“90% of the innovations in a car are in the software. 100% of cars will connect to the Cloud. The car is no longer the stronghold of Ford, Daimler, Toyota or Nissan but rather an opportunity for all technology companies and solution providers, from Tesla to Google, from Uber to Lyft, from Apple to Baidu, and also FPT”, said Nguyen Duc Kinh, director of FPT Software Global Automotive (FGA).
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
One of the most fascinating abilities of intelligent beings is the seamless perception and interaction with the environment. Guidance and control of automobiles make up a comprehensive example for these abilities. A human driver needs to perceive and understand the automobile’s environment. Based on the understanding of their surroundings, the driver can plan, initiate, supervise and control the automobile’s behavior. Driver assistance systems aim to replicate those capabilities on artificial systems.
ADAS are systems developed to help the driver for safer and better driving. ADAS offer many important research problems to work on such as the development of different types of sensors, the processing of sensor information, the detection and tracking of pedestrians and vehicles, behavior and intent analysis of drivers as well as human factor interfaces.
Currently demand for the development of ADAS is greater than ever due to the need for safer vehicles and roads. Since ADAS and automatic vehicles require more complex sensory input, the automotive industry is facing a big challenge in bringing autonomous vehicles to life. ADAS requires much more complex integration than other sensor-based technologies; a well-developed
ADAS needs a wide application of data integration techniques.
ADAS – The technology to make a difference FPT has invested in the research and development of ADAS technology for years. FPT’s research focused on problems around the relationship between vehicle real-time detection, object tracking, lane detection and car-to-car distance estimation.
The project to estimate the distance between vehicles for safe warning achieved over 93% accuracy. Several accident alert solutions by monitoring the driver’s status also received many improvements. There is also a pedestrian detection solution to help alert drivers to sudden movement on the road. The number plate recognition (NPR) algorithm was developed as an important feature for an ADAS system. By using multiple object detectors such as Haar-like, Local Binary Pattern, Deformable Part Model for both detection and classification, the system can detect cars and motorbikes in heavy traffic conditions with an accuracy of 95% during the day and 85% at nighttime.
The NPR system can handle Vietnamese and Japanese license plates and remains stable under different camera positions and weather conditions. These successes form the basis for FPT to move deeper into the automotive sector when this industry is experiencing a significant transformation by the impact of technology trends like Cloud, Internet, telecommunication infrastructure, IoT etc. FPT Software and big opportunities in the automotive industry.
Nowadays, with the development of electric vehicles and self-driving cars, the role of software in the automotive industry is becoming more and more important. Typical software applications in the car include: navigation, infotainment software (media/audio/video), display software (electronic speedometer, light symbols, air conditioning), and control software for the ECU (Electronic Control Unit – the embedded system controlling one or more electrical systems of the vehicle). In modern automobile design, software is considered the brain which ensures the operation of the car.
Almost all FPT customers in the automotive industry are Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies such as Panasonic, LG Electronics, Denso, Continental, NXP or Renesas. Sixty percent of these customers are from Japan, 25% are from the US, and the rest are from Germany, Korea and other countries. In 2017 FPT will focus on building R&D capabilities related to image processing and recognition, to be applied in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to better satisfy the customer’s needs.
The Director of FGA pointed out that affordability, enthusiasm and youthfulness are advantages of FPT Software personnel compared to international competitors. FPT is in possession of ADAS technology as well as many important components to create an Internet of Vehicles (IoV) platform, including hardware (Head-Unit equipment) attached on vehicles and Cloud, and could look to create big breakthroughs in the automotive market.
Nguyen Duc Kinh, Tran Nguyen Ngoc – FPT Software
(Published on the FPT Technology Magazine, FPT TechInsight No.1)