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News   September 18, 2017   by Adam Malik

Magna moves closer to Level 4 automation

The technology to develop self-driving vehicles continues to advance as Magna announced MAX4, an integrated, customizable and scalable autonomous driving sensing and compute platform.

It can enable up to Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities in both urban and highway environments, the company said. It can be integrated into an automaker’s existing and future platforms, even hybrid and electric vehicles. It will not take up cargo space in the rear of a vehicle or personal space elsewhere.

Magna said its platform using a small amount of power compared to other available options. MAX4 combines the use of cameras, RADAR (radio detection and ranging), LiDAR (light detection and ranging) in its system.

“Our focus is on developing production-ready solutions that offer flexibility to integrate and the framework to enable Level 4 technology for when the market is ready,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna’s Detroit-based chief technology officer.

The platform includes the option of a cruise-control-like user interface, controlled by pressing a button. When in autonomous mode, a lighted display shows as much and drivers can disengage by pressing the brake pedal or an emergency button.

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