As the Autonomous vehicle is speeding up its craze, Australia is not behind to dive into the latest technologies. The two companies supporting the Australian market in the Autonomous vehicle sector are:-
Cohda Wireless: It provides support in developing modules for ‘vehicle-to-everything’ or ‘V2X’ communications used in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure projects. It was founded in 2004 by a research scientist from the University of South Australia. It is used for enabling the connected systems to manage and alert each traffic condition.
According to Paul Gray, CEO of Cohda told CarAdvice, “Our prime market we’ve been focused on to date has been connected vehicles, so this is really connecting vehicles to each other and smart infrastructure. So your vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, vehicle-to-people communications, which people tend to lump together under vehicle-to-everything or V2X communications.”
In 2006 the first V2X trials were conducted by the company and it is now a fifth-generation technology. The features from Cohda have been featured in Jaguar Land Rover off-road autonomous vehicles with a company involved in testing V-to-infrastructure communications over 4G with Telstra.
Seeing Machines was founded in 2000 by Sebastien Rougeaux, Alex Zelinsky, Timothy Edwards, and Jochen Heinzmann. The idea is encapsulated in the robotics lab of the Australian National University. The company in the field of computer vision is focused on developing the FOVIO driver monitoring system used in Cadillac’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system.
The orientation of the driver’s head can be measured by FOVIO with a tiny infrared camera on the steering wheel and also the eyelid movements. A light bar is triggered on the steering wheel whenever the driver starts daydreaming or closes their eyes.
According to Mike McAuliffe, CEO of Seeing Machines, “The Seeing Machines team has worked very hard on this breakthrough Driver Attention System (DAS) technology for a number of years and is proud to have helped GM bring to market the world’s first hands-free driving system for the highway, with Super Cruise,” “We look forward to continuing our GM partnership as we continue to advance the development and integration of our driver monitoring technology into GM’s DAS.”