Autonomous, connectivity and HMI activities of Western suppliers - Part 3

ZF acquires WABCO, Aptiv forms Motional JV with Hyundai, Magna focuses on driver assist systems

2020/10/30

Summary

ZF
ZF autonomous ride-hailing demonstration vehicle

  ZF, Aptiv and Magna have employed varying strategic approaches on autonomous technologies, often with developing systems in other automotive areas that provide additional support for autonomous vehicles. ZF has focused on developing technologies for a variety of applications across all autonomy levels, from fully autonomous capabilities for commercial vehicles to driver assistance systems for personal passenger cars. ZF has partnered with e.GO and Transdev to create a series of e.GO Mover electric vehicles with autonomous capabilities for public transportation and goods delivery. Furthermore, ZF's acquisition of WABCO in May 2020 expanded its portfolio of autonomous and connectivity technologies for the commercial vehicle segment.

  Compared to ZF, Magna and Aptiv have taken more targeted approaches towards autonomy. Magna initially formed a partnership with Lyft in 2018 to help develop fully autonomous vehicles. However, in 2020, Magna announced that it would shift its efforts away from developing fully autonomous driving technologies in SAE autonomy levels 4 and 5 to assisted driving systems across levels 1 through 3.

  Aptiv's development of autonomous technologies focuses more on fully autonomous vehicles with systems designed for autonomy levels 4 and 5. Aptiv has also partnered with Lyft to provide autonomous taxi rides in Las Vegas, having provided 100,000 through February 2020. Furthermore, Aptiv and Hyundai invested USD 4 billion to create their Motional joint venture for level 4 autonomous driving systems in March 2020.

  This report is part of a series which highlights the activities of the largest European and U.S. automotive suppliers as related to autonomous, connectivity, mobility and HMI technology from January 2019 through July 2020. This report focuses on the activities of ZF, Aptiv and Magna.

 

Other reports in the series:
Part 1: Bosch and Marelli
Part 2: Continental and Schaeffler

Part 4: Valeo, Faurecia and Lear

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CES 2020: Changing the in-vehicle experience (Feb. 2020)
[VSI Labs] CES 2020 Show Report (Jan. 2020)
High-Performance Sensing Technology for Fully Autonomous Driving (Oct. 2019)



ZF expands autonomous development range

  A part of ZF's Next Generation Mobility Strategy focuses on providing suitable autonomous solutions based on the application. For example, ZF believes that intelligent driver assistance systems currently have the largest business potential for the passenger car market. On the other hand, ZF feels that commercial vehicle segments and urban public transportation would better utilize fully automated driving systems. ZF also sees opportunity in using autonomous driving systems in self-contained areas or specific, repeatable routes. At IAA 2018, ZF announced that it would invest more than EUR 12 billion for electric mobility and autonomous driving technologies from 2019 through 2023, highlighting its emphasis on autonomy.

  ZF's portfolio focuses on four technology fields: Electromobility, Automated Driving, Integrated Safety and Vehicle Motion Control. The trends of connectivity and mobility are contained within the fields of Integrated Safety and Vehicle Motion Control, as ZF develops systems to protect vehicle occupants or control the vehicle's movement by reacting to vehicle and road conditions.

  In May 2020, ZF completed the acquisition of WABCO Holdings, Inc. and integrated it into the company as the Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division. The acquisition enhances ZF's expertise in the commercial vehicle segment, particularly in autonomous and connectivity technologies.



WABCO acquisition broadens ZF's portfolio

  While ZF's strategy primarily revolves around the development of autonomous technologies and systems, it is also involved in the advancement of other automotive trends. This includes the development of the e.GO Mover for various applications, the joining of the MaaS Alliance, and the creation of an AI and cybersecurity center in Germany. ZF's recent acquisition of WABCO enhances its portfolio for commercial vehicles in ADAS functionalities and connectivity.

