Automated & Connected

Elektrobit joins Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving project

Elektrobit Automotive GmbH (EB), a global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry based in Erlangen, Germany, will provide automotive infrastructure software for Baidu, Inc.’s Apollo Computing Unit (ACU). Beijing-based Baidu, China’s leading Chinese language Internet search provider, is developing the ACU under its Apollo Enterprise business as an advanced, mass production in-vehicle computing platform for autonomous driving.

EB is providing its EB tresos automotive basic software products to the Baidu ACU-Advanced Automated Valet Parking project. EB tresos enables the development of AUTOSAR standard-compliant software for automotive electronic control units (ECUs) with the highest levels of functional safety, up to ISO 26262 ASIL D. EB's industry-leading software will allow car manufacturers and suppliers using ACU to expedite the market introduction of safe systems for Automated Valet Parking.

 

 

The ACU is one of Baidu Apollo’s the most important products and the organization is collaborating with 156 industry partners including Chinese automakers to realize the project. As one of those partners, EB is playing an integral role in Baidu's ongoing efforts to accelerate the intelligent transformation of the automotive industry. EB's software is cutting-edge in terms of capabilities and adheres to the absolute highest quality and safety standards in the industry.

 

 

“Baidu Apollo has made tremendous strides in just two years since its launch, with support from leaders in the automotive industry, in China and around the world,” says Alexander Kocher, EB’s president and managing director. “China is an important and strategic market for EB, therefore we are glad to bring our products and experience into the ACU. We are extremely proud to be a partner and look forward to working with Baidu as well as the whole industry to accelerate the development of automated driving based on Apollo.”

 

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Elektrobit – a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental AG – is also working with Baidu Apollo in further areas and just published a joint whitepaper on reliable and safe maps for automated driving.

 

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William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.

Contact him regarding any article or collaboration ideas by e-mail at william.kucinski@sae.org.