Rotary Digital Meeting 2019

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2019, 10th April, at the prestigious Engineering School Mines ParisTech in Paris, the Rotary club has organized a Conference about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Two moderators from the Rotary Club Philippe Simon and Franck Simon interviewed four speakers:

– STIM: Frédéric ARNOUX, PhD
– NEXYAD: Gérard YAHIAOUI
– MICROSOFT: Lionel BILLON
– GOOGLE: Béatrice de Clermont Tonnerre

Gérard YAHIAOUI, Nexyad CEO, explaining AI

NEXYAD at Secours&Vous Congress in Paris

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NEXYAD presenting SafetyNex for road accident prevention on the NEXYAD booth offered by French Government as a reward for the 2019 Innovation Prize of ROAD SAFETY that SafetyNex got last month from Ministry of Interior.

The French Road Safety invited other winners of 2019 Innovation Prize from different categories :

AWAKEN Car is a real solution to save motorists’ lives and reduce car theft. Real time notifications to emergency services, notifications during a vehicle theft, vehicle diagnostic, preventive maintenance, budget management and privacy policy.

ABEILLES is an editor of Kid’s Educational Games from 3 to 12 years old, around Road Safety, Nutrition, First Aid, Health, Environment & Discovery.

GOOD ANGEL provides a revolutionary Connected Alcohol Sensor, in order to reduce the risk of drunk driving and to compensate for the lack of management solutions for drivers under the influence of alcohol and accompanying passengers. The reusable device is connected to user’s smartphone. In case of positive detection, a concierge service is proposed to pick up driver and passengers 24/7.

ELLCIE HEALTHY proposes smart connected frames designed to look after user everyday without any discomfort. They will evolve thanks to software updates, and user will be able to benefit from new features with the same connected eyewear purchased. Today their connected eyewear detects drowsiness; tomorrow they will detect falls, and even prevent them, allow activity tracking and a lot more.

G-ADDICTION is an association that organized Escape Games on themes like:alcohol, speed, drugs, phone and hands-free kit while driving; seatbelt; dangers of 2 wheels; compliance with the Road Code, pedestrians, and disability after the accident.

Abeilles top left, G-Addiction top right, Awaken Car down left and Good Angel down right

Nexyad CEO speaker at
Challenge Startup & Innovation Summit

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CEO OF NEXYAD WAS A SPEAKER AT THE PARIS CHALLENGEr STARTUP & INNOVATION SUMMIT ON AI (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) YESTERDAY, 2019 March 27th.

NEXYAD was pleased to participate to this summit on Artificial Intelligence. We could explain how our Artificial Intelligence -based software component SafetyNex is now embedded in many products worldwide and how it transforms industry (aftermarket for telematics – fleets & insurance -, new vehicles – cockpit and AD systems ).

We also explained how such a module, via a reward system, can be used by B2C mass market distribution firms to acquire consumers at low cost, in a “nudge” positive loop that will save many lives.

And we were very interested in other speakers presentations with so many different interesting point of views on AI.

Vincent Beaufils interviewing Gérard Yahiaoui, Nexyad CEO

Challenge Startup & Innovation

La Route Zéro Tracas.mma wrote about Nexyad

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AI to Serve Road Safety

Artificial intelligence is developing in many sectors including automotive.
Zérotracas met Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad, who presented his SafetyNex driver alert solution.
Thanks to its embedded artificial intelligence, SafetyNex computes at every moment the risk taken by the driver and the alert case of risk taking too important to improve its safety and avoid the accident.
Check out the company that received the Innovation Award for Road Safety for this solution.

Read the French article

SafetyNex won Road Safety Innovation Prize

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February 20th was held at the House of the RATP the award ceremony of the Innovation Road Safety Challenge and Innovation Road Safety Award. Through these two competitions, Delegation to road safety attached to French Ministry of Interior supports innovations that make the road safer.
Nexyad presented SafetyNex, Artificial Intelligence based software component that computes at each moment the Driving Risk (like the teacher besides you the day of the driving licence) that the driver is currently taking :
. for human drivers, a vocal alert makes you aware that your taking too much risk and then driver can slow down and avoid emergency situations
. for Autonomous Driving systems, it is possible to servo-control Driving Risk and keep it under a maximum accepted risk value : AD system becomes adaptive to risk.

