Samsung wants to help push the auto industry to level 5 automation with a new hardware and software platform called DRVLINE, which the company says is aimed at creating a more modular and open approach to driverless vehicles ( which Samsung refers t as being a first of its kind), according to an announcement that the company during its press conference at CES 2018 this week. More directly, Samsung says that the current industry environment often forces automakers and other end-users to buy all-or-nothing packages from vendors. That’s just not flexible enough for such a rapidly changing industry, according to Samsung. Moreover, the company suggests, it effectively creates too much separation between the tech companies involved. That’s counter to progress because solving the problems involved with autonomous vehicles is going to require an industry-wide effort and more customizable options for automakers.
On the other hand, DRVLINE has been deliberately designed to be open and modular, as previously mentioned. That means it is effectively an open platform for any vendor that wants to be included and that collaboration can occur between vendors in order to suit the needs and requirements of a customer. It also means that software can be tweaked or updated as needed and that individual components are readily swapped out if that’s required for a given vehicle. As a result, companies that are responsible for the manufacture and design self-driving vehicles can choose which of the latest technologies they want to include and swap them for newer, better ones as they arrive.
Samsung does, of course, have its own products and services available via the platform since it has such a wide range of expertise in technologies. For example, DRVLINE does include the results of a recent development from Samsung and its HARMAN subsidiary. ADAS is a forward-facing camera system that meets the upcoming New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) standards – including lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking standards. The company is not alone in its endeavors, either, and says that it has been engaged with several partners from across the industry. Those are said to currently include companies with backgrounds in communications, in-car compute, software, and sensor technologies.