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Siemens’ Mentor launches Level 5 self-driving board, threatens sensor systems

Mentor has unveiled the DRS360, a sensor fusion system that it claims provides the SAE Level 5 autonomous requirements for completely driverless vehicles. Owned by Siemens, Mentor is diving into a market that is heating up, chasing the likes of Nvidia and Delphi, with an approach that looks set to irk sensor suppliers. The premise of the DRS360 is that it removes the latency inherent in sensor fusion systems that use microcontrollers to pre-process the data from sensor feeds before it reaches the central processing resources – such as the camera and LiDAR feeds, which typically run some conversion of their data before handing it up the chain. It’s a notable design shift, should it catch on, as it effectively…

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