Two automotive suppliers are teaming up with the hopes of developing a fully autonomous system before the end of the decade.
Mobileye and Delphi have both made great strides in developing semi-autonomous driving systems, but the two are now teaming up to make a Megazord of autonomy. Their newly formed partnership will leverage both companies' strengths in order to bring self-driving to public roads by 2019.
Mobileye's focus lies in computer vision, machine learning and mapping, while Delphi specializes in software, sensors and systems integration. Put the two together, and you've got a self-drivin' stew going.
The goal is to create a system that adheres to SAE Levels 4 and 5 of autonomous driving. Current semi-autonomous systems are closer to SAE Level 2 or 3, with the human largely responsible for managing vehicle systems and monitoring the environment. Once the system takes over monitoring, we move up to Level 3. Level 4 involves total system control in some but not all types of driving, while Level 5 is fully autonomous all the time.
The forthcoming platform will take the not-so-graceful name of "Central Sensing Localization and Planning," or CSLP for short. CSLP will be demonstrated in urban and highway driving scenarios at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, with the hopes of having it ready to sell to automakers by the end of 2019.
That's a full two years ahead of most other automakers, like Ford, which said it would have urban self-drivers ready by 2021.