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The autonomous driving market is in the midst of a transition, moving from the initial hype to pragmatic solutions that are changing the way we operate vehicles on roads. While autonomous vehicles (AVs) are here to stay, safety remains an issue. A lot of effort is being invested into developing sensing technology meeting the autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety requirements. A mandatory requirement to enable autonomous driving commercialization is the ability to detect any object on any road, and in any lighting or weather conditions.

OEMs and other service providers must implement solutions for autonomous vehicles that are robust yet cost effective and capable of operating in even the most challenging conditions. This is where Foresight positions itself as a strategic fit across a range of markets that have a new vision for autonomous vehicles, including passenger cars, public transportation and fleets, commercial vehicles, defense and security platforms. 

Passenger Vehicles

When a sensing system can detect any object on any road, and in any lighting or weather conditions, autonomous passenger vehicles gain numerous advantages when it comes to vehicle safety. They reduce the number of traffic accidents, fatalities, and injuries by lowering or eliminating human error. AVs can potentially reduce traffic congestion and time spent on the road and provide time for drivers to engage in other activities. AVs can also give mobility options to those who cannot drive for any number of reasons, effectively improving their quality of life.

Commercial Vehicles

Adding autonomy to commercial vehicles brings a host of benefits. These vehicles require significant investments and enabling them to operate during inclement weather and poor lighting conditions delivers a clear ROI. These vehicles must be able to sense and avoid specific objects, including people, animals and other machinery, at all times. In addition, strict regulations limit the number of hours drivers can log while on the road or while operating heavy-duty vehicles, effectively decreasing capacity. Autonomous vehicles could operate continuously, potentially reducing downtime and cutting costs for construction projects, while increasing capacity.

Typical applications include:

  • Light & heavy trucks
  • Heavy moving equipment: bulldozers, excavators, graders, loaders, backhoes, trenchers and scrapers
  • Farm equipment: tractors, sprayers, combines, plows, harvesters and field cultivators

Public Transportation & Fleets

Demand for public transportation is on the rise. Smart cities need autonomous public transportation systems that can move the masses using fewer vehicles in order to reduce pollution and urban congestion. Some forms of autonomous public transit already exist – such as subway trains and monorail systems – and other forms of mass transit are being tested, including passenger rail and bus. Clearly, these vehicles must operate in all-weather conditions in order to provide a valuable service to the public, maintain high levels of passenger safety, and remain profitable.

Security

Autonomous vehicles offer many advantages on the battlefield. They act as force multipliers while reducing risk to soldiers by keeping them out of harm’s way. They are extremely useful for intelligence gathering, as well as for improving logistics delivery, freeing up army personnel for more strategic tasks. Autonomous vehicles can also serve in disaster relief missions and provide humanitarian assistance, such as providing supplies to remote locations and evacuating the wounded. For optimal operation, these vehicles must be able to adapt to complex conflict zones and operate in the harshest environmental conditions, including off-road driving and zero-visibility sandstorms.