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Automated Driving (AD)

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Highly automated and fully autonomous driving is the future of mobility. All stakeholders – from OEMs and tier-1 suppliers, to robotaxi developers and users – expect the highest level of safety and reliability in autonomous vehicles, whether on test fleets or production vehicles. The Xilinx Automotive (XA) platform plays a critical role in powering highly advanced AD modules that have an increasingly greater demand for higher performance and capacity to enable high-speed data aggregation, pre-processing, and distribution (DAPD) and compute acceleration.

Pony automated vehicle driving down the road

Adoption of Automated and Autonomous Vehicles

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50 minutes

Could be saved each day for drivers and commuters through autonomous vehicle transportation
(McKinsey & Company)

2M

People with disabilities could obtain new employment opportunities due to automated vehicle transportation
(Ruderman Family Foundation)

$557B

Global autonomous vehicle market by 2026
(Allied Market Research)

L2-L3 Automated Vehicles

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The Society of Automotive Engineers have defined the levels of driving automation as such:

showing what the SAE J3016 levels of driving automation

To address the functionality needed at each of the levels of driving automation, OEMs and tier-1 suppliers need a scalable and reliable architecture to design their AD systems upon. A critical component of AD systems is a domain controller that integrates and processes the massive amount of sensor data required for ADAS and AD features. Examples of critical features for low-level ADAS and high-level AD include:

- Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
- Automated Park Assist (APA)
- Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
- Automated Lane Change (ALC)

ECU and ADAS puzzle

The capabilities of adaptive SoCs such as Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC and Versal® AI Edge span the entire continuum of the ADAS/AD domain controller markets to address the future integration of critical features. Adaptive XA SoC platforms optimally handle a growing number of complex safety-critical applications and addresses OEM and tier-1 suppliers' needs for computation latency, performance, power efficiency, and functional safety across sensors and domain controllers.

L4-L5 Autonomous Robotaxis and Robotrucks

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Fully autonomous vehicles including robotaxis and robotrucks require extremely reliable, high performance, power-efficient, adaptive computing. Adaptive XA SoCs provide the optimal balance of hardware accelerators tightly coupled with application software for integrated sensor data aggregation, compute acceleration, and scalar processing.

XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC board and processing diagram

Data Aggregation
- Programmable I/O to Scale
- Sensor Interfacing
- Native Support for Various Standards
- Data Collection from Disparate Sensors

Pre-Processing
- Data Conditioning
- Sensor Data Synchronization
- Sensor Fusion
- Warping
- Object Classification

Distribution
- Programmable I/O with High-Speed Data Transfer
- Support for a Variety of Inter-Device Connectivity

The data aggregation, pre-processing, and distribution (DAPD) role within a domain controller requires a heterogeneous set of processing engines to process the incoming sensor data – that role can be fulfilled by the adaptive XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC and Versal® AI Edge platforms. In DAPD, the adaptive XA SoC prepares the incoming sensor data to be processed and then distributed to other elements within the domain controller.

In a compute acceleration role of the domain controller, a key focus for OEMs and robotaxi developers is power-efficient, high-utilization ML inference. Whether it's traditional CV acceleration, CNN processing, or ML acceleration – each of these require an efficient use of TOPs for sensor data processing. The adaptive XA SoC platforms – especially Versal AI Edge – provide the highest AI performance/watt, delivering optimal compute performance. For more on our advantages in compute acceleration, read our White Paper >


Adaptive Devices for Advanced AD Applications

Xilinx Extends Edge Compute Leadership with World’s Highest AI Performance-per-Watt

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New Versal AI Edge ACAP series delivers AI-enabled intelligence for automotive, robotics, healthcare, and aerospace applications.

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Automated Driving Success Stories

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Pony.ai Sensor Fusion using multiple Xilinx devices

Pony.ai Sensor Fusion using multiple Xilinx devices
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ZF ProAI Gen 3 using Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

ZF ProAI Gen 3 using Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC
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