Philips Engineering Solutions joins European project on enabling highly automated vehicles
Philips Engineering Solutions recently joined the NewControl project. The main goal of this European project is to develop virtualized platforms for vehicular subsystems that are essential to highly automated driving (realizing functions such as perception, cognition and control). This is needed to enable mobility-as-a-service for next generation highly automated vehicles. Its overarching goal is to provide an industrially calibrated trajectory towards increased user-acceptance of automated control functions, through an approach that is centered on the premise of safety by design.
NewControl has already started and will run until the end of 2022. It will deliver:
- Fail-operational platform for robust holistic perception through a combination of Lidar, Radar, and sensor fusion
- Generalized virtual platform for stable and efficient control of propulsion systems
- Cost- and power-efficient, high-performance embedded compute-platforms for in-vehicle perception, cognition, and control
- Robust approaches for implementing, verifying, and certifying automated control for safety-critical applications
Several demonstrators will be built to showcase the project’s findings and their capability to facilitate perception, cognition and control of next generation highly automated vehicles.
Philips Engineering Solutions is responsible to co-develop and realize the packaging of the Photonic IC and supporting electronics, with a focus on the optical and electronic interfaces.
Participation in this project provides Philips Engineering Solutions the opportunity to expand its electronic assembly competency with photonic assembly, utilizing sub-micron active alignment technologies.
Improvement of safety and reliability of automated systems
The developments in NewControl will facilitate significant cost reductions for essential modules necessary for future automated vehicles. Also, these developments will improve the safety and reliability of automated systems to levels necessary for mass-market deployment. These innovations will leverage the expertise of industrial and research partners along the complete semiconductor, automotive and aviation value chains, providing Europe with a competitive edge in a growing market. Importantly, NewControl’s innovations will improve the market penetration of safety-centric automation systems, contributing directly to the European goal of zero road fatalities by 2050.