Tata Elxsi has announced the licensing of its advanced autonomous vehicle middleware platform ‘AUTONOMAI’ to one of the world’s top 5 automotive OEMs for their driverless car R&D. Although the company has not named the OEM with which it has signed the agreement but it is known that the top 5 OEMs today are Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and Daimler. So it can be any of these 5 OEMs.
The AUTONOMAI platform is a middleware and acts as an interface between hardware like radars, lidars, cameras and AI and machine learning algorithm. It will provide carmakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers with a comprehensive and modular solution covering Perception, GNC and Drive-by-wire systems, to quickly build, test and deploy autonomous vehicles.
As autonomous cars are now being envisaged outside the test tracks to the public roads also, it needs to be noted that AUTONOMAI allows rapid region-specific adaptation through its pre-integrated validation datasets and AI and deep learning capabilities.
In course of fine tuning and simulating its middleware AUTONOMAI, the company has developed two self-driving cars. It was also in news a few months back that it might be testing them on the Bangalore roads. As per some news reports the Tata Elxsi is currently not focussing on competing with giants like Google, Uber, Intel etc rather wants to work with them for developing their own self-driving cars. Reports also say that the company is also in talks with Tier-1 suppliers to co-develop sensors that will work with its underlying software.