All Nexyad Team is proud with this Innovation Prize !

French Road Safety Innovation Prize

News about NEXYAD in Global Fleet

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The online network Global Fleet wrote an article about Nexyad:

Nexyad uses artificial intelligence to improve road safety

“75% of road accidents happen because of driver behaviour that is not adapted to local infrastructure,” said Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO, Nexyad. His company sells software components that use artificial intelligence to improve road safety. Fleet Europe wanted to know more about where his company came from and where it is going.

Read article here : https://www.globalfleet.com/en/safety-environment/europe/features/nexyad-uses-artificial-intelligence-improve-road-safet

In June 2013, Nexus Communication has launched GLOBAL FLEET, the first networking and crossmedia platform for multinationals willing to optimize their fleet management through globalization. It provides professionals with in-depth knowledge and up-to-date information on global and regional fleet management as well as on BRICs and other economies on the rise.

Global Fleet

NEXYAD’s Consumer Electronic Show 2019

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a view on Las Vegas Convention Center Central Plaza
 

It’s been an exceptional CES for NEXYAD :
. a major firm of car exlectronics presented on their booth 2 products that integrate our SafetyNex API
. we has about 30 qualified meeting (and we took good shoes J)

Between two meetings, NEXYAD has visited the gigantic section for Automotive in CES 2019 : Central Plaza and North Hall + a part of Central Hall
Four major trends caught our interest : Lidar, Vocal Driver Assistant, Autonomous Pods and French Tech.

 

LIDAR
 

The lidar (light detection and ranging) becomes an inescapable technology that will be present inside tomorrow vehicles, whether for the ADAS or for the autonomous vehicle. Investors seem to have made big bets on and yesterday Lidar actors still non-existent or tiny have now clearly visible in the aisles of the show. Lidar can be electromechanical or solid-state much cheaper technology. It is easy to split the following lidar companies in two: the north americans and others.

In California, we have Ouster that sided with the high resolution; and Cepton that provides long range lidars; also Velodyne with a whole range of different products for different uses; Then AEye with its iDar combination of camera and lidar. In Montana, there is Blackmore providing solid state technology; In North Carolina, a new comer Sense Photonics. And the Canadian Leddartech solid state technology for mass deployment thru a chip for perception analysis. LeddarTech is member of the MOVEO ADAS Group with NEXYAD and a dozen of other high-tech companies for intelligent mobility.

RoboSense the Chinese company proposes several technologies: mechanical, solid state, laser scanner and also perception algorithms. Innoviz Technologies the israeli makes solid state and software perception. In South Korea there is SOS Lab with a product for self driving cars.

Leddartech
LeddarVU & LeddarTech Cocoon
 

VOCAL DRIVER ASSISTANT
 

Everybody heard about vocal assistant, it is very popular for home use. Of course, those assistants arrive now into cars. Vocal Driver assistants make spoken human interaction with computers possible, using speech recognition to understand spoken commands and questions in natural language, and typically text to speech to play a reply. They are the primary way of interacting with virtual assistants on smartphones and smart speakers.

Difficult to miss Hey Google for example at CES this year. Besides Hey Google, there is OK Google and Google Allo. Google announces major automotive partnership with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to integrate its Android System into their future cars. Let’s bet that their Vocal Driving Assistant will be in the deal.

Android car

Amazon wishes putting Alexa into every car with Echo Auto. Anyway, Amazon Alexa Automotive and Here Technologies partnershiped for giving voice to car navigation.

Nuance is the pure player of this domain and showed this year an impressive new release of their Dragon Drive that brings the connected car to life through a natural language voice interface.

IBM Watson Assistant for Connected Vehicles is a digital assistant designed to enhance in-vehicle experiences, helping the automotive industry better understand and interact with drivers and passengers.

Vocal Driver Assistant
 

On the Pionner Booth, was demonstrated a Proactive Telematics product on smartphone with a beacon, and also a dashcam. Those 2 products send to driver vocal alerts before difficult ans dangerous situations and allow then to avoid accidents. Another way to assist driver (the Vocal Driving Assistant that can save your life).

