Announcement of Partnership HERE & NEXYAD

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #33, July 13th, 2021

 

Announcement of Partnership HERE & NEXYAD

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– Press Release on HERE & NEXYAD Partnership

– Nexyad CEO interview on Mobility TV 

– Press about Nexyad

– Dreamotor One, the Nexyad project of demo car

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

This month of July 2021 is particularly positive for NEXYAD since the company HERE Technologies has just announced our partnership. HERE posted a press release on its website, presenting the cognitive AI of NEXYAD, for the aggregation of all the data available on board a vehicle, and the estimation, 20 times per second, of the level of prudence of driving in view of the context.

See: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation, cognitive artificial intelligence | HERE

From this assessment, we deduce the risk of driving, and the maximum speed at any time, which guarantees sufficient caution. The applications of this AI are numerous:

 
  • for fleets and insurance, in aftermarket, it is on the one hand to be proactive, to coach the driver during the journey to avoid at least 25% of accidents (smartphone app, telematics box, dashcam)
  • for new vehicles, there is of course the same safety coach application, but in addition, predictive ACC (a system that automatically manages the speed of the vehicle depending on the context, for example which slows down when approaching a intersection, or slowing down in a narrow street where kids play football on the sidewalk, like good drivers do), and the autonomous vehicle “aware” of the risk it is taking. Today, our AI takes advantage of very high quality maps from HERE Technologies, which improves the quality of our assessment of prudence and risk. This partnership heralds applications around the world, with ambitious global deployment.

 

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Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety
with next generation, cognitive artificial intelligence

 

 

• Nexyad aggregates extensive data sources in a vehicle, including HERE data, in real time to assess driving behaviour given the surrounding context
• Based on this assessment, Nexyad recommends a maximum speed and delivers a driving score
• Nexyad’s technology is already being used by Brightmile in the UK, Montbleu in India and Milla in France

July 6, 2021

Paris and Amsterdam – Nexyad, the embedded, real-time platform for aggregating on-board data, and HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform, are now working together to apply cognitive AI to road safety.

On-board data

Nexyad uses cognitive AI to aggregate extensive data sources in a vehicle in real time and interprets them to assess whether a certain driving behaviour is appropriate given the surrounding context. Nexyad’s assessment, that can easily be delivered to a driver via a mobile phone, can be calculated from four sets of data only: HERE map, Global Navigation Satellite System, electronic horizon and acceleration. Nexyad’s platform is also scalable and can aggregate data from Advanced Driving Assistant Systems (ADAS) sensors to include camera, radar and lidar, weather (visibility and temperature), and traffic data.

Maximum speed recommended for a specific vehicle at a specific time

Nexyad’s real-time data aggregation platform provides two output values 20 times every second: the lack of caution of the driver and the maximum speed recommended given the road conditions – legal speed limit, road roughness, topography of the road, weather, and traffic. Nexyad bases its analysis on several thousand road accident reports, using a set of rules from modern hybrid AI which includes knowledge-based systems, deep learning, neural gas, PAC (Possibly Approximatively Correct) learning, game theory, reinforcement learning, possibility theory and fuzzy logic.

By recommending a “maximum cautious speed” based on real-time data and context-specific to every single vehicle, driver and driving environment, Nexyad’s approach goes much further than the European requirement for vehicles to be aware of the legal speed limit on each road segment (Intelligent Speed Assist). Nexyad’s safety coach called SafetyNex acts as a true co-pilot for the driver as it provides real-time guidance so as to anticipate possible emergency situations ahead that may lead to an accident. This proactive coaching activates while driving and has been demonstrated to reduce accident rates by at least 25% (Impact assessment on road accident rate reduction of NEXYAD cognitive AI SafetyNex, available on demand).

A risk score for drivers and autonomous shuttles

Nexyad provides drivers with a score that reflects the risk associated with their driving behavior. Nexyad’s platform is being used by insurers to provide recommendations to drivers and generate a risk profile. For example, Brightmile, a start-up incubated by Kamet, AXA’s insurer tech studio, is using Nexyad’s SafetyNex software as one of the parameters of their smartphone-based telematics solutions for fleets. India’s Montbleu also relies on Nexyad’s SafetyNex for its smartphone-based app ‘ROAD-Drive it Safe’. Milla, the French autonomous electric shuttle, uses SafetyNex to adapt vehicle speeds according to driving conditions and alerts the service operator (on-board and/or off-board) to take appropriate action when the level of risk is estimated too high.

