New system supports development of functions for automated driving
dSpace has introduced the Autera product family, which is designed to provide developers and test drivers with a complete product portfolio that supports the development of functions for automated driving by means of high computation power, high bandwidth, and abundant storage. dSpace will launch this new product family at the dSpace World Conference, which takes place on November 19 and 20 in Munich, Germany.
The Autera AutoBox storage solution, called the Autera Data Storage Unit, provides multiple terabytes of storage space in combination with the high-volume Autera solid-state disk and a large storage bandwidth of up to 50 Gbit/s. To also handle computation-intensive tasks, such as the development, validation, and optimization of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, the Autera AutoBox can be equipped with hardware accelerators, such as GPUs and FPGAs. These can also be used during data logging of a test drive to perform intelligent data filtering and preprocessing. This process is intended to save time for data evaluation and increase the storage capacity for the data logging system.
The Autera system offers bus and network support based on the latest standards, such as AUTOSAR and FIBEX. To process data from various sensors synchronously, the Autera AutoBox records precise time stamps and supports a number of camera interfaces, such as GMSL II, FPD Link III, or CSI II, to ensure compatibility with various camera manufacturers. A dedicated Autera upload station will be available to upload the logged data as quickly and easily as possible to an existing server or cloud infrastructure. Its interfaces can upload the recorded data to the data center at an extremely high bandwidth (e.g., 100 Gbit/s Ethernet).
“The dSpace Autera systems offer our customers a high-performance solution for developing functions for automated driving that supports all relevant sensor interfaces, buses, and networks, can be combined with other development systems, such as the MicroAutoBox, and is ready for use with preinstalled software,” said Marius Müller, Product Manager at dSpace.
The Autera AutoBox is delivered with a setup based on RTMaps. With the component-based software development and run-time environment, users can record data from various sensors and vehicle buses and add time stamps, synchronize the data, and replay it. Alternatively, additional software environments, such as Linux-based applications, can be used. A documented application programming interface (API) of all relevant interfaces is provided. A fleet management solution is planned for a future release, letting users easily manage and monitor Autera systems during fleet deployment.