Pioneer
 

AUTONOMOUS PODS & SHUTTLES

 

Most of the Autonomous Vehicle presented to CES were manufacturers or tier one companies intentions for future or stylish Demo Car. Besides, future seems to be moving away year by year, full autonomy will be difficult to reach most professional say.
The French Milla Group showed their electric Mobility POD and claims to be not only a prototype, but ready for different use cases: cities, industrial sites, University campuses, gated communities and resorts, at the commercial speed of 19Mph / 30Kmh with a price target compatible with massive deployment.

Note : Milla Group is member of the MOVEO ADAS Groupe through their subsidiary ISFM. One can notice that MOVEO ADAS Group had an incredible presence at this CES 2019.

NB : ce serait pas mal de mettre une photo de face de MILLA parce que là on ne voit pas grand chose

CES pods
 

FRENCH TECH
 

CES pods
 

Business France has brought together 26 high-tech companies, including NEXYAD, in the French Tech pavilion on Central Plaza, beside Here Technologies, Google, Faurecia, Valeo, etc… Half of those companies are members of ADAS Groupement, SME’s cluster inside larger competitiveness cluster MOVEO for Normandy and Paris area. ADAS Groupement offers numerous competences, services and products: EcoGyzer, eVA, I-Deep, LeddarCore, LeddarVu, Magic Vision CMOS, NeuroRBF, NSWeight, ObstaNex, Roadnex, RTMaps, SafetyNex, VisiNex, Widy Vision, Y-Konnect, 4DV-SIM, etc
Sherpa Engineering‘s mission is to support its customers in the deployment of methodologies tooled by models to design and validate piloted systems.
Intempora has developed RT-Maps for synchronizing and processing real-time data streams, and I-Deep a web-based application server for automating your algorithms test and validation procedures.
Yogoko is an industry-leading communication solutions provider for the connected, cooperative & autonomous vehicles (CCAV) evolving in intelligent environments, their target markets are transport & mobility players: autonomous vehicle manufacturers, legacy automotive OEM and Tier1, for intelligent mobility solutions developer and integrators.
Milla Group made the world premiere presentation of electric Mobility POD visible in the Pavillon. It was the big attraction of the pavilion. Mobility POD integrates Nexyad computer vision software modules RoadNex and soon ObstaNex and VisiNex and also SafetyNex on the top of the autonomous driving system to control Driving risk at each moment in real time.
– NEXYAD is the reference worldwide for risk driving computing, onboard, in real time, at each moment : what is the risk that driver (human or not) is currently taking. See LINK
Geoflex allows to give a very appreciable accuracy to gnss (less than a meter) only with software, using a hundred antenna distributed on the globe.
Benomad provides traditional GPS Navigation, EV Navigation, Intelligent Navigation for Collection Services, Mapping Services and Mapping SDK and Navigation API. NEXYAD API SafetyNex integrates the SDK of Benomad.

 

Luc Chatel & Gérard Yahiaoui
Luc Chatel president of PFA (Plateforme Française Automobile) , former french minister, and and Gerard Yahiaoui Nexyad CEO, discussing about the importance of real time driving risk computing for road safety improvement

 

Autonomous Driving from Level 3 to Level 5

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AUTONOMOUS DRIVING SYSTEMS : CONTINUITY VS DISCRETE

The problem of autonomous Driving systems can be explained this way : engineers apply a “scenario-based method”. They cross characteristics of Driving situations and find an appropriate answer to every crossing. This work is very complex, because it involves “dynamics and time”. And if you try it for a demo, it works …
The question is “how can you validate that it actually works all the time ?”.
Yes if you want to let human driver quit the situation monitoring task to do something else, it seems to be a key question ? With a DISCRETE method such as the scenario approach it is obvious that you simply cannot answer this question. This is why NEXYAD proposed to use their real time driving risk computing API SafetyNex to build an ADAPTIVE Autonomous Driving System as an added layer to existing system : in the “holes” between crossings , the risk is still assessed (20 times per second) and you can then apply a continuous method : i.e. “when risk rises too much then slightly slow down and check is risk decreases. NEXYAD is currently helping valuable teams to do it and GO TO LEVEL 5.
We may do that quicker than most people think.

Adapatative Closed loop for AD