Nexyad has started to integrate the HERE HD Live Map to provide OEMs with Predictive Automotive Cruise Control services whereby appropriate speeds are not only being recommended but automatically implemented. Moving forward, connected vehicles will use SafetyNex to assess the level of caution of their own driving and will be able to adopt the appropriate speed even in unknown road conditions.

“We found that the maps from HERE are accurate to the centimetre and constantly updated to the second. Every detail counts for us – the topography of the road, the exact positioning of the crossing, the location of a school. With our mission being to save lives, we cannot settle for anything less than the best,” says Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad.

“Nexyad’s SafetyNex software is one of a kind – not only does it provide a score for the lack of caution of the driver, based on the environment in real time, it also recommends an appropriate driving speed. This is the future for Predictive Automotive Cruise Control systems, insurers and autonomous vehicles,” says Gilles Martinelli, Director of Automotive at HERE Technologies. Demos of Nexyad’s safety coach SafetyNext can be found here and here.

Media Contacts

Adrianne Montgobert
+49 151 72 11 67 81
adrianne.montgobert@here.com

Gerard Yahiaoui
gyahiaoui@nexyad.net

About HERE Technologies
HERE, a location data and technology platform, moves people, businesses and cities forward by harnessing the power of location. By leveraging our open platform, we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, please visit here.com and 360.here.com

About Nexyad
Nexyad is a Paris-based AI start-up founded by former professors and researchers of AI and applied maths, specialized in road safety. We propose a unique next generation hybrid cognitive AI that improves road safety, avoids emergency situations and road accidents, and saves lives. We help our customers integrate our technology into their valuable products for insurance & fleets, for automotive Safety Coach or Predictive ACC, and for Autonomous Vehicles « aware » of their level of caution in driving regardingcontext and able to adapt to unknown situations to keep caution level high enough.

See press release

 

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NEXYAD CEO Interview about OASIS Project at Mobility TV

 

Mobility TV – OASIS, when data improves road safety

When data, artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity improve road safety, that is the goal of the OASIS project. Fruit of the cross collaboration of 3 French SMEs, each expert in their field. A collaboration made possible thanks to the NextMove competitiveness cluster. An interview conducted by Pierre de Vilno, with Marc Charlet director at NextMove, Frédéric Mathis CEO of MILLA Group, Thierry Ernst CEO of YoGoKo, and Gérard Yahiaoui CEO of Nexyad.

   

 

Mobility TV – OASIS, quand les data améliorent la sécurité routière

Quand les données, l’intelligence artificielle et la connectivité entre véhicules améliorent la sécurité routière, c’est l’objectif du projet OASIS. Fruit de la collaboration croisée de 3 PME françaises expertes chacune dans leur domaine. Une collaboration rendue possible grâce au pôle de compétitivité NextMove. Une interview conduite par Pierre de Vilno, avec Marc Charlet Directeur Général de NextMove, Frédéric Mathis PDG de MILLA Group, Thierry Ernst PDG de YoGoKo, et Gérard Yahiaoui PDG de Nexyad. See the original video

 

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Press about Nexyad

 

Read article

 

Links to different news about Nexyad in world media :

Automotive world: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation cognitive artificial intelligence

Traffic Technology Today: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation cognitive artificial intelligence

DécryptaGéo: Nexyad et HERE améliorent la sécurité routière grâce à l’intelligence artificielle cognitive

Nexyad和HERE合作 通过下一代认知AI提高车辆安全性

Auto Innovations: Nexyad et HERE améliorent la sécurité routière grâce à l’intelligence artificielle cognitive

Industrie Mag: Nexyad et HERE améliorent la sécurité routière grâce à l’IA cognitive

AI Authority: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation cognitive artificial intelligence  

TU Auto: HERE claims next gen cognitive ai for driver rating

Autonomous vehicle international: Nexyad and HERE partner on next generation cognitive artificial intelligence

National Computrade News: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation cognitive artificial intelligence

Telematics News: Nexyad and HERE improve vehicle safety with next generation cognitive artificial intelligence

Nexyad和HERE通过认知AI改善道路安全

 

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Dreamotor One, the Nexyad project of demo car

 

Nexyad launchs Dreamotor One a demo car that will demonstrate excellence and innovations of SMEs and startups embarking testers in real situations on open roads around Congresses and events about Automated Driving, and Connected Mobility in all Europe.

In France, Nexyad signed a partnership with Nextmove Demo ICIM project that will show the vehicle on all events the  cluster is involved with.

The values promoted by Dreamotor One are Electric Mobility, Road Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Ecology & Environment, Startups & SMEs.

 

Nexyad will integrate its cognitive AI which aggregates all the data available on board and which calculates 20 times per second: (unique features in real time, making it possible to correct driving behavior with anticipation, to avoid emergency situations, and by way of consequence, accidents).

  • The “safety coach” in manual driving: Nexyad’s AI is used informatively to coach the driver while driving, by offering anticipatory actions in order to avoid potential emergency situations as much as possible
  • “Predictive ACC” (driving delegation, by pressing an ACC button): the vehicle manages its speed automatically to remain cautious. This mode is automatically disengaged if the driver acts on the vehicle. allows to control an ACC which becomes predictive (slows down before difficulties to help the driver)
  • The vehicle can prove its level of caution at any time when it is delegated to drive

We encourage Startups and SMEs interested to contact us in order to put their high valuable technologies in the Dreamotor One.

Safety Coach for car manufacturers

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #32, June 8th, 2021

 

Safety Coach for car manufacturers

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– Safety Coach for car manufacturers by SafetyNex NEXYAD

– Article and Video “Oasis is a total and integrated vision of road safety” by l’Automobile & l’Entreprise 

– NEXYAD CEO interview on top french RADIO Europe 1

– The JournalAuto.com discussing on government ordinances regarding Autonomous Vehicle data

– The Independant News Company foodnewstoday24 takls about OASIS  Project

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

NEXYAD has developed a unique cognitive AI platform that aggregates all available sources on board a vehicle, in real time during the trip. In particular it aggregates : digital map, electronic horizon, GNSS, accel, jerk, speed, diagnostics at the output of ADAS sensors (camera, radar, lidar, …) with detection of pedestrians, cars, truck etc, driver monitoring, V2X hazard warnings. This data aggregation technology is called SafetyNex. In real time, and while driving, 20 times per second, SafetyNex calculates:
. the level of driving caution in view of the context
. the contextualized level of lack of prudence called driving risk
. the maximum speed not to be exceeded to guarantee a good level of caution knowing the context
After deploying this data aggregation AI on aftermarket products for fleets and insurers (dashcam, telematics device, smartphone app), we are starting integrations for OEMs in vehicle projects.
Our AI architecture is what Silicon Valley experts use to call « hybrid next generation » AI.

The 3 typical applications are to date:
. the Safety Coach, copied from the fleet and insurance applications, but with more input data because it is integrated directly into the vehicle. Alerts inform driver before potential difficulties that it would be good to slow down a little (for instance). This avoids the major part of emergency situations (the nit avoids accident) and improves comfort and «zero stress» experience.

 

. the Intelligent ACC, which modulates the speed of the vehicle, including in dense urban areas, in order to guarantee a given level of caution. Every time that driving risk could rise because unsafe acts are detected in driving behavior, the car modulates its speed to stay in the « green zone ». Again, mitigating risk (driving in a cautious way) minimizes occurrence of emergency situations that may lead to accident, and then minimizes occurrence of emergency quick reflexes of the car (e.g. AEB) that are not good for comfort.
. the Autonomous Driving system controller which informs the autonomous vehicle at all times of the risk it is taking in order to allow AV to adapt and guarantee an acceptable level of caution, including in new and unknown situations

This entering in the automotive market is a second step for NEXYAD that has worked for 20 years to design, develop, perfect, and industrialize this hybrid cognitive AI. Together we will prevent more traffic accidents and save more lives.

                                                                     Gerard Yahiaoui, NEXYAD CEO

 

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The Safety Coach Application for car manufacturers by SafetyNex NEXYAD

 

SafetyNex is the first and unique on-board hybrid AI platform that aggregates in real time all the data available on board (static as dynamic) in the vehicle and calculates 20 times per second a level of caution, a value of driving risk, to deliver alerts, the maximum speed not to be exceeded in order to remain cautious, given the driving context (here and now).

