Backplane in the autonomous race


Backplane System Technology presents a variety of products that can assist operators with transitioning to autonomous and sustainable vehicles

Backplane in the autonomous race
Backplane System Technology has a range of solutions to help transition to autonomous buses

The global autonomous market is continuously growing with autonomous vehicles being the centre of focus. Internationally, the autonomous driving market is forecasted to be worth approximately US$173.15 billion by 2030.

To leverage the benefits of these technologies, Australia has commenced trials for automated vehicles to ensure the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of its transport system.

All states in Australia have carried out a few automated vehicle projects over the past years, particularly after 2017, when the Australian transport minister agreed upon legal guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia.

For example, in the ACT, the federal government supported a two-year trial of driver monitoring systems on 40 residents driving semi-automated vehicles.

Likewise, NSW is trialling driverless shuttle buses in the Sydney Olympic Park. Similarly, the Northern Territory tested automated, electric buses on the Darwin waterfront precinct in 2018.

Queensland has 4 autonomous systems in trial, including the cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) pilot, cooperative and highly automated driving (CHAD) pilot, vulnerable road user pilot and change management.

South Australia has begun the trial of automated electric shuttles at Adelaide airport and the beachfront in Glenelg. Additionally, Victoria has run a 2-year trial of semi-autonomous vehicles on Melbourne’s Eastlink. Lastly, the Western Australian government has announced Perth and two other cities for the trial of electric-powered autonomous vehicles.

It is evident that the move in Australia regarding autonomous vehicles is slow as compared to the United States, China, Japan and Singapore.

There are many reasons for this slow progression, firstly, COVID-19 halted the time and funding for countries’ advancements in autonomous vehicles. Secondly, the Australian environment is challenging for the implementation of autonomous vehicles.

For example, there are large distances in terms of land to cover as compared to other countries. Hence electric charge, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control can be an issue. However, technology is always upgrading to counter the challenges presented by the Australian environment.

Therefore, Backplane System Technology presents a range of in-vehicle PCs that could assist in the automation of commercial transport as well as industrial vehicles in Australia. Particularly our GC series, which has features specially designed for AI as well as in-vehicle computing.

For example, Neousys’ Nuvo-8208GC is the world's first dual GPU edge AI platform with industrial-grade construction and in-vehicle features.

Designed specifically to support dual NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics cards, it offers tremendous GPU power up to 28 TFLOPS in FP32 for emerging GPU-accelerated edge computing, such as autonomous driving, vision inspection and surveillance/ security. Whereby, autonomous vehicles can function safely, securely, and efficiently.

In a similar range, NRU-52S is a rugged, wide temperature, fanless edge AI computer delivering 21 TOPS for AI-based video analytics applications requiring H.264/H.265 video decoding and real-time inference.

Powered by NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX system on module (SOM), it comprises a 6-core ARM CPU and NVIDIA® Volta GPU with 384 CUDA cores, 48 Tensor cores, and 2 NVDLA (NVIDIA® deep learning accelerator).

NRU-52S can enable more possibilities for real-time video analytics such as autonomous machines and vehicles. With its -25°C to 70°C fanless operation, wide-range DC input, ignition control, and 4G/ 5G connectivity, NRU-52S is ideal for harsh edge deployments. Ultimately, this makes NRU-52S extremely competent and versatile to use in autonomous driving applications.

Even though the automated driving rollout is slow in Australia, there are multiple opportunities to speed up the progression with the latest technology on hand. It is important to leverage the benefits presented by autonomous driving to build a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system, which keeps up to date with the needs of its citizens.

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