Innovative technologies in the automotive industry have always been the highlight of the annual CES event. Especially in recent years, with the support of AI, IoT and pure electric technology, the connection between automobiles and semiconductors is getting closer and closer, thus driving the chip, wireless interconnection, sensors and various industrial chains such as electric drives and electric systems. A variety of innovations have emerged.
With the support of AI and 5G technology, various technologies and applications such as car networking, smart driving and intelligent interaction will also begin to develop. From chips, solutions to systems to automotive terminals, this year's CES will showcase a variety of innovative solutions for the automotive industry, welcoming a warm "warm flow" for the global car market that is in the "cold winter."1 Qualcomm: AI C-V2X
The day before the official launch of CES 2019, Qualcomm held a pre-show press conference in Las Vegas. This year's Qualcomm CES pre-show conference theme is car travel, nearly 70% of the time dedicated to the car. At the scene, Nakul Duggal, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, launched the third generation of Snapdragon smart cockpit chip platform, including entry-level, intermediate and advanced products. The platform is powered by Qualcomm's next-generation AI engine, including Hexagon DSP, fourth-generation Kryo CPU, Spectra ISP, and sixth-generation Adreno GPU. It is worth mentioning that in the DSP, Qualcomm also uses the HTA tensor accelerator and HVX vector extension kernel, which can greatly improve the AI computing power - this is the heavy AI solution that Qualcomm launched when the Snapdragon 855 was released. In addition, Qualcomm also briefly introduced its latest developments in the automotive C-V2X. Ford's global car networking executive director Don Butler also announced that by the beginning of 2022, Ford will deploy C-V2X technology on all new cars released in the United States.
Control the car with Alexa
At the 2016 CES, Qualcomm has launched the chip platform Snapdragon 820A, which is built for the car smart cockpit. It belongs to Qualcomm's second-generation Snapdragon smart cockpit chip, which is similar to the Snapdragon 820 mobile phone chip specification released in the same period. At the 2019 CES this year, Qualcomm launched this third-generation Snapdragon smart cockpit chip platform, which is similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 mobile phone chip specification released last month. In the DSP of this chip, Qualcomm also uses the HTA tensor accelerator and the HVX vector extension core. These dedicated AI calculation modules can greatly increase the chip AI computing power. In addition, the third-generation Snapdragon smart cockpit chip platform is equipped with an SPU security processing module that protects data security, supports multi-mode cellular connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 and enhanced Bluetooth technology.
Samples of the third generation Snapdragon smart cockpit chip are available. At the press conference, Qualcomm also specially towed a demonstration car equipped with the new product. In the demonstration, we can see that this new platform supports car virtual driving assistance such as Alexa and other AI assistants, users can use sound to control the navigation, entertainment and other systems of the vehicle. At the same time, it can support multiple high-resolution displays in the cockpit to run simultaneously, support augmented reality-based navigation system, and provide users with customized audio areas, with engine noise suppression and echo cancellation. Qualcomm said that among the 25 auto manufacturing brands in the world, Qualcomm has cooperated with 18 of them in smart cockpit. In addition, Qualcomm will continue to work with a number of car manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to provide next-generation technology for vehicles.
Ford will fully deploy Qualcomm C-V2X in 2022
In addition to the smart cockpit, another highlight of this conference is the C-V2X. Qualcomm's C-V2X (Cellular-V2X) is a communication technology that enables smart cars to connect to different items such as cars, people, roads, and nets. It is one of the technologies related to autonomous driving. The key scenarios of several C-V2X applications include: warning pedestrians and vehicles in advance in case of obstruction such as corners, avoiding traffic accidents; early warning of early vehicles in the event of a fault or lane change, preventing rear-end collisions, and so on.
In 2019, with the advent of the 5G era, a faster, wider, and more capable network world will come to us. The C-V2X based on communication technology will have more imagination and truly connect everything. At present, Qualcomm's C-V2X technology has already reached cooperation with partners around the world such as North America, Europe, China, Japan and Australia. Don Butler, executive director of Ford's global car networking network, also announced that by the beginning of 2022, Ford will deploy C-V2X technology on all new cars released in the United States.2 Nvidia: Drive AutoPilot ignites the global "L2+" mass production plan
At the CES show on January 8th, NVIDIA announced the launch of NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot, the world's first commercial L2+ autopilot system, which integrates multiple AI technologies to help supervised autonomous vehicles start production next year. It is understood that the DRIVE AutoPilot system integrates the Nvidia Xavier system-on-chip processor and NVIDIA DRIVE software to integrate data from the inside and outside surround camera sensors for autopilot. Its main functions include identifying other vehicle locations, reading lane markings, detecting pedestrians and cyclists, distinguishing between different types of lights and their colors, identifying traffic signs and understanding complex scenes, etc., so that vehicles have high-precision map paths. Planning ability.
