Magna announces autonomous driving platform

Automotive supplier Magna has launched an autonomous driving platform – MAX4 – that it says can enable driving capabilities up to Level 4 autonomy (as determined by SAE International) in both urban and highway driving environments.

Magna introduces autonomous driving platform, MAX4

MAX4 is a fully integrated, customisable and scalable autonomous driving sensing and compute platform. It combines cameras, RADAR, LiDAR and ultrasonic sensors with a compute platform designed for easy integration with carmakers’ own platforms, including those used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

One of the platform’s strengths, according to Magna, is its ability to let carmakers retain their existing vehicle design and styling. It will also not take up valuable rear cargo space or personal space in the vehicle’s main compartment.

“At the heart of this development is a desire to show the market Magna’s breadth of capabilities and an autonomous driving enabling platform with subsystems that do not compromise the interior and exterior of a vehicle,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna’s Chief Technology Officer.

“Our focus is on developing production-ready solutions that offer flexibility to integrate and the framework to enable Level 4 technology for when the market is ready.”

In developing MAX4, Magna has also aimed to simplify drivers’ interaction with autonomous driving systems, offering the option of an intuitive, cruise-control-like user interface controlled by pressing a button.

A lighted display indicates the vehicle is in autonomous mode, and drivers can disengage autonomous driving via the brake pedal or an emergency button.

The company has been developing and manufacturing autonomous technology features for carmakers since the 2000s. Magna will demonstrate its autonomous enabling technologies at the forthcoming 2017 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.