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Renovo Selects Velodyne as LiDAR Provider for its AWare Automated Mobility Operating System

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【Summary】Renovo, a mobility software technology company, and Velodyne LiDAR, a leading supplier of 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced that the companies are partnering to include Velodyne LiDAR as the preferred sensor provider for AWare powered highly automated vehicles and a form key part of Renovo’s reference configuration.

Original Eric Walz    Nov 14, 2017 11:12 AM PT
Renovo Selects Velodyne as LiDAR Provider for its AWare Automated Mobility Operating System

LOS ANGELES — Renovo, a mobility software technology company, and Velodyne LiDAR, a leading supplier of 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced that the companies are partnering to include Velodyne LiDAR as the preferred sensor provider for AWare powered highly automated vehicles and a form key part of Renovo's reference configuration.

AWare is Renovo's scalable Automated Mobility Operating System (AMOS) which merges software, data analytics, and automotive-grade safety systems into a unified solution for AMoD deployments.

AMoD is a blanket term that refers to fleets of self-driving vehicles moving people or goods from point-to-point. In its first deployments, AMoD will be "a ride-sharing service without drivers" and eventually extend into fleets of autonomous delivery trucks.  It will save lives, reduce congestion, improve air quality and increase energy efficiency in urban areas.

"AWare is a leading operating system for fleets of highly automated vehicles operated as a service, with a growing ecosystem that values interoperability and modularity," said Mike Jellen, President, Velodyne LiDAR. "With Velodyne supplying a wide range of customers building highly automated vehicles, Renovo's solution for the scaled deployment of these vehicles operated in an on demand model."

"It was an easy decision to partner with Velodyne for our AWare ecosystem, as the company joins us at the table with the best LiDAR sensors on the market," said Chris Heiser, CEO, Renovo. "This leadership position has been built steadily on over ten years of experience, ample funding, and production that has ramped up substantially to enable the scale deployment of Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) systems which rely on LiDAR sensors."

AWare OS

AWare ensures cross-platform portability. AWare-powered vehicles command hundreds of vehicle sensors generating multiple terabytes of data each hour, on a safe, secure, and scalable platform developed in extremely demanding environments. A data orchestration layer ensures a reliable and high-performance flow of data to help train algorithms and optimize operations.

Renovo AWare is the first operating system built specifically for automated mobility. AWare provides powerful interfaces for today's most advanced self-driving software with an ecosystem of partners and technology to help speed up development.

Mobility Solutions for Cities

Three out of four people in the developed world live in cities. Personal transportation choices in these urban areas will likely be determined by convenience and cost. According to Renovo, Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD)—fleets of highly automated vehicles as a service—is the optimal solution.

In the future, ubiquitous AMoD systems will exponentially displace vehicle miles traveled in cities, making the trip from door-to-door and first and last mile connections radically more affordable and sustainable. However, building these systems requires powerful new software platforms, and Renovo AWare provides the critical OS layer needed to bring AMoD to market.

Renovo and Velodyne LiDAR share similar visions for the development path of SAE Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles. This includes the need for open and heterogeneous technology stacks, as this architecture fosters innovation by being the safest, cheapest, and quickest to scale.

Meanwhile, LiDAR is a vital sensor technology for autonomous vehicles, as it acts as the ‘eyes' of the vehicle to navigate and detect obstacles. Velodyne's powerful computer platforms deliver integrated photonics, real-time signal analysis, and 3D algorithms to quickly and intelligently interpret the environment.

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Left to right: three of Velodyne's LiDAR models, the HDL-32E, VLP-16 and HDL-64E

Renovo is an impact partner at the upcoming LA CoMotion in Los Angeles, where it will showcase its highly automated vehicle reference configuration — a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid van equipped with two and four Velodyne VLP-16 LiDAR sensors.

Renovo's CEO will be speaking alongside former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Rosekind and former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Hart on Day one of the event in a session titled, "Backseat Driver: The Promise of our Autonomous Future".


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