. This safety feature manages both in managing and preventing emergency situations that occur on the road or that have the possibility of happening. The platform also includes embedded intelligence and machine learning, which enables a complete situational assessment of the vehicle and supports advanced classification tasks, as well as gives the vehicle object detection, localization, mapping and vehicle-driving decisions.

The BlueBox platform is an open platform that is Linux-based programmable in linear C language in order for automotive OEMs to customize the platform for ADAS and V2X differentiation.

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