Ambarella and Autobrains collaborate on scalable range of AI solutions

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Ambarella and Autobrains have entered into a collaboration to develop a scalable range of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) solutions for the automotive mass market.

Ambarella is an AI vision silicon company and Autobrains is a developer of self-learning artificial intelligence technology for assisted and autonomous driving.

Autobrains’ self-learning AI is a radical move away from traditional deep learning systems that does not rely on labelled data. Instead, it creates a unique representation of space and an understanding of the contextual elements of driving scenarios. The company's technology requires far less computing power, which will enhance the efficiency provided by Ambarella’s portfolio of CVflow edge AI perception SoCs.

The automotive industry is continuing to accelerate its adoption of ADAS to meet regulatory mandates as well as consumer demand for increased safety and automated driving features.

The first offering from this collaboration looks to provide an 8MP front ADAS solution which will be compliant with today’s regulations and the five star NCAP standards that will go into effect in 2023. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic signal recognition are just some of the top front-ADAS applications that this joint solution will be able to address.

At the same time, the industry is beginning the transition toward a centralised and modular ADAS computing architecture to support higher L2+ and L3 levels of autonomy.

Autobrains’ technology can derive information from all sensor modalities and fuse them for a more complete and accurate perception that enables advanced automated driving features in a modular fashion. This ability, combined with Ambarella’s modern and broad SoC product portfolio, is able to create a more scalable solution.

“The industry-leading AI performance per watt of Ambarella’s edge AI perception SoCs, in combination with Autobrains’ self-learning AI software, provides a compelling solution for the many ADAS regulatory requirements across the globe,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “Building on this initial offering for ADAS and L2+ semi-autonomous capabilities, our companies are developing additional joint solutions to address the trend toward increasing levels of vehicle autonomy. Ambarella is positioned to support this trend, as we offer the only AI perception SoC platform that scales from front ADAS to L4.”

“Autobrains’ self-learning AI technology bridges the gap toward the promise of fully autonomous vehicles,” added Igal Raichelgauz, CEO of Autobrains. “By reducing the burden of manually labelling data that feed systems, which causes the misinterpretation of the most challenging scenarios, our technology enables far more features with increased accuracy. Running our extremely efficient software on Ambarella’s modern and efficient AI perception SoCs creates a cost efficiency leap in increased levels of autonomy. The resulting solution differs greatly from competitors’ systems not only in features and quality, but also in its approach of equipping our customers with an open-box solution that can be explained, controlled and customised.”

Autobrains and Ambarella’s first joint project, which will be demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas next year, integrates an 8MP CMOS image sensor with Ambarella’s CV2 AI SoC family, running Autobrains’ AI perception software capable of supporting the detection required for NCAP-2023 five-star compliance.

Additional features include video-based ACC and traffic sign recognition, housed in a compact form factor with extremely low power consumption. This project is the first step toward demonstrating the scalability and modularity of the companies’ joint solutions, including future SoCs from Ambarella with more advanced features capable of supporting additional sensor information while enabling far richer feature sets.