Civil Maps’ Atlas DevKit Enables High Quality, Low-cost Localization, and Geospatial Data Collection in Real-time

With “Bring Your Own Sensor” flexibility and turnkey deployment, Atlas DevKit and Atlas Lite DevKit enable 3D mapping at scale for autonomous vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 7, 2017Civil Maps, a developer of cognition systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced the release of the Atlas DevKit platform, a hardware and software offering that enables the low-cost, real-time creation and conversion of sensor data into 3D semantic map data. The reference kit, a car-mounted hardware unit and its companion software suite, is designed for self-driving car developers and others seeking to affordably build as well as utilize high definition, machine readable maps that can be crowdsourced. The hardware device is comprised of third-party sensors such as LiDAR, cameras, measurement systems, and communication devices in a self-contained, plug-and-play package. An alternative version of the platform, the Atlas Lite DevKit, integrates with a vehicle’s existing sensors.

“Advanced localization, map creation, and crowdsourcing of maps are key challenges facing those hoping to test and deploy autonomous vehicle technology,” said Sravan Puttagunta, Co-founder and CEO of Civil Maps. “The Atlas DevKit platform accelerates the pace of innovation by enabling developers to quickly and economically localize vehicles, build dynamic maps, and crowdsource that critical information with other cars in real-time.”

Affordable Data Collection and Localization at Scale

Traditionally, low-level localization and data collection can incur hardware costs alone in the $100,000-$500,000 range, while requiring significant computing power. Civil Maps is able to offer the full Atlas DevKit platform to qualified customers in packages that start at $20,000 as part of an R&D contract with the company. Highly efficient, the reference platform runs via a single board ARM processor, a remarkable advantage over other data collection and mapping solutions.

Since Fall 2016, automotive R&D teams have used the Atlas DevKit experimentally across three continents. Installation and usage is easy; developers simply mount the kit to a car’s roof rack and use it with Civil Maps’ machine learning software. Rather than utilizing expensive, custom-built solutions that can take months to deploy, R&D teams are able to start mapping immediately.

“In developing the Atlas DevKit, our goal has always been to reduce the costs of quality data collection, which is the pathway for crowdsourcing map information,” said Richard Hurlock, Product Manager for Atlas DevKit. “Now and moving onward with future iterations, we are developing with those scalable goals in mind, while providing real-time feature extraction and building maps that significantly outperform competing solutions.”

A key breakthrough on its own, the Atlas DevKit used with Civil Maps software, enables a car to localize itself in six dimensions within 10 centimeter accuracy. When combined with Civil Maps HD 3D semantic maps, the car not only knows where it is, but it also gains the ability to anticipate and remember objects in the physical world.

Highlights of the Atlas DevKit for Developers

  • Advanced Localization: In 6 dimensions (x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw) within 10 cm accuracy
  • Affordable: Enables R&D at scale
  • Minimal Compute: Runs on an ARM processor with low power consumption
  • Low Data Footprint: (+/- 120 kb per km)
  • Multi-Sensor Compatible: Integrates with a variety of sensors, allowing for interchangeable configurations
  • Connected: 4G allows for remote provisioning
  • Flexible: Atlas DevKit, Atlas Lite DevKit (for integration with vehicle’s existing sensors), Atlas DevKit SDK (for integration in hardware ready vehicles)

The Atlas DevKit was recently recognized as an Innovation Honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence category of the 2017 CES® Innovation Awards.

Starting today, the Atlas DevKit software and hardware platform is available to qualified customers. For more information please contact: atlasdevkit@civilmaps.com.

About Civil Maps

Civil Maps provides cognition systems for autonomous vehicles, enabling them to crowdsource high definition, machine readable dynamic maps for safe driving. By offering advanced localization technology, 3D semantic maps, and crowdsourcing, cars equipped with Civil Maps’ hardware and software can make better decisions. Civil Maps is working with the most innovative automotive customers and partners across the world to bring fully autonomous vehicles to market. The company, founded in 2013, has offices in San Francisco and Hyderabad. It has received funding from Ford Motor Company, SAIC, Motus Ventures, the Stanford-StartX Fund, and many other distinguished investors. To learn more about Civil Maps, visit www.civilmaps.com.



Contact:

Antenna Group for Civil Maps
Michael Salmassian, +1 415-977-1919
Email Contact
or
Civil Maps
Alexa Lee, +1 415-439-0540
Email Contact




Review Article Be the first to review this article
Aldec


Latest Blog Posts
Michelle Mata-ReyesAldec Design and Verification
by Michelle Mata-Reyes
ARM-based SoC Co-Emulation using Zynq Boards
Jobs
Senior Software Architect Internet for EDA Careers at San Jose, California
Sr. Application Engineer for Mentor Graphics at Fremont, California
Salesforce Technical Lead   East Coast  for EDA Careers at Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Hardware Engineer, Board Design for Arista Networks at Santa Clara, California
Senior Account Managers… FORMAL VERIFICATION...VALLEY for EDA Careers at San Jose, California
Upcoming Events
FLEX 2020 and MSTC 2020 at DoubleTree by Hilton 2050 Gateway Place San Jose CA - Feb 24 - 27, 2020
DVCon U.S. 2020 at DoubleTree Hotel San Jose CA - Mar 2 - 5, 2020
OFC 2020 - The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition at San Diego Convention Center San Diego CA - Mar 8 - 12, 2020
DATE '2020 at ALPEXPO Grenoble France - Mar 9 - 13, 2020



© 2020 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise