Kodiak and Ambarella Innovate Self-Driving Truck Safety

By Greg Tavarez January 13, 2023

The increase in consumer demand is forcing the freight industry to move more freight daily, faster and more safely, but with fewer drivers.

Kodiak develops autonomous technology that carries freight forward to make the freight industry safer and more efficient through its self-driving trucks. With a safety-first approach, Kodiak evaluates technologies and hardware that enhance its self-driving system.

That is how it formed its partnership with Ambarella, an edge AI semiconductor company, to integrate Ambarella’s CV2AQ AI perception system-on-chip (SoC) into its self-driving trucks for all camera data processing. 

Ambarella’s products are used in human vision and edge AI applications that include video security, advanced driver assistance systems, electronic mirror, drive recorder, driver/cabin monitoring, autonomous driving and robotics applications. Its low-power SoCs offer high-resolution video compression, advanced image and radar processing, and deep neural network processing to enable intelligent perception, fusion and planning.

CV2AQ SoC in Kodiak’s self-driving system optimizes Kodiak’s camera data processing capabilities. The CV2AQ includes Ambarella’s proprietary CVflow AI engine. The CV2AQ’s CVflow architecture provides computer vision processing at 12MP resolution, enabling image recognition over long distances and with high accuracy. It includes efficient 4K encoding in AVC and HEVC video formats.

CV2AQ also includes a suite of advanced cybersecurity features such as secure boot with TrustZone and secure memory, true random number generator, one-time programmable memory, DRAM scrambling and virtualization, and a programmable secure level for each peripheral interface.

“Ambarella’s track record in building some of the market’s most advanced processors makes it an ideal partner for Kodiak,” said Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak. “Ambarella’s focus on ADAS and autonomous technologies aligns our roadmaps even more closely.”

Additionally, Kodiak continues to explore various technologies and is looking at the possible integration of Ambarella’s new CV3-AD AI domain controller SoC family as a complete embedded compute solution for its next-generation of autonomous trucks.

The CV3-AD family provides single-chip processing for multi-sensor perception — including high-resolution camera, radar and LiDAR — as well as deep fusion for multiple sensor modalities and AV path planning.

“We are providing the trucking industry with the processors it requires to commercialize higher levels of autonomy, and with Kodiak as a partner, we’re confident in our ability to serve this vital segment of the emerging self-driving industry,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO, Ambarella.

Edited by Alex Passett

IoTevolutionworld Editor

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