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TI boosts car infotainment with InfoADAS SDK

11 Jun 2015  | Christoph Hammerschmidt

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With the Informational Driver Assistant Systems (InfoADAS), carmakers can add safety functions such as surround view, pedestrian and lane detection to in-vehicle infotainment features. As these are generally camera-based, they generate and process huge amounts of data. To support these features, Texas Instruments developed a customisable Software Developers Kit (SDK) for InfoADAS.

TI's InfoADAS SDK enables developers to extend investments in infotainment with the addition of innovative InfoADAS use-cases to enhance the driver's awareness of the conditions inside and outside the vehicle, without compromising the performance of either IVI or InfoADAS systems. In addition it helps developers to reshape traditional infotainment architectures by integrating additional functions on TI's DRA7xx "Jacinto 6" infotainment processors.

With the increasing deployment of cameras and sensors in vehicles to make the driving experience safer, there is a need to collect, analyse and display further information to the driver without significantly increasing overall R&D investments or bill-of-materials (BOM). The InfoADAS SDK provides scalability across high-level operating systems (HLOS) and "Jacinto 6" devices for reuse of existing designs and resources. It can also be used as a pluggable InfoADAS sub-system to existing head unit applications.

To act as a reference for customer's productised algorithm development, the InfoADAS SDK includes sample vision algorithms to demonstrate the framework capabilities, and also includes hooks to extend the framework for higher-level application features such as park guide overlays. In addition to the existing HLOS SDK supported on the "Jacinto 6" platform and Vision SDK dedicated to control safety functions supported on the TI TDAx processors, the delivery of the InfoADAS SDK unifies the software architecture across TI's automotive processors, "Jacinto" and TDAx, for easy integration and scalability.

TI's InfoADAS

The DRA7xx family of processors provides a hardware- and software-compatible platform capable to augment existing infotainment products with informational ADAS features. To enable InfoADAS, there is no hardware change required besides upgrading the system to route cameras to the processor. This allows customers to leverage cameras both inside and outside the vehicle together with existing infotainment platforms. Up to four dedicated accelerators, including TI's C66x Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and Embedded Vision Engine (EVE), and other "Jacinto 6" family capabilities allow for concurrencies of head-unit features and emerging analytics and image manipulation not previously possible on a single device.




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