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Achieving Level 5 autonomy

The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) industry is chasing Level 5 autonomy, full automation where no driver interaction is required, that would allow a general consumer to purchase an AV.

  • Manufacturers recognize Level 5 is only attainable with a perception stack that allows the vehicle to better perceive its environment.
  • Multi-modal approach for perception around the vehicle.
  • Each modality is designed to overcome the "weakness" of another modality, creating a robust platform for the best in class environmental awareness.

"Old" news, same story

Autonomy is not new for Mobile Robotics (first introduced in the 1950’s). 

  • Unlike the AV industry, cost points are a barrier to adoption for mobile robots. 
  • Entry points for mobile robots require a large investment from the user, increasing the time to achieve a strong ROI. 
  • Manufacturer are forced to compromise on hardware selection, focusing primarily on safety, in order to reduce BoM cost.
  • Ultimately, this limits the overall flexibility of the robot which, in turn, reduces its capability. 

What if you didn’t have to compromise?

Taking a page from the AV "book"

The AV industry is not wrong in their approach to reaching Level 5 Autonomy. Better environmental awareness leads to more flexibility and better overall operation of an AV. The same capability should exist for the Mobile Robot industry.

For this to become a reality, challenges in multi-modal, multi-camera applications, including sensor synchronization and fusion, must be mitigated. The only way to reduce Total Cost of Ownership for perception platforms is to simplify the design and integration of multi-modal systems. 

The O3R perception platform was designed to fulfill this task.