The « Safety Coach » application is a variation of SafetyNex integrated into the vehicle and which benefits from the available input data (automotive quality). HMIs can, of course, differ from one OEM to another. The common thread is that they are proactive safety coaches: coaching takes place during the trip, a few seconds before potential difficulties, and advises the driver to slow down (for example), instead of doing so after the trip.

Important: this does not prevent the application from offering a debriefing after the trip which is suitable for professional drivers, as well as for privates. In the image below, we can see the value of the risk of a trip (level of lack of caution). As our risk scale has been calibrated with road safety experts from 19 countries, 95% of global accidents happen between 90% and 100% risk taking.

 

Proactivity of the Safety Coach

The Safety Coach is proactive, he doesn’t just send summaries, he interacts in real time (HMI to be developed as part of an OEM application, one of the avenues being integration into the navigation system): when the driver crosses the value 90%, it is important to alert it. This alert (red) is not an emergency alert, it is an anticipatory alert ultimately expressing « you are being reckless ».

The driver then has time to take his/her foot off the accelerator (in general), and to return to safe driving, without stress and without loss of comfort. In doing so, it decreases the bad luck of finding itself in an emergency situation that would trigger safety ADAS (such as emergency braking, for example). You can see a yellow-orange line called « yellow alert » or « orange alert ». We recommend leaving the setting of this alert in the hand of the driver: if the driver feels reassured by « talkative » assistance, then he will descend the yellow line. If, on the contrary, the driver does not like interfaces that interact too much with him, he will set the line high enough. In the latter case of adjustment, we can for example place the yellow line at 80%, which makes it possible to be alerted just before the red threshold of 90% and thus avoid exceeding it.

Behavioral coaching and profiling

At the end of the trip, our Safety Coach offers statistics returned to the driver, which is complementary to proactive coaching. These data make it possible to comprehensively assess the behavior and the nature of driving: it is the driver’s signature.

Our technology calculates a detailed signature that we restore in a summary, partial and synthetic way, with a « gamming » aspect.

For example: (case of a real test run in Normandy).

An overall safe driving score.

We developed this rating with our panel of 3,500 testers: it varies analogicaly with the level of caution. We have tried a lot of settings, and have opted for a rating that always gives the impression of being rather high, even if we only win « cups » (bronze – silver – gold) from 92% (out of 100%).  

Safety Coach and gamification

In order for the driver to want to play, he must be able to “win”. We have added a “facebook” button to our demo app: a sentence is automatically published on the user’s facebook (if they have accepted the connection), and only when the driver has won a cup: “I am a safe driver, today I won the bronze cup on a trip with the SafetyNex road safety tool ”. This part is there to suggest “gamification” or even incentive ideas to OEMs. An interesting incentive is the voucher at the car manufacturer brand’s store.

Safety Coach trip data

Also on our demo app (which is made to give ideas), we also offer the following data:

Driver knowledge

We are the only ones to offer this data:

  • the safe driving score is the one displayed on the « cup » page
  • anticipation is the driver’s ability to generate red alerts as little as possible
  • the self-confidence expressed on a trip depends on the most frequent level of risk: if the driver regulates his risk around 60% he has expressed greater self-confidence than that of a driver who has regulated his risk around 50 %.
  • driving skills: which represents the ability of a driver to reproduce his risk-taking identically throughout the trip. It is then easy to distinguish a pilot from a novice driver.

Tips for improving

Then, we propose a view of the risk on the duration of the trip:

The driver can visualize when he exceeded the yellow /orange threshold, and also threshold for red alerts, and what the difficulties were in front of the vehicle.

Finally, we give the driver a detailed coaching sentence:

This coaching phrase is “scalable” depending on the number of different variables that we want to be able to generate and the desired level of detail:

  • the safe driving score
  • the anticipation score
  • the self-confidence
  • the driving skills score
  • the types of infrastructure that gave rise to an alert,
  • etc…

The processing of the above variables makes it possible to generate approximately 1.000 different sentences, and if we decide to generate 3 equivalent sentences (different formatting but same coaching) per case, we then have 3.000 sentences: this gives the feeling to the driver that vehicle is “talking to him”. The “robot” effect is completely erased. We noted during our panel test that this is very important for the experience of the user who does not like to find the same advice.