Category Operations
Investments and acquisitions Acquisition of WABCO
ZF successfully completed the acquisition of commercial vehicle technology supplier WABCO, having gained approval from all required regulatory authorities. WABCO will operate as an independent division within ZF called Commercial Vehicle Control Systems. The new Commercial Vehicle Control Systems division will employ approximately 12,000 people at 45 locations worldwide. (From a press release on May 29, 2020)
New R&D center in Huadu
ZF signed an investment agreement with the Huadu government. ZF will build a new research and development center in Huadu as a base for developing automotive electronics, brakes, steering, safety systems, new energy vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. ZF will launch the new center in 2023, after a total investment of CNY 700 million. (From a release on November 27, 2019)
Establishment of AI and cybersecurity center in Saarbrucken
ZF is establishing a technology center for AI and cybersecurity in Saarbrucken, Germany. ZF is expanding its activities in AI research with the new ZF AI & Cybersecurity Center. Approximately two-thirds of the employees will work in AI development while one-third will work in cybersecurity. (From a press release on March 12, 2019)
Collaborations and joint efforts Joining the MaaS Alliance
ZF has joined the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance. The group's objective is to transform urban mobility, promote networked mobility concepts, and create uniform standards for technologies and legislation. MaaS focuses on linking public transport and services such as taxis, ride-sharing and bike-sharing to form a seamless network. ZF offers all the components needed for autonomous shuttles from a single source and is developing integrated systems for networked and automated applications. (From a press release on November 7, 2019)
Partnership with Transdev and e.GO for mobility solution
ZF will partner with Transdev and e.GO for the development of a shared mobility solution by integrating the autonomous e.GO Mover with Transdev's operating system. ZF will equip the e.GO Mover with its ProAI central computer and sensors for automated driving. Transdev will provide its supervision system, connected infrastructure and client application. The partners aim to have a fully functional solution by 2020. (From a press release on January 7, 2019)
Exhibitions Technologies shown at UITP Global Public Transport Summit
ZF will present its portfolio at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm. This includes a comprehensive tool for bus fleets in the Openmatics open connectivity platform. ZF has also developed ZF-Drivelife, a cloud-based predictive maintenance program for the Ecolife transmission. ZF offers the most powerful central computer available in the automotive industry with the ZF ProAI RoboThink AI-enabled control box. ZF is also working on various autonomous transport systems. (From a press release on June 10, 2019)
Technologies shown at CES 2019
ZF will highlight its sensor portfolio at CES 2019. ZF's high-resolution Full-Range Radar is designed for a range of autonomous applications. The new, high-resolution Solid-State lidar developed with Ibeo can detect pedestrians and small objects. ZF's S-Cam4 highlights further expansion of the S-Cam portfolio. A 3D interior camera provides comfort and safety benefits. The ZF ProAI product family helps manage large amounts of sensor data. ZF will showcase a steering-wheel and pedal-free robo-taxi at CES 2019 to show new potential forms of urban mobility. (From press releases on January 6, 2019)
e.GO Mover autonomous vehicle ZF interior observation system
e.GO Mover autonomous vehicle ZF interior observation system


ZF's autonomous systems include ZF coASSIST, ZF coPILOT and ZF ProAI

  ZF is heavily focused on the development of autonomous technology, as evidenced by its multiple autonomous driving systems including ZF coASSIST and ZF coPILOT, as well as the ZF ProAI computer which is a key system for autonomous operation across all levels.

