DriveU.auto

About DriveU.auto

The DriveU.auto connectivity platform enables the safe teleoperation of autonomous vehicles using cellular bonding and dynamic encoding. The platform is already deployed and used live on public roads. It provides high speed, low latency, and ultra-reliable transmission of 4k video, audio streams, high-speed data, and control channels, and is available with hardware, or as a software-only implementation.
The platform’s SDK and APIs enable quick and straightforward integration.
DriveU.auto is based on technology developed by LiveU, the world leader in cellular-based field video transmission, deployed by more than 3,000 customers worldwide.

Member's Teleoperation vision

We often think of driving in binary terms — either a human is driving a car 100% of the time, or a computer is driving a car 100% of the time, i.e., autonomous vehicles. In most cases, the reality is actually more of a hybrid. This makes perfect sense — an autonomous vehicle (AV) can encounter almost infinite scenarios while driving. Although the AI in the driver’s seat should ‘understand’ most situations encountered on the road, there will always be outliers that it can’t interpret. These situations require human intervention.
Teleoperation is the technical term for the operation of an unmanned machine, system, or robot from a distance. In AV teleoperations, remote operators sit in a control center, either fully driving a vehicle (“direct driving”), serving as a remote safety driver, or ready to assist when an AV requires guidance to handle a specific challenge – or a situation in which the level of confidence of the AV as to what needs to be done in a particular circumstance – is insufficient (also known as “high level commands”).
In order to determine the state of the world around the vehicle to support the decision to be made, the remote operator needs to “see” through the “eyes” of the vehicle. This means that video and other data captured by cameras and sensors on the vehicle need to travel between the vehicle and the remote operator.
Specifically, teleoperation relies on sensor data, high quality video, and audio. The most important and sensitive data stream is video – real time, accurate, and continuous video is paramount to remote driving, and it hinges on the availability of a constant, robust connection between the moving vehicle and the remote operator at the command center.

Member's activity within the consortium

DriveU.auto is a leading company of the Andromeda consortium
The main objects in the consortium:

  • General solution architecture
  • Video Continent optimization
  • Communication aspects of the teleoperation
  • Safe control transition aspects
  • Remote operation over 5G networks research
  • HMI operator control

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