Continental, the German carmaker, said it will develop systems above the L2 level on NVIDIA's platform, and is expected to start production in 2020, and other partners have announced their plans. Nvidia Automotive Project Senior Director Danny Shapiro said at a press conference that the L2-up autopilot system requires a fairly powerful, complex, high-performance computer stack, all based on artificial intelligence and deep neural networks. We support complete panoramic cameras, and car manufacturers can equip 4, 6, or more on demand. Drive Autopilot is a powerful AI supercomputer platform, and Nvidia AGX Xavier is the foundation. The platform supports full autopilot functionality, meaning it can handle lane changes, highway driving, lane diversion, and mapping functions. In addition, it is possible to monitor the driver's behavior in the cabin and issue a warning before fatigue driving (drowsy). Partners can continue to build on top of this system, giving it a complete OTA software update experience.
Undoubtedly, for the smart driving industry, L2 is an important part of the car's future, and major automakers have set a goal of 2020. Nvidia said that partners will begin to build smart cars based on the Drive AutoPilot platform in 2020, easily dealing with tasks such as autonomous parking, cabin monitoring, and local AI voice processing. In addition, the car will be able to learn unfamiliar routes on its own and study how to move from point A to point B, regardless of whether it exists in the public road database. Drive AutoPilot brings a difference in processing performance, Drive AGX Xavier can perform 30 trillion operations per second, and other "advanced assisted driving systems" (ADAS) on the supermarket side.3 MediaTek: dedicated Autus brand to help the car four innovations
As one of the major players in the global chip field, MediaTek is naturally absent. This time, MediaTek showed its Autus brand, which was designed specifically for the automotive industry. Its development mainly involved four areas, including telematics, infotainment, driver assistance and mmWave radar.
Telematics products include the Autus modem, a proprietary "system-on-chip" (SoC) for the automotive industry. The solution is capable of operating stably and transmitting real-time data under harsh conditions, especially at high temperatures. Carrier aggregation technology allows you to maximize the bandwidth of your communication channel, and embedded software processors allow automakers to expand the list of services offered. An integrated hardware security module (HSM) and encryption unit protects the network and ensures data security.
The Autus infotainment solution combines MediaTek's key technologies with smartphones, tablets and digital TVs that allow operation of several different operating systems to support different types of displays; Autus V-ADAS driver assistance systems use machine learning Technology to improve the accuracy and speed of object recognition, which allows users to improve tracking, detect vehicles and pedestrians, analyze their trajectories, and optimize the performance of vehicle cameras. The system uses a flexible video processor to process large amounts of motion images without consuming too much energy; as for the mmWave radar, it will be one of the key components of the autopilot complex based on advanced radio technology and advanced CMOS manufacturing processes. Optimize chip size and features to reduce energy consumption and production costs. The radar detects objects that are very short distances. It can be used in a variety of conditions, including automatic braking, parking spaces and automatic parking.4 Baidu: "The smartest version" Apollo 3.5 released
At the CES show last year, Baidu launched the 2.0 version of Apollo. After a year of technical iteration, the latest intelligent driving Apollo 3.5 open platform was officially unveiled. Compared to the Apollo 2.0 version, version 3.5 not only enables simple urban road autopilot, but also includes four modules, including cloud services, software platforms, reference hardware platforms, and reference vehicle platforms, as well as downtown and residential scenarios. The complex urban roads inside are unmanned and will provide open development tools and tools for open environment awareness, path planning, vehicle control, and vehicle operating systems to attract more auto manufacturers to join the platform. As of now, Baidu Apollo has more than 300,000 lines of open source code, more than 130 partners, and more than 12,000 developers.
In addition, Baidu also released the world's first comprehensive smart driving commercialization solution - Apollo Enterprise. It is understood that Apollo Enterprise is a set of accelerating intelligent, networked and shared, mass-produced, customized and safe auto-driving and car networking solutions for global auto companies, suppliers and travel service providers. In addition, Ford, Weimar, Great Wall and other partners attended the conference, Baidu also announced a long-term strategic partnership with Weimar Automobile to jointly promote the development and manufacture of smart car systems.5 Valeo: XtraVue uses the camera to make the trailer "invisible"
Valeo, one of the world's largest auto parts giants, has exhibited a different kind of new technology at this year's CES. In the daily driving process, if you are a novice, dragging the trailer to reverse the drive may have a frustration, and Valeo's new program aims to eliminate these dilemmas by making the trailer "invisible", January 8 XtraVue Trailer The system debuted at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Based on the early interpretation of the same system, the XtraVue Trailer uses some surprisingly simple techniques to make the trailer easier. By installing a camera at the rear of the tractor and a camera at the rear of the trailer, Valeo's technicians combined the images together to display an image that made the trailer almost “transparent”.
