TIER IV introduced commercial autonomous driving software platforms for multiple operational design domains

Tokyo, November 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TIER IV, an open source autonomous driving startup, announced that it has launched commercial autonomous driving software platforms “Pilot.Auto” and “Web.Auto”, providing customers with a variety of support from development to operation. by doing Autonomous driving system. These platforms can be used in multiple Operational Design Domains (ODD) including closed spaces with limited traffic and pedestrian-vehicle mixed traffic in urban areas.

Pilot.Auto is an autonomous driving software platform based on “Autoware*1“, an open-source software (OSS) for autonomous driving whose development is managed by TIER IV. PILOT. enables auto partners to achieve their own autonomous driving goals according to TIER IV’s proprietary reference design specifications.

Web.Auto, on the other hand, is a development and operations (DevOps*2Software platform for extending and improving Pilot.Auto to meet individual requirements specified by partners’ systems.

These platforms enable partners to significantly reduce development costs and time to market for their desired autonomous driving system.

Attributes of pilot.auto and web.auto

Pilot.Auto Provides the following functions to implement autonomous driving systems by customers in their respective communities.

  • Software Customization: Offers customization including addition and expansion of functions to meet individual use cases and function and performance requirements for ODD. Pilot.Auto evaluates new functions so that customers can respond to specific requirements in a short period of time.
  • Integration of software with target vehicle systems (vehicle manufacturing): TIER IV incorporates Autowire-based autonomous driving systems into a wide range of autonomous vehicles using proprietary tools.
  • Software adaptation to target driving environment: offers tuning and verification to ensure safe and comfortable driving according to specific use cases and ODD.
  • Maintenance for customized, integrated, and adaptive software: Provides regular inspections of vehicles and entire systems including software and over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

Currently the reference design provided by TIER IV

Pilot.Auto currently offers five variants of the reference design. Each reference design defines function and performance requirements that are essential for specific use cases and ODDs, and Pilot.Auto is equipped with basic software and hardware designs to meet those requirements. The reference designs provided by TIER IV serve as a “starting point,” so to speak, for our partners to develop autonomous driving systems, and can significantly reduce the cost and lead time required to develop and operate autonomous vehicles. .

  • Cargo Transport: Use cases designed for low-speed autonomous transport in confined and confined spaces such as factories.
  • Shuttle Bus: Use cases designed for passenger transport (buses) in confined and mixed spaces such as parks and streets.
  • Robo-taxi: Use cases designed for passenger transport (taxis) in cities and other areas as part of transport improvement plans.
  • Personal cars: use cases designed for advanced driver assistance systems in spaces dedicated to autonomous driving, such as highways.
  • Delivery robots: Use cases designed for last-mile delivery in mixed areas such as residential streets.

web.auto A cloud-native, edge-intensive DevOps software platform essential for the development and safe operation of autonomous driving systems. Web.Auto is configured with development platform tools, (eg, autonomous driving simulators, CI/CD*3 data pipelines), which are needed to efficiently and effectively develop autonomous driving systems, as well as operations platform tools (eg, fleet management systems (FMS) and remote monitoring systems that can be integrated with applications provided by third parties), which are essential for autonomous driving systems. Necessary for the safe operation and maintenance of vehicles equipped with

Please visit TIER IV’s website for examples of platform development and implementation of each reference design.

Technology Roadmap

TIER IV developed a roadmap for developing Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto for implementation of five reference designs.

  • Completion of 2023: Regarding cargo transport, TIER IV plans to increase 4 autonomous performance in closed and confined spaces such as factories, airports and theme parks.
  • End of 2025: Regarding shuttle buses, TIER IV plans to implement its reference designs for Level 4 autonomous vehicles in local cities and will implement them in more than 40 locations. Japan. In cargo transport, TIER IV plans to introduce Level 3 functionality for private vehicles as well as launch applications of its reference design overseas.
  • End of 2028: Regarding shuttle buses, robo-taxis and private cars, TIER IV plans to realize its reference design performance for Level 4 autonomous vehicles even in major urban areas. For shuttle buses, TIER IV plans to move forward with the implementation of its reference design for Level 4 autonomous vehicles overseas.
  • By 2030: TIER IV plans to be compatible with major driving environments Japan and foreign to each reference design.

TIER IV aims to improve customers’ autonomous driving development capabilities by offering Pilot.Auto and Web.Auto, end-to-end solutions for the entire process from development to vehicle construction, adaptation, evaluation and operation.

TIER IV intends to continue to provide autonomous driving software platforms to the market and to form an ecosystem where any organization or individual can work on the development of autonomous driving technologies and service operations, thereby contributing to the realization of a safe and secure society through autonomous driving. .

*1 Autowire is a registered trademark of the Autowire Foundation.

*2 DevOps is an acronym for “development” and “operations”. DevOps is used to create a system that enables close collaboration between a software development group and an installation/operations group so that software installations and updates can be completed quickly.

*3 CI/CD is an acronym for “Continuous Integration” and “Continuous Delivery”. CI/CD refers to the automation of software creation and testing, delivery and deployment processes in software development and the methods used to continuously perform these tasks.


TIER IV Corporate Website

Pilot.auto website

Web.Auto website

Source Tier IV, Inc.


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