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Daimler, Xilinx partner to develop AI solutions for future Mercedes-Benz models

ABR Staff Writer Published 27 June 2018

German automotive firm Daimler has selected US technology company Xilinx to drive artificial intelligence (AI)-based automotive applications.

The two companies will collaborate for the development of in-car system using Xilinx technology.

The scalable solution is powered by a Xilinx automotive platform featuring system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices and AI acceleration software.

Xilinx said the solution will deliver high performance, low latency and best power efficiency for embedded AI in automotive applications today.

Daimler user interaction & software director Georges Massing said: "We are accelerating our product development using AI technology by engaging our global development centers with Xilinx experts.

“Through this strategic collaboration, Xilinx is providing technology that will enable us to deliver very low latency and power-efficient solutions for vehicle systems which must operate in thermally constrained environments. We have been very impressed with Xilinx's heritage and selected the company as a trusted partner for our future products."

Xilinx, with more than 12 years of experience in automotive, is claimed to have delivered more than 40 million cumulative automotive units to automakers and Tier 1 suppliers.

As part of the collaboration, deep learning experts from the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development centers in Sindelfingen, Germany and Bangalore, India will implement their AI algorithms on adaptable automotive platform from Xilinx.

Mercedes-Benz will make a product out of Xilinx’s AI processor technology to enable the execution of neural networks.

Xilinx Automotive senior director Willard Tu said: "We are proud to announce this collaboration with Daimler on advanced AI applications. Our adaptable acceleration platform for automotive offers industry leaders like Daimler a high level of flexibility for innovation in deploying neural networks for intelligent vehicle systems.”

Recently, Mercedes-Benz has invested €600m to expand its East London Plant in the UK. With the investment, new generation of C-Class vehicles will be built at the plant.

The investment will be used for the construction of new new paint shop and a new body shop, an upgrade of the assembly shop and new logistic warehouses.

The new buildings will comprise an area of about 100,000m2 and this is equivalent of adding two thirdsd of the already existing buildings for the passenger vehicle production. The new workshops will incorporate environmental friendly technologies.

Image: Xilinx partners with Daimler to bring AI-powered chips for automotive applications. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewswire.