Samsung introduces DRVLINE platform for autonomous driving market

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During CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduced its new Samsung DRVLINE platform, which is an “open, modular, and scalable hardware and software-based platform” for the autonomous driving market.

Samsung says that the DRVLINE platform is a valuable technology for automakers because it can “integrate best-in-class technology into new vehicles, while also building a foundation for fleets of the future.”

“Building an autonomous platform requires close collaboration across industry, as one company cannot deliver on this enormous opportunity alone. The challenge is simply too big and too complex,” says Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board at HARMAN, a connected technologies company that Samsung acquired for $8 billion last year.

“Through the DRVLINE platform, we’re inviting the best and brightest from the automotive industry to join us, and help shape the future of the car of tomorrow, today.”

The DRVLINE platform has been designed to allow for collaboration between vendors. Its software can be customized or enhanced, and individual components and technologies can be swapped in and out as needed, as well.

The DRVLINE platform incorporates a number of best-in-class components and technologies, which leverage Samsung’s global expertise in electronics, IoT, and embedded systems, including in-car compute for Levels 3, 4, and 5 automation.

The DRVLINE platform also includes a brand-new ADAS forward-facing camera system—developed by Samsung and HARMAN—that is engineered to meet upcoming New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) standards. These standards include lane departure warning, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

“In a car, the human brain is constantly performing incredibly complex calculations while driving,” explains John Absmeier, SVP of Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Business Unit at HARMAN and VP of Smart Machines for Samsung Electronics.

“The industry has made incredible advances in automation, yet in-car compute is still a long way from approximating the power of our brains. The DRVLINE platform with its open and high-level compute capability is a first major first step toward building an ecosystem to support full autonomy.”