Category Operations
Investments and acquisitions Reorganization of Japanese operations
ZF will restructure its Japanese subsidiary and allocate human resources for Japanese OEMs by field, such as autonomous driving and electrification. ZF will also discuss establishing evaluation facilities for ADAS and brake systems in Japan. (From an article in the Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun on January 29, 2020)
Acquisition of 60% of 2getthere
ZF acquired a 60% share of 2getthere B.V. Located in Utrecht, Netherlands, 2getthere offers complete automated transport systems. ZF and 2getthere will jointly develop technologies for autonomous transport systems. (From a press release on March 19, 2019)
Collaborations and joint efforts Partnership with TuSimple for autonomous truck technology
TuSimple has established a comprehensive partnership with ZF to develop and commercialize technology for autonomous trucks. TuSimple and ZF will co-develop production-quality technologies including sensors, steering and ZF ProAI. Concurrently, ZF will support TuSimple's pre-production driverless autonomous system, and will be the default supplier for their production-ready system for commercialized vehicles. ZF will also provide engineering support. (From a press release on March 26, 2020)
MoU with Oxbotica for integration of autonomous software into ProAI platform
Oxbotica signed a memorandum of understanding with ZF to integrate its autonomous driving software with ZF's ProAI compute platform and sensor sets. Following comprehensive testing, the integrated system is running on Oxbotica's test vehicles on roads around Oxford. Both companies will work together on validation and verification of integrated self-driving vehicle systems. (From a press release on December 12, 2019)
Strategic collaboration with Cognata
ZF announced a strategic collaboration with Cognata for enhanced efficiency of ADAS validation operations. ZF's collaboration with Cognata focuses on ADAS raw data management and transformation. (From a press release on November 5, 2019)
Collaboration with Airbus to use satellite information for autonomous driving
Airbus Defence and Space and ZF are collaborating to support ZF on-board autonomous systems with Airbus satellite derived information. Airbus provides Ground Control Points (GCPs) calculated using radar satellite imagery to support ZF sensor data fusion. Airbus will also explore HD maps based on aerial and spaceborne approaches. Both GCPs and HD maps will be integrated as foundational layers in the ZF AD Environment, a future solution where autonomous driving information is stored in a cloud-based system. (From a press release on April 15, 2019)
New technologies ZF coASSIST Level 2+ automated driving system
ZF has developed a modular Level 2+ automated driving system, ZF coASSIST, which costs under USD 1,000. ZF coASSIST utilizes Mobileye's EyeQ chip and combines sensors with a central ECU, enabling functions such as adaptive cruise control and lane change assist. In 2020, ZF will equip production vehicles from a major Asian automaker with ZF coASSIST. (From a press release on January 6, 2020)
Autonomous test drive using ZF's level 2 autonomous driving system
A Dongfeng Fengshen Yixuan equipped with ZF's level 2 highway autonomous driving system succeeded in autonomously driving 500 kilometers on the G7 Jingxin Expressway. The system uses a millimeter-wave radar and HD camera. The Yixuan can follow a vehicle ahead at a safe distance for an indefinite period of time. The system is capable of changing lanes and speeds, and can shift from adaptive cruise control to level 2 autonomous driving. ZF plans to begin mass production of the level 2 autonomous driving systems in the fourth quarter of 2020. (From a press release on September 2, 2019)
ZF coPILOT intelligent ADAS system
ZF debuted ZF coPILOT, an intelligent ADAS system which improves safety and comfort. ZF coPILOT can be operated with voice commands and is designed to recognize traffic conditions, sense vehicle handling and monitor the driver to preempt hazardous situations through active control intervention. ZF coPILOT is powered by the ZF ProAI central computer and the NVIDIA DRIVE platform and will be available in 2021. (From a press release on April 12, 2019)
Newest version of ZF ProAI automotive supercomputer
ZF unveiled the latest model of its automotive ZF ProAI supercomputer prior to CES 2019. This latest supercomputer has its own graphics processor, offers a total computing performance of more than 150 teraOPS and can be modularly combined with up to four units. The ZF ProAI family offers an open platform for the customized integration of software algorithms. (From a press release on January 6, 2019)
HD Map ZF ProAI RoboThink
HD Map with feature line data based on optical imagery from Airbus
Source: Airbus
ZF ProAI RoboThink


ZF signs partnership for solid-state lidar, highlights new camera systems

  ZF is developing a variety of sensors for autonomous and assisted driving systems, including a solid-state lidar through a joint effort with ams and Ibeo Automotive Systems, a dual-lens camera and improvements to its S-Cam camera family.

Category Operations
Collaborations and joint efforts Partnership agreement with ams and Ibeo Automotive Systems to develop solid-state lidar
ZF has signed an agreement to work with ams, a leading supplier of high-performance sensor solutions, and Ibeo Automotive Systems, a specialist in automotive lidars, to advance solid-state lidar technology. The three companies will partner on R&D efforts to ensure that solid-state lidars can be safely adopted by 2021. ams will provide automotive-grade Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser arrays and drivers which provide superior reliability and stability. (From a press release on May 20, 2019)
New technologies Dual-cam twin lens camera for commercial vehicles
ZF has developed a dual-cam two lens camera specifically for commercial trucks that can be used with other ZF ADAS technologies. The camera enables functions such as traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist and object and pedestrian detection. The second lens provides redundancy if one lens is blinded or non-functional. (From a press release on June 13, 2019)
Contracts S-Cam 4.8 with Mobileye technology on Nissan Rogue
ZF launched its S-Cam 4.8 with enhanced vision technology from Mobileye on the Nissan Rogue. It offers a 100-degree horizontal field of view and provides the opportunity to refine systems like Automatic Emergency Braking while offering lane keeping system performance. The S-Cam 4.8 also offers the potential of integrating more semi-automated driving functions like Highway Driving and Traffic Jam Assist. It features Mobileye's EyeQ4 processor for advanced object recognition. (From a press release on July 27, 2020)
Exhibitions Technologies shown at 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show
ZF will present a range of technologies at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show. The OnTraX system adds capabilities through the addition of short-range radar, including lane change and city drive assist. Side-mounted short-range radars help the driver detect objects in the vehicle's blind spot. (From a press release on October 27, 2019)
Solid-state lidar ZF S-Cam 4.8
Solid-state lidar developed with Ibeo Automotive Systems and ams ZF S-Cam 4.8
Source: ZF


ZF furthers Microsoft partnership for digital cloud platform

  ZF's recent connectivity activities were primarily in support of autonomous technology development. ZF's cubiX software system helps manage sensor data for the vehicle, while its continuing partnership with Microsoft will assist in the establishment of a cloud platform that can supplement autonomous functionalities.

Category Operations
Collaborations and joint efforts Fully integrated wheel sensor system developed with Maxion Wheels
ZF and Maxion Wheels announced the joint development of the world's first fully integrated wheel sensor system. The multi-service Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution tracks, analyzes and broadcasts data such as tire pressure, temperature, wheel load and other metrics to drivers, fleet operators, mobility providers and infrastructure authorities. The partnership will present a prototype at IAA 2019 and aims to complete feasibility studies in the first half of 2020. The system combines Maxion Wheels' MaxSmart wheel sensor technology with ZF OPENMATICS' integrated TAG sensor platform. (From a press release on September 10, 2019)
Expansion of Microsoft partnership to develop digital cloud platform
ZF has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to establish a comprehensive digital cloud platform. The strategic cooperation enables ZF to offer digital services in automated driving, vehicle motion control, integrated safety and electromobility. Potential services include fleet management solutions, predictive maintenance applications and process automation. (From a press release on January 8, 2019)
Exhibitions cubiX shown at CES 2020
At CES 2020, ZF will showcase cubiX, a software component that gathers sensor information and prepares it to optimize control of active vehicle systems in the chassis, steering, brakes and propulsion. Following a vendor-agnostic approach, cubiX can support both ZF and third-party components. ZF will offer cubiX from 2023 as part of an overall system or as an individual component. (From a press release on December 19, 2019)


ZF's HMI activities center on driver and occupant monitoring

  While HMI systems are not typically not part of its product portfolio, ZF has worked with other companies, including Faurecia, fka and Simi Realty Motion Systems in the development of HMI systems, primarily in the realm of driver and occupant monitoring, which are key to ensuring a safe transfer of control between the driver and vehicle.

Category Operations
Investments and acquisitions Acquisition of 90% stake in Simi Realty Motion Systems
ZF plans to acquire 90% of the shares in Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH. Simi Reality Motion Systems specializes in image-based 3D systems for the recording and analysis of human movement. This expertise is valuable for the development of occupant recognition systems that are necessary for autonomous driving. (From a press release on May 13, 2019)
Collaborations and joint efforts HapticTouch technology used in touch-based gear shifter
Aito BV's HapticTouch technology is in the world's first touch-based gear shifter with haptic feedback as part of the Safe Human Interaction Cockpit concept developed by ZF and Faurecia. The advantages of HapticTouch technology are an intuitive shifting of gears without needing a gearstick, significant space savings in the cockpit, and more design freedom. (From a press release on September 13, 2019)
Safe Human Interaction Cockpit concept developed with Faurecia and fka
ZF has developed a Safe Human Interaction Cockpit (SHI cockpit) concept with Faurecia and fka, highlighting interactions between the driver and vehicle. The SHI Cockpit advises when automated driving is permitted, letting the vehicle take control when the driver releases the steering wheel, and gives the driver advance warning to retake control when needed. A 3D interior camera measures the driver's height and adjusts the seat and steering wheel accordingly. A Head-Up Display Instrument Cluster gives a bird's-eye view of the vehicle. The Active Vehicle Aura shows the effective networking and sensitivity of all assistance systems. (From a press release on September 12, 2019)
New technologies In-vehicle motion sickness detection
ZF is working with neurotechnologists from Saarland, Germany to investigate how to quickly detect motion sickness. This may aid in developing smart driving features to detect early symptoms. An algorithm based on AI methods can collect physical data from each passenger to create personalized profiles. Automated vehicles can then adapt to the preferred driving style of its passengers. (From a press release on July 12, 2019)
HapticTouch technology used in gear shifter Safe Human Interaction Cockpit concept
HapticTouch technology used in gear shifter for Safe Human Interaction cockpit concept
Source: ZF
Safe Human Interaction Cockpit concept


Aptiv forms Motional joint venture with Hyundai for autonomous technology

  Of Aptiv's two business segments, its Advanced Safety & User Experience segment focuses primarily on the trends of autonomy, connectivity and HMI. Aptiv's portfolio in autonomous technology includes hardware and software systems which enable autonomous operations, as well as sensors including cameras, radar and lidar. Aptiv is focusing capital investment to support growth in multiple fields such as autonomy, active safety and infotainment. This includes the formation of the Motional joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group to develop autonomous driving systems. The two companies invested approximately USD 4 billion to create Motional in March 2020.

  Aptiv's connectivity solutions are centered on the areas of providing body control, vehicle security and data management. Its Advanced Safety & User Experience segment provides interior solutions related to the infotainment system, driver interface, and interior sensing to enhance the user experience.

Category Operations
Investments and acquisitions Establishment of China Autonomous Mobility Center
Aptiv established its China Autonomous Mobility Center in Shanghai. The center will focus on the development and application of level 4 autonomous driving technology. Aptiv is in discussions with potential partners for mapping and the commercial deployment of its vehicles in China. (From a press release on April 17, 2019)
Collaborations and joint efforts Motional joint venture with Hyundai
Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv introduced their renamed autonomous technology joint venture, Motional. The two companies established the joint venture in March 2020 for the development and commercialization of autonomous technologies and vehicles. Motional is focusing on SAE level 4 autonomous vehicles. Motional will begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020, and begin providing technology for robotaxi and fleet operators in 2022. (From a press release on August 11, 2020)
Partnership with Valens for Smart Vehicle Architecture platform development
Valens formed a partnership with Aptiv to develop their Smart Vehicle Architecture (SVA) platform. Valens' technology enables ultra-high-speed data transmission over a simple infrastructure across long distances. Valens allows for the convergence of a range of interfaces, including PCIe, Ethernet, audio and controls over the same link. Valens' chipsets are embedded into the SVA's PowerData Center modules. (From a press release on January 8, 2020)
Completion of 100,000 autonomous passenger rides in Las Vegas with Lyft
Aptiv and Lyft have successfully completed 100,000 autonomous passenger rides in Las Vegas. In 2018, Aptiv formed a partnership with Lyft, becoming the first autonomous vehicle provider to offer commercial robotaxi rides to the general public. Over the course of the 100,000 rides, passengers provided the companies with feedback to improve their technology and operational performance. (From a press release on February 11, 2020)
Release of nuScenes, an open-source autonomous vehicle dataset
Aptiv released nuScenes, an open-source autonomous vehicle dataset. By releasing critical safety data in nuScenes, Aptiv aims to support research into computer vision and autonomous driving. nuScenes is the first large-scale public dataset to provide information from a comprehensive AV sensor suite. It is organized into 1,000 scenes and features some of the most complex driving scenarios. (From a press release on March 28, 2019)
Commercial partnership with Affectiva
Aptiv formed a commercial partnership agreement with Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off specializing in human perception AI. The partnership will deliver scalable software to enhance perception capabilities. Aptiv also made a minority investment in Affectiva. Affectiva's patented software is the first multi-modal interior sensing solution to identify the cognitive state of vehicle occupants in real time. (From a press release on January 3, 2019)
New technologies Connect Edge system to provide intelligent vehicle diagnostics and access capabilities
Aptiv's Connect Edge device uses a cell connection to a cloud platform to give OEM apps information about vehicle health, identify potential issues and enable functions such as remote start. Aptiv's Connect Edge consists of a connected, high-speed data acquisition device and the Aptiv Connect Edge software, which can intelligently pre-process signals locally. Installation of the Connect Edge device can be done at a plant or dealership. (From a press release on August 20, 2020)
Combining low-level sensor fusion and Aptiv Satellite Architecture
Aptiv uses low-level sensor fusion to combine inputs from multiple sensors to form a single model of the environment around a vehicle. With Aptiv's Satellite Architecture approach, processing power is centralized into a more powerful active safety domain controller, allowing data to be collected from each sensor and then fused in the domain controller. Thus, smaller sensors can be used. Other benefits include increased data sharing and reduced latency. (From a press release on March 3, 2020)
Use of RTI Connext DDS to transfer data in autonomous vehicles
Real-Time Innovations announced that Aptiv will use RTI Connext DDS, a connectivity middleware for autonomous vehicles, as a secure tool for transferring data in self-driving vehicles. Connext DDS is a standards-based framework to support autonomous vehicle development from research to production. (From a press release on December 19, 2019)
Automated Driving Satellite Compute Platform
Aptiv is democratizing active safety through the efficient and scalable Automated Driving Satellite Compute Platform. The platform takes processing and electronics out of individual sensors, and instead routes information to the central platform, allowing the sensors to be smaller, more cost efficient, lighter and easier to package. In addition, the platform is scalable for increasing levels of automation and complexity demands. (From a press release on April 9, 2019)
Contracts Development of infotainment platform with native Google Automotive Services
Aptiv is powering the world's first vehicle infotainment solution with native Google Automotive Services (GAS). The Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 will be the first vehicles to natively run GAS, which supports built-in access to services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play. Aptiv led the development and integration of the platform, which supports unique automotive requirements such as vehicle interface, comfort, and control. (From a press release on December 9, 2019)
Exhibitions Technologies shown at CES 2020
Aptiv's interior sensing platform, with the latest generation of cameras and radars, can recognize and respond to occupants' body positioning, gestures, and eye movement. Aptiv Driver State Sensing can detect if the driver is distracted or asleep and sound a warning or take other actions. Similarly, the Aptiv Interior/Exterior Sensor Fusion detects if a driver is unaware of a hazard and proactively warns them. Aptiv Child Presence Detection uses multiple sensing modalities that help determine and take action if a child is left in the car. (From a press release on January 21, 2020)
Smart Vehicle Architecture shown at CES 2020
At CES 2020, Aptiv unveiled Smart Vehicle Architecture (SVA), a modern, sustainable vehicle architecture. SVA centralizes computing power into more manageable zone controllers, while separating it from I/O to enable features to be easily added. It enables independent parallel development cycles, reducing time to market and allowing for significant software reuse. The Aptiv Open Server Platform supports OTA software and firmware updates, enables performance enhancements, and optimizes data analytics. (From a press release on January 7, 2020)
Sample nuScene image Aptiv Smart Vehicle Architecture
Sample nuScene image with bounding boxes and instance segmentation
Source: Aptiv
Aptiv Smart Vehicle Architecture
Source: Aptiv


Magna shifts development to assisted driving systems

  Magna's work on innovation development focuses on driver assistance and smart mobility. Magna's efforts in smart mobility are aimed towards developing systems versatile enough for a range of use cases while still enhancing the user experience.

  At the beginning of 2020, Magna announced a shift in development from self-driving technology, or level 4 and 5 autonomous systems, to assisted driving systems, or level 1-3 autonomous systems. As such, Magna expects to decrease overall spending on development of autonomous and assisted driving technologies in 2020 compared to previous years. More than 100 currently available vehicle models feature ADAS systems from Magna.

Category Operations
Collaborations and joint efforts Shifting focus of Lyft partnership to assisted driving systems
In January 2020, Magna announced that it will conclude its partnership with Lyft in co-developing self-driving technology. Magna will shift towards developing assisted driving systems. Magna and Lyft will continue to collaborate in areas such as hardware development and opportunities in software and hardware manufacturing. (From a press release on January 16, 2020)
Successful level 5 autonomous vehicle test with Lyft
Magna successfully conducted a joint ride sharing test on public roads using fully autonomous vehicles with Lyft. Magna and Lyft have been jointly developing software stacks and hardware kits for autonomous driving systems. The ride sharing test was conducted using level 5 autonomous vehicles on a route from Palo Alto to Caltrain Station in Northern California. Magna and Lyft aim to use the jointly developed autonomous vehicles for Lyft's vehicle allocation network. (From an article in the Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun on January 17, 2019)
Automated driving visual demonstrator display
Automated driving visual demonstrator display


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Keywords
ZF, Aptiv, Magna, Autonomous, Connected, Mobility, AI, Cybersecurity, HMI, Infotainment, MaaS, ADAS, Lidar, Radar, Camera, Cloud, Driver Monitoring System, Commercial Vehicle, Lyft, Microsoft, Motional, WABCO, Robotaxi

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