Toshiba's Technologies for Autonomous Driving System Takes to the Road

Monday, September 11, 2017 11:26 am EDT


Toshiba America, Inc.

Autonomous driving systems must perform many and complex functions at once, including real-time monitoring and recognition of the road and its environs from video feeds and LIDAR(Note 1) information, and plan an appropriate course. Many autonomous vehicles now under development handle this computational complexity with high-end PCs(Note 2). Replacing such PCs with much more cost-effective dedicated processors that consume less power is vital for progress in autonomous driving.

Toshiba's ViscontiTM4 (TMPV7608XBG)(Note 3) image recognition processor, which carries out computationally intensive processing to measure 3D points(Note 4) from camera images, functions usually carried out by a high-end PC. The system also uses Toshiba-developed technologies to create obstacle maps of the vehicle's surroundings from camera and LIDAR input, and to determine a course that avoids such obstacles, and has demonstrated that this is computationally feasible for vehicle-mounted processors.

Toshiba has identified "perception, recognition, decision-making, and control" as the core requirements that must be met by autonomous driving technologies and through verification tests aims to realize a practical recognition and decision-making technology by 2020.

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