 

 

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Article and Video “Oasis is a total and integrated vision of road safety”
by L’Automobile & L’Entreprise

 

“Président de Nexyad, qui a développé une IA cognitive globale, Gérard Yahiaoui nous présente le projet Oasis qui réunit aussi Yogoko, spécialiste des télécoms appliqués à la sécurité, et Milla Group, qui développe des navettes autonomes de dernière génération. Vers la fin des accidents ?”
“Toujours aussi brillant et pédagogue, Gérard Yahiaoui nous explique les détails du projet Oasis qui s’est formé dans le cadre de Nextmove (ex Mov’eo) : « Il faut le souligner car Nextmove est pleinement dans son rôle en créant des échanges entre des entreprises aux expertises variées et en faisant naître des projets ».
CEO of Nexyad, which has developed a global cognitive AI, Gérard Yahiaoui presents the Oasis project, which also brings together Yogoko, a specialist in telecommunications applied to safety, and Milla Group, which develops the latest generation of autonomous shuttles. Towards the end of accidents?
“Always brilliant and pedagogue, Gérard Yahiaoui explains the details of Oasis project which was formed as part of Nextmove (ex Mov’eo):“This must be emphasized because Nextmove is fully in its role by creating exchanges between companies with varied expertise and by giving birth to projects.”  
Source et suite de l’article
 

 

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NEXYAD CEO interview on top french RADIO Europe 1

 

Trois PME françaises élaborent une voiture capable d’anticiper les risques de la route.

Trois PME françaises spécialisées dans l’automobile du future et l’intelligence artificielle cherchent à développer un programme capable d’analyser la qualité des routes, les conditions de trafic et les comportements des conducteurs afin d’anticiper la conduite à adopter et prévenir ainsi les accidents de la route.

Three French SMEs are developing a car capable of anticipating the risks on roads.

Three French SMEs specializing in the automobile of the future and Artificial Intelligence are seeking to develop a program capable of analyzing the quality of roads, traffic conditions and driver behavior in order to anticipate the behavior to be adopted and thus prevent road accidents.
 

Trois PME françaises élaborent une voiture capable d’anticiper les risques de la route (europe1.fr)

 

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The JournalAuto.com discussing on government ordinances regarding Autonomous Vehicle data

 

Données des véhicules : Nexyad salue les ordonnances gouvernementales

La prise de position du ministère des Transports et de la Transition écologique a été reçue favorablement par Nexyad. Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO de Nexyad, parle de la fin d’une omerta sur les données, mais appelle à plus de précisions. C’est un petit pas pour le véhicule autonome, mais c’est un grand pas pour le législateur. “Le texte ne va pas assez loin, mais il va dans le bon sens“, a commenté Gérard Yahiaoui, le fondateur et CEO de Nexyad. Interrogé sur la portée des ordonnances annoncées la semaine passée par le ministère des Transports et de la Transition écologique qui comprend un volet sur le véhicule autonome, celui qui assure par ailleurs la vice-présidence de NextMove (ex-Pôle Mov’eo) en Ile-de-France a salué la volonté de “casser l’omerta des datas” tout en précisant qu’il reste à définir un cadre clair. “Nous sommes encore limités dans l’accès aux données qui permettent de nourrir l’intelligence artificielle et ce, parfois, pour de bonnes raisons, a rappelé Gérard Yahiaoui. Mais nos concurrents américains et chinois vont vite et il faut trouver un équilibre entre l’éthique …”  

Vehicle data: Nexyad welcomes government orders

The position taken by the Ministry of Transport and Ecological Transition was favorably received by Nexyad. Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad, talks about the end of a data omerta, but calls for more details. This is a small step for the autonomous vehicle, but it is a big step for the legislator. “The text does not go far enough, but it goes in the right direction,” commented Gérard Yahiaoui, founder and CEO of Nexyad. Asked about the scope of the ordinances announced last week by the Ministry of Transport and Ecological Transition which includes a component on the autonomous vehicle, the one which also ensures the vice-presidency of French research cluster NextMove (ex-Pôle Mov’eo) in Ile -de-France welcomed the desire to “break the omerta of data” while specifying that a clear framework remains to be defined. “We are still limited in access to the data that feeds artificial intelligence, sometimes for good reasons