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Develop for tomorrow’s cars today.

The automotive industry is going through an unprecedented transformation. Shared mobility services are changing the definition of car-ownership, cars are becoming carbon-emissions free with EV vehicles, and the race towards automated driving is heating up across the industry. At the same time, the car itself is becoming a sensor hub, generating tons of data (e.g. connected car is expected to generate 1.1PB of data per day by 2020). 

 

To help the automotive industry in an innovative, and cost-effective, manner, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has created the Qualcomm® drive data platform, which uses cutting-edge technology to intelligently collect and analyze data from different vehicle’s sensors to facilitate smarter vehicles that can determine their location, monitor and learn driving patterns, perceive their surroundings and share this perception with rest of the world reliably and accurately. These capabilities will be key for many connected car applications, from shared mobility and fleet management to 3D High definition mapping and future automated driving.  

Drive past developmental roadblocks.

Key fundamental technological innovations, and integration of these technologies in a cost-effective way, will be crucial for supporting Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and next generation automotive services, such as shared mobility and autonomous driving. 

Highly accurate and cost effective localization

Precise location is crucial for navigation, 3D high resolution mapping, autonomous driving, and shared mobility services. For example, autonomous vehicles need to precisely locate themselves on an HD map, understand where they are relative to the world, determine their route and safely stay within the confines of the road/lane. This will require innovation in computer vision, sensor processing and location technologies, such as GNSS with Dead Reckoning (DR) and Visual Inertial Odometry (fusing information from cameras and motion sensors).

Comprehensive understanding of road conditions

Next generation vehicles need to perceive their surroundings and share this information with rest of the world reliably and accurately. For example, they need to understand their road environment (road signs, lane markers, etc.), and analyze data about driving patterns to improve autonomous driving. Qualcomm’s long-term investments and research in on-device machine learning, sensor fusion and computer vision that are optimized for low power heterogeneous compute platforms will allow the vehicles to become more intelligent in accurately perceiving the world. The accuracy of perception and machine learning for decision making is critical for different levels of autonomy.

Connectivity with everything around the car and the cloud

Autonomous cars will rely on high fidelity sensor information sharing and 3D mapping to safely navigate their environment. Our leading Gigabit class LTE modems and 5G  leadership will enable autonomous cars to download high resolution maps and share other necessary sensor and driving information. Additionally, Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) is becoming a key technology for enabling fully autonomous driving. V2X complements the capabilities of other sensors that are limited by line of sight (e.g. radar, LiDAR and camera systems) by providing 360-degree non-line-of sight awareness, extending a vehicle’s ability to “see” further down the road – even at blind intersections or in bad weather conditions. Currently, Qualcomm Technologies has 802.11p-based solutions and is pioneering Cellular V2X on the path to 5G.

Precise positioning

Offer precise positioning with sub-meter accuracy by using embedded GNSS with DR, augmented positioning with Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) and cloud based assistance for enhanced positioning.

On-device machine learning

On-device machine learning will play a key role in resolving data from different sensors and providing vehicles with visual perception to understand road environments, from recognizing traffic signs and road conditions to identifying vehicles and pedestrians. 

To support the automotive ecosystem, Qualcomm Technologies offers a deep learning software development kit (SDK). The SDK, called the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Neural Processing Engine (NPE), is optimized to utilize the Snapdragon heterogeneous compute capabilities to provide OEMs a powerful, energy efficient platform for delivering next level of intelligence. 

Heterogeneous connectivity

Easily integrate information across systems by including the world’s first announced Gigabit Class LTE modem, leading multi-mode modem technology, V2X (e.g. 802.11p), Wi-Fi and BT LE.

Explore what powers our Drive Data Platform.

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Automotive Processor from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

As the first commercially announced, automotive-grade processor with an optional integrated X12 LTE modem capable of Cat 12 speeds, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive processor delivers the next level of intelligence and unprecedented mobile connectivity. The NPE and Qualcomm® Symphony SDKs from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. are designed to allow our customers to spread the neural networks’ workloads between the heterogeneous computing engines, such as Computer Processing Unit (CPU), Graphical Processing Unit (GPU), and Digital Signal Processor (DSP), within the Snapdragon 820 automotive processor; maximizing the computational performance and power efficiency of our SoC. 

X12 LTE Modems

Qualcomm Technologies’ V2X technologies are designed to connect vehicles to each other (V2V), to pedestrians (V2P), to roadway infrastructure (V2I) and to the network (V2N). V2X also enhances ADAS, facilitating significant potential value to a wide range of safety features, including improved safety, better traffic efficiency and enhanced situational awareness. Currently, Qualcomm Technologies has 802.11p-based solutions and is pioneering Cellular V2X on the path to 5G.

Cellular-V2X

Qualcomm’s V2X technologies are designed to connect vehicles to each other (V2V), to pedestrians (V2P), to roadway infrastructure (V2I) and to the network (V2N). V2X also enhances ADAS, bringing significant value to a wide range of safety features, including improved safety, better traffic efficiency and enhanced situational awareness. Currently, Qualcomm has 802.11p-based solutions and is pioneering Cellular V2X on the path to 5G.

Qualcomm® drive data platform demo

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Explore our automotive infotainment development tools.

The Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP) is designed to provide a full-featured environment for rapid development of high-performance, power-efficient and connected infotainment applications. The integrated system approach includes a Snapdragon automotive processor, related chipset elements, and a comprehensive software solution that can help lower development cost, reduce risk and increase development speed.

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Press Releases

Qualcomm Demonstrates Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Based on the Qualcomm Halowireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds. Qualcomm Technologies also demonstrated simultaneous charging, in which two vehicles on the same track can charge dynamically at the same time. The vehicles can pick up charge in both directions along the track, and in reverse, further showcasing how the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging.

The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-meter FABRIC* test track, which has been built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles. Qualcomm Technologies and VEDECOM integrated the source part of the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system in the test track, while VEDECOM and Renault integrated the receiving part onto two Renault Kangoo vehicles. Following today’s demonstration, the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system will be handed over to VEDECOM to perform tests for FABRIC. These tests will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.

FABRIC is a €9 million project, mostly funded by the European Commission, addressing the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC. The project began in January 2014 and will continue through December 2017, and is being undertaken by a consortium of 25 organizations from nine European countries, including automotive manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research organizations from automotive, road and energy infrastructure domains. VEDECOM is one of the FABRIC collaborators and responsible for providing the demonstration of the charging solution at Satory using the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system. FABRIC’s main goal is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.

“Our engineers and management have fully supported this project since the very beginning as it aligns perfectly with our focus on EVs, charging systems and mobility services,” says Luc Marbach, chief executive officer, VEDECOM. “We are a public-private partnership focused on pre-competitive research. The installation of one of the world’s first DEVC test platforms has provided us with a unique test facility and we look forward to expanding our expertise with the future testing.”

“Being part of this exciting project has enabled us to test and further research dynamic charging on our Kangoo Z.E. vehicles,” said Eric Feunteun, electric vehicle program director, Groupe Renault. “Our engineers have worked very closely with the Qualcomm Technologies and VEDECOM teams to complete the DEVC system integration demonstration as part of FABRIC. We see dynamic charging as a great vision to further enhance the ease of use of EVs, thus the accessibility of EVs for all.”

“We are inventors. We are WEVC. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. The combination of a global team of expert engineers and Qualcomm Halo technology, which covers all aspects of WEVC systems, irrespective of the magnetics used, has enabled us to really push the boundaries of the possible and outline our vision for future urban mobility.”

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

18 Mei 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm and LG Bring 5G and Cellular-V2X Communications Into Vehicles

Today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and LG Electronics (LG) announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles. Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to showcase these next-generation wireless technologies through trials during the first half of 2018. This work builds on the long-established relationship between Qualcomm Technologies and LG since the two Companies delivered their first telematics system in 2004.

On the path to 5G, LG is developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform, which features support for Gigabit LTE speeds using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and is complemented by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution. The connected car platform also supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.

“The advanced wireless capabilities of 5G and C-V2X will usher in new use cases necessary to fulfill our vision for increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles,” said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president, VC Smart Business Unit, LG Electronics. “As a leading inventor of 5G technologies and our key modem provider for telematics, Qualcomm Technologies is the company of choice for bringing the next-generation wireless solutions that leading automakers need and expect.”

With a strong evolution path to 5G, C-V2X technology is a key feature for safety conscious and autonomous driving solutions. C-V2X complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle’s surroundings, even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios. In addition to allowing for 360 degree NLOS, C-V2X is also designed to allow for enhanced situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using direct communications in the 5.9GHz ITS band with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians’ devices, as well as network-based communications to cloud services using commercial cellular bands. Compared to current technologies, C-V2X is designed to deliver enhanced V2X direct communication range, reliability, latency and superior NLOS performance. The technology is supported by a broad ecosystem based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications, with trials expected to begin later this year.

“Wireless communications provide the vehicle with data that truly complements what other sensors deliver. For instance, C-V2X and its evolution to 5G can help the car discover what is around corners, detecting a pedestrian’s smartphone or a car approaching an intersection even when the object is obstructed by buildings or other large vehicles,” said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Building on our successful collaboration on telematics and infotainment systems, which have resulted in more than 25 million cumulative units shipped to date for carmakers throughout all key automotive regions, we are pleased to expand our relationship with LG in ushering in both C-V2X and 5G technologies in future vehicles.”

C-V2X evolution to 5G offers more wireless communication capabilities for autonomous vehicles, supporting advanced use cases such as high-throughput sensor data/map sharing among vehicles, see-through capabilities streaming camera information from one car to another, and wideband ranging for improved positioning – all while maintaining backward compatibility with 3GPP Rel. 14 C-V2X. With the ability to support multi-Gigabit speeds, mission-critical services with ultra-reliable low latency communication and massive number of nodes, 5G will support a unified connectivity platform to the always connected, autonomous vehicle of the future.

For more information and demonstrations of 5G, C-V2X, Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform and other automotive-related technologies, visit the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27 – March 2, Hall 3, Stand 3E10, or go to qualcomm.com/c-v2x.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 77,000 people working in 125 locations around the world. With 2016 global sales of USD 47.9 billion (KRW 55.4 trillion), LG comprises four business units ― Home Appliance & Air Solutions, Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

23 Feb 2017