Renesas technology selected by Toyota for future AVs

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Toyota has selected Renesas Electronics to supply technology for its future autonomous vehicles, which are currently under development and scheduled for launch in 2020.

Renesas’s autonomous-driving solution combines the R-Car system-on-chip (SoC), which serves as an electronic brain for in-vehicle infotainment and ADAS, and the RH850 microcontroller (MCU) for automotive control.

This combination delivers a comprehensive semiconductor solution that covers peripheral recognition, driving judgements, and body control.

Toyota has chosen Renesas as the key semiconductor supplier for its ‘highway teammate’, an autonomous-driving prototype car that can merge, pass, change lanes and perform other actions during highway driving, under supervision.

The R-Car SoC will be applied in the ECU, which is supplied by Denso. It will function as the electronic brain for the autonomous-driving system, providing highly accurate intelligence on the vehicle’s position within its environment and making real-time decisions on vehicle control and active safety maneuvers based on sensor data.

The RH850 was also selected to control driving, steering and braking functions based on the judgements made by the R-Car SoC.

“We are collaborating with Renesas to develop an ECU, the so-called electronic brain, for use in Toyota’s autonomous-driving vehicle,” explained Hajime Kumabe, executive director at Denso Corporation.

“We will maximize our sophisticated system design and software development capabilities by leveraging Renesas’s high-performance semiconductor devices to realize a highly reliable ECU system for autonomous-driving vehicles.”

November 2, 2017

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