White paper “Cost-reduction potential”, new classification fusion and out-of-sequence measurements handling.

60% cost-reduction potential in data fusion development
  Dear reader,  

Data fusion is a core technology of autonomous driving. The performance, reliability, and flexibility of this software component will have a decisive influence on the success of vehicle automation. Standards are ready to come, and we strongly believe that our scalable library-based approach creates high added value for series software development in the automotive industry. Customers like Continental already rely on our approach and we are pleased to be able to substantiate our arguments about cost-reduction potential in our new published white paper using a sample calculation of a real-world reference system. Enjoy reading!

  Cost-reduction potential in data fusion development  

In our white paper "Cost-reduction potential in data fusion development” a real-world reference system shows that even simple systems generate development costs of at least EUR 1.2 million. Standardized software libraries with tooling support, such as BASELABS Create Embedded, significantly reduce development effort, save up to 60% of costs and simultaneously shorten development times. The calculation is based on the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) and the calculation table is available in the white paper. The saving effects are achieved through graphical configuration of the data fusion, an embedded data fusion library based on consistent, traceable and fully reviewed requirements, architecture, design and test documents as well as tool-driven user support during debugging and the rapid development of system variants.

  Classification fusion with BASELABS Create Embedded 4.0  

BASELABS Create Embedded is a library for the development of data fusion systems for automated driving functions on embedded platforms.

The release of BASELABS Create Embedded 4.0 includes the following new features:

  • Classification fusion: Sensors such as cameras often provide information on the class of a certain object. This information is highly relevant to improve the data fusion performance, e.g. to specify class-specific sensor characteristics. The Data Fusion Designer of BASELABS Create Embedded now supports to design data fusion systems that include classification information from any of the configured sensors. If multiple sensors provide a classification for an object, the built-in classification fusion resolves potential conflicts. Furthermore, the runtime visualization has been enhanced and includes the object classification.
  • Out-of-sequence measurements handling: When using multiple sensors, data may arrive delayed at the data fusion, e.g. due to pre-processing or communication. To handle these so-called out-of-sequence measurements, BASELABS Create Embedded now provides a deterministic buffering approach. When using this method, the measurements of the different sensors are buffered and then processed in chronological order.
  • Runtime calibration: The parameters configured in the Data Fusion Designer now can be changed at runtime as well.
  • Visualization of ego-motion data: The velocity and yaw rate of the host vehicle are shown in the runtime visualization.
  • Track statistics: For each configured sensor, the resulting track structure of the data fusion contains information on how often an object has been detected by this sensor.
  • Traceability: Generated files now contain a header containing information on the time of creation and the used version of BASELABS Create Embedded.
  • Host vehicle parameters: The dimensions of the host vehicle can now be configured in the Data Fusion Designer and are shown in the visualization during development and runtime.
  Open communication culture in a growing-team  

We live an open communication culture and enjoy working in a cooperative working environment. Our decisions are made comprehensible and we cooperate honestly and respectful with each other. This ensures that everybody is valued for his or her contribution to our common vision. To strengthen this, we often organize communication workshops for our team or individual coaching sessions to work on individual topics from everyday life. Moreover, we have established formats to actively foster the exchange within the team. These include, for example, regular team-sessions to reflect the collaboration and to share ideas for improvements. In our Q&A-session the team members ask the management questions on all operational and strategic topics, which are relevant to them. On a more informal level, we organize joint breakfast in small groups of mixed teams or a meeting outside work with our managing director "A chat with Robin".


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