TIER IV Introduces Commercial Autonomous Driving Software Platforms Across Multiple Operational Design Domains – PR Newswire | CarTailz

TOKYO, November 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TIER IV, an open-source autonomous driving startup, announced that it has launched commercial autonomous driving software platforms Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto, which include a suite of support from the Development to operation of customers offer. autonomous driving systems. These platforms can be used in multiple operational design (ODD) areas, including confined spaces with restricted traffic and mixed traffic of pedestrians and vehicles in urban areas.

Pilot.Auto is a software platform for autonomous driving based on “Autoware*1“, an open-source software (OSS) for autonomous driving whose development is led by TIER IV. Pilot.Auto enables partners to achieve their own autonomous driving goals according to TIER IV’s proprietary reference design specifications.

Web.Auto, on the other hand, is a development and operation (DevOps*2) Software platform to extend and improve Pilot.Auto to meet individual requirements of partner systems.

These platforms enable partners to significantly reduce the development costs of their desired autonomous driving system and reduce time to market.

Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto features

Pilot.Car provides the following capabilities for customers to implement autonomous driving systems in their respective communities.

  • Software Customization: Provides customization, including adding and extending features, to meet feature and performance requirements for individual use cases and ODD. Pilot.Auto conducts evaluations of new functions so that customers can react to specific requirements within a short period of time.
  • Integration of software with the target vehicle systems (vehicle construction): Integrates Autoware-based autonomous driving systems into a wide range of autonomous vehicles by leveraging TIER IV proprietary tools.
  • Software Adaptation to Target Driving Environments: Provides tuning and verification to ensure safe and comfortable driving in accordance with specific use cases and ODD.
  • Maintenance for the customized, integrated and customized software: Provides a periodic check of entire systems, including vehicles and software, as well as over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

Reference designs are currently provided by TIER IV

Pilot.Auto currently offers five variants of the reference designs. Each reference design defines the features and performance requirements essential to specific use cases and ODD, and Pilot.Auto is equipped with the basic software and hardware designs to meet those requirements. The reference designs provided by TIER IV play the role of a “starting point” for our partners for the development of autonomous driving systems and can significantly reduce the cost and lead time for the development and operation of autonomous vehicles.

  • Cargo transportation: Use case for low-speed autonomous transportation in closed and narrow spaces, such as: B. Factories.
  • Shuttle Bus: Use case for people transportation (bus) in narrow and mixed spaces such as parks and streets.
  • Robo-Taxi: Use case for personal transportation (taxi) in urban and other areas as part of traffic improvement plans.
  • Personal Car: Use case for advanced driver assistance systems in areas dedicated to autonomous driving, e.g. B. on highways.
  • Delivery Robot: Use case for last mile delivery in a mixed space like a residential street.

Web.Auto is a cloud-native, edge-intensive DevOps software platform essential for the development and safe operation of autonomous driving systems. Web.Auto is configured with development platform tools (e.g. autonomous driving simulators, CI/CD*3 Data pipeline) required to develop autonomous driving systems efficiently and effectively, as well as operational platform tools (e.g. fleet management system (FMS) and remote monitoring system that can be integrated with third-party provided applications). required for the safe operation and maintenance of vehicles equipped with autonomous driving systems.

See the TIER IV website for examples of platform development and application of each reference design.

Technological road map

TIER IV has formulated a roadmap for the development of Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto for the application of the five reference designs.

  • Late 2023: Regarding cargo transportation, TIER IV plans to increase functionality to autonomy level 4 in closed and confined spaces such as factories, airports and theme parks.
  • Late 2025: Regarding the shuttle bus, TIER IV plans to deploy its Tier 4 autonomous vehicle reference designs in local cities and more than 40 locations throughout Japan. For cargo transportation, TIER IV plans to start applying its reference designs abroad, in addition to providing Level 3 functionality for the Personal Car.
  • Late 2028: With regard to Shuttle Bus, Robo-Taxi and Personal Car, TIER IV plans to implement functions of its reference designs for Level 4 autonomous vehicles also in metropolitan areas. As for the shuttle bus, TIER IV plans to push the application of its Tier 4 autonomous vehicle reference designs abroad.
  • Around 2030: TIER IV should be compatible with the most important driving environments Japan and overseas for any reference design.

TIER IV aims to improve customers’ autonomous driving development capabilities by offering Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto, which are end-to-end solutions for entire processes ranging from development, vehicle building, customization , the evaluation and operation rich.

TIER IV intends to continue providing autonomous driving software platforms in the market and form an ecosystem where any organization or individual can work on the development of autonomous driving technologies and service operations, thus contributing to the realization of a safer society through autonomous driving.

*1 Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation.

*2 DevOps is short for “development” and “operations”. DevOps is used to build a system that enables close collaboration between a software development group and an installation/operations group so that software installations and updates can be performed quickly.

*3 CI/CD is the abbreviation for “Continuous Integration” and “Continuous Delivery”. CI/CD refers to methods used to automate software building and testing, deployment, and deployment processes in software development and to perform these tasks on an ongoing basis.


TIER IV corporate website

Pilot.Auto website

Web.Auto website

SOURCE Tier IV, Inc.

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