Source: FORVIA announcement

LIPPSTADT, Germany — HELLA, the automotive supplier operating under the FORVIA umbrella brand, announced its innovative Structural Health and Knock Emission (SHAKE) sensor for road condition detection is now supported on the NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion autonomous-vehicle (AV) development platform.

With the SHAKE sensor, vehicles are able to hear and feel the environmental noise spectrum, analyse those characteristics, and initiate actions for driver safety and comfort. 

NVIDIA’s production-ready DRIVE Hyperion platform includes a computer architecture, software, and a safety-certified sensor suite, in order to accelerate development and simplify integration. Designed to be modular, the platform enables manufacturers to use what they need for their unique vehicle requirements. In addition to the SHAKE road condition sensor, HELLA’s 77 GHz radar sensors are supported on DRIVE Hyperion.

As a member of NVIDIA’s DRIVE ecosystem, HELLA is the first supplier to offer a solution for accurate, real-time measurement of the water level on roads. The SHAKE sensor detects vibrations and airborne sound from water drops that have been stirred up and uses this to determine the degree of wetness between the tyre and the road.  

Previous solutions addressed this issue by calculating the amount of water using high-powered cameras. However, these technologies cannot offer enough information to drivers or self-driving systems to make critical driving decisions.

“Our SHAKE sensor outperforms any technology with a similar scope that is currently available and challenges common thinking about what a car can achieve. By using a smart sensor, a vehicle can now not only see, but also hear and feel its surroundings,” said Marco Döbrich, head of the Sensors business field at HELLA.

“The ability to augment the environmental-sensing capability vision of radars, lidars and cameras with the HELLA SHAKE road condition sensor will improve autonomous vehicle safety,” said Gary Hicok, senior vice president, at NVIDIA.  “Providing current, precise road-condition data will enable vehicles to adapt automated functions for safe driving in real time.”

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