ADAS July/August 2019

Mitchell Partners with Bosch to Update Dynamic Test Coverage

Mitchell International, owner of NAGS, has announced a partnership with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. This al-lows Mitchell to update its dynamic special test coverage within the Mitchell Diagnostics solution and enables Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibrations for dozens of popular vehicle models, according to Mitchell.

Dynamic calibrations are often required following front-end re-pairs or windshield replacements. Unlike static special tests, dynamic calibrations do not require targets, and often require a highly specialized diagnostic device along with the need to drive the vehicle during the process. Features of dynamic special tests available include:

• Built-in dynamic calibration routines for forward-facing collision avoidance systems;

• Easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions to assist technicians; and

• Ability to pause and resume routines if driving is interrupted during the calibration.

There is no additional subscription charge for these capabilities and all Mitchell Diagnostics users will receive these capabilities automatically with their next update. The company indicates benefits for repairers include improved cycle time and customer satisfaction by completing these calibrations in-house, and improving profitability by completing the repairs using their own tools and technicians. Both insurers and repairers will benefit from no per-vehicle fees for outsourcing the calibrations to a remote provider, mobile service, or dealership, according to Mitchell.

“Many collision repairers are looking to go beyond pre- and post-scanning and begin to per-form more diagnostic work in-house,” said Jack Rozint, vice president of sales and service at Mitchell International. “The team at Mitchell is dedicated to supporting collision repairers with the lat-est diagnostic technology, and is proud to work with Bosch to assist in the repair and recalibration of ADAS systems on today’s complex vehicles.”

“Automotive safety systems have come a long way, and we’re glad to collaborate with Mitchell to provide the latest in ADAS calibration technology,” said Danijela Haskin, product manager of Bosch Auto-motive Service Solutions.

Daimler Trucks Establishes Global Organization for Highly Automated Driving

Four years after Daimler Trucks introduced the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the first automated truck licensed to operate on U.S. public highways, the company established the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organization for automated driving, effective June 1. The main tasks of the new unit concerns overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving road map. This includes research and development as well as setting up the required operations infrastructure and net-work necessary for the series production of highly automated trucks (SAE level 4).

The newly established Autonomous Technology Group is part of Daimler Trucks’ global effort to put highly automated trucks onto the roads within a decade. To achieve this, Daimler Trucks has announced an investment of more than $570 million.

The new unit will address soft-ware development, chassis redundancy, sensor kit integration and operations infrastructure.

Velodyne Wins Patent Challenge

Velodyne has won a patent challenge brought by competitor Quanergy. The May ruling by the US Patent Trial and Appeals Board upholds the patentability of all claims in Velodyne’s pioneering ‘558 patent, which relates to a lidar based 3D point cloud measuring system used for Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS, Robotic vision, and other diverse applications.

“Velodyne Lidar Inc. is the inventor of the surround view lidar and we were confi dent that our patent would be upheld,” said Marta Hall, president, Velodyne Lidar, Inc. “The ruling was not a surprise because real-time surround view lidar was invented by our founder, David Hall, and the company holds a number of foundational patents rel-ative to this technology. We are an invention-based company and will always be inventing and innovating technologies, so we take protecting our hard-earned intellectual property seriously.”

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