LeddarTech and Cognata, Ltd. have announced the integration of Cognata’s autonomous driving simulation software with LeddarTech’s sensor fusion and perception technology – ‘LeddarVision’. The companies state that their joint venture will accelerate the testing and validation of self-driving agriculture vehicles. Autonomous harvesting systems are seeing huge demand from farm owners around the world with Russia’s use of the technology already leading the way.
The joint offering of a highly realistic simulation and testing platform for autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) combines the market’s leading autonomous vehicle perception training and sensor fusion along with simulation software on a cloud-powered platform.
AV and ADAS automation requires a platform that supports end-to-end development – from training to testing, to certification and driving. The use of simulation is growing, as engineers are able to analyse systems in increasingly realistic conditions during every phase of development.
Highly realistic, large-scale simulation is a time-to-market accelerator for AV and ADAS developers, as they continue to leverage its capabilities in more phases of development to provide better product quality and safety and reduce testing time and costs.
The combined technology and expertise of the companies offer end users improved and robust testing and validation environment and perception solution, elevating the user experience with virtual scenes.
The Cognata platform leverages artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision to create a realistic automotive simulation environment where virtual cars travel virtual roads in virtual cities – all remarkably accurate to real-world conditions, including weather conditions and an AI-based traffic model. It will be relatively straight-forward for Cognata to simulate real-world farming conditions with all the challenges and obstacles that they typically present to the movement of farm vehicles.
“Cognata and LeddarTech are joining forces to create a robust solution that will efficiently and safely accelerate autonomous vehicles market entry,“ Cognata’s CEO Danny Atsmon says. “Highly accurate and scalable simulation technology is essential to validate ADAS systems and autonomous vehicles within nearly infinite combinations of real-world scenarios.“
Founded in 2007, LeddarTech has evolved to become a comprehensive end-to-end environmental sensing company by enabling customers to solve critical sensing and perception challenges across the entire value chain of the automotive and mobility market segments. The firm is a leader in level 1-5 environmental sensing solutions for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.
“LeddarTech and Cognata share the vision of using large-scale, cloud-based simulation to thoroughly and safely train and test self-driving vehicles under endless challenging situations,” says Ronny Cohen, Sr. Director, Israel Operations & Engineering at LeddarTech. “This is a joining of the market’s leading solutions to a unique best-of-breed offering that will accelerate the safe deployment of ADAS and AV technology.”