Autonomous Vehicle

Klas unveils RAVEN: lightening the load on the journey to autonomous vehicles

Klas announced the launch of RAVEN: an end-to-end, modular solution for autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) research and development. RAVEN gives developers every piece of hardware required to ingest and store massive amounts of in-vehicle data, along with the connectivity and compute capabilities they need to turn terabytes of data into high-performing AV algorithms, all underpinned by a software-agnostic virtual environment.

RAVEN includes the following core modules:

  • High Performance Compute: GPU support for compute intensive AV applications with virtualization support to run any AV software seamlessly and securely
  • Storage: Ingest and store up to 240TB of in-vehicle data in a swappable cassette with integrated compute for processing data in real time
  • Connectivity: Easily connects to CAN, Ethernet, and 3G/4G/5G with support for software-defined networking to enable secure over-the-air access from any location
  • Management: Secure remote data management, provisioning, and over-the-air updates with the ability to automate management through Ansible

“Accelerating the development of AVs requires the building and maintenance of fleets of test cars. This requires numerous pieces of hardware that all have to fit together into one system with seamless data collection. RAVEN simplifies that entire process,” said Frank Murray, CTO of Klas. “With RAVEN, OEMs and Tier 1s get a flexible, modular solution with the key functions of data logging, high performance computes, and connectivity all in a standard 19″ rack format.”

Klas has decades of experience working in highly regulated industries, like transport and defense. Its hardware, over the years, has had to operate in extreme, and austere environments. All this learning has gone into each RAVEN module ensuring its ease of optimal performance. Klas’ open, modular approach means that Tier 1s and OEMs can select best-of-breed hardware and software for Autonomous Vehicle development, all in a rugged vehicle-centric form factor.

“Self-driving cars must be trusted to perform in all road conditions and keep up with constantly evolving regulations, which is why it’s critical to have a scalable solution that maximizes the number of test vehicles on the road at any given time. Instilling confidence in both regulators and consumers hinges on having evidence-based testing data collected at scale,” said John Gallagher, CEO of Klas. “Historically, this has been difficult to do because of reliability and performance concerns along with size and power constraints, and we’ve solved both of those issues with RAVEN. It’s rugged, compact, and truly built for the open road.”

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