The Valeo 2018 version relies on video input from other connected vehicles and roadside infrastructure, which means that any production version of the system requires a very good environment. This latest version only requires hardware that is installed on the vehicle and its trailer. Valeo's demo image shows an "invisible" trailer displayed on a separate screen, but any production version may be integrated into an infotainment system.6 ZF ProAI: AI powerful and flexible controller
ZF is one of the world's leaders in the field of automotive components. At the recent CES 2019, the company also released the performance of the ProAI RoboThink controller, leading the industry. The modularity and expandability of the system will bring value to automakers. The four generations of ZF ProAI are configurable according to the application scenario, from basic ADAS functions to autonomous vehicles, commercial vehicles and industrial applications. In addition, users can customize the software architecture; this is a breakthrough for MaaS applications.
Customers are better able to set their preferred software architecture, especially for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) applications, which is a groundbreaking attempt. With the rapid development of car sharing services, ZF is also launching its software stack for the first time at the International Consumer Electronics Show. This software stack, combined with ZF's latest ProAI, and its sensor system, forms a complete automated driving system that is easy for new participants in mobile services.7 Honda: Car wireless charging officially "starts"
As a representative of the global traditional car brand, this CES Honda also brought a wireless charging technology called Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid. With this technology, the vehicle can be charged without wiring. According to Honda, wireless charging requires the vehicle to be parked on a gasket specially used for charging. This wireless connection can be used to charge electric power systems such as electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which will greatly improve the convenience of charging and discharging. Sex. It is reported that Honda's wireless charging technology is based on the V2G car network's two-way energy management system. Compared with the traditional wireless charging technology, it increases the function of returning power to the grid to achieve energy storage. With Honda's technology, electric vehicles can achieve two-way charging of vehicles and the grid.
Honda also plans to work with the US company WiTricity to research a parking lot charging system. The system plans to add a charging module to the floor of the vehicle chassis and parking lot. The non-contact charging technology allows the vehicle to be placed in the parking lot. Charging can be done at this time, which will make full use of the idle time of the vehicle to complete the charging, which greatly reduces the time that the owner is charged for charging.
However, there are still some problems with this convenient technology. According to Honda, if the vehicle is charging and discharging for a long time, the power storage capacity of the power battery will inevitably be attenuated. Therefore, a vehicle with a wireless charging function needs to be replaced once in about 10 years. But objectively speaking, even with traditional wired charging, the battery will also decay, so this problem can only hope for innovation in battery technology.8 BYTON: 48-inch shared full screen welcome to production version
BYTON's car cockpits have always been quite "thundering" in the new car industry, and this time is no exception. As the second generation of new car power representatives at the CES show, BYTON unveiled the first SUV concept car at last year's CES, and this year, Beteng will announce more of its first production car BYTON M-Byte. Details, including more in-car design and intelligent interactive systems.
BYTON said that the iconic 48-inch shared full screen will be fully retained on the production car, and this screen will also become the largest size car screen on the production car to date. In addition, an 8-inch central touch screen has been added between the main driver and the second driver of the production model. The front passenger can control the full screen through this screen; the rear passengers are equipped with an independent entertainment system, and can also share content. Go to the shared full screen. It is reported that BYTON is currently building an intelligent manufacturing base in accordance with the Industry 4.0 standard in Nanjing. The main body of the factory has basically completed the capping. The first model will be mass-produced by the end of 2019.Summary
Under the background of the continued weakness of global auto sales, the emergence of so many innovative technologies in the automotive electronics field at CES is undoubtedly a "strong shot" for the depressed auto industry. However, the growth of the global auto market is still relatively weak. According to the statistics of the China Automobile Association, China's auto sales in November 2018 decreased by 18.9% year-on-year, for five months. The data of the Association also showed that China's general passenger vehicle retail in November. Sales volume decreased by 18% year-on-year, falling for six months. At the same time, the major major automakers in the world announced their respective sales in the US market in 2018. The data showed that General Motors, the largest automaker in the US, fell 1.6% to 295,430,000 vehicles in the whole year, down 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Sales fell 3.5% to 2,497,318 units, down 8.8% in December; Toyota also fell 0.3% to 2,426,672 units in the year, down 0.9% in December. In the 2019 and even in the next few years, the commercialization of technologies such as 5G and AI may be able to add icing to the automotive industry. However, it is still time to test whether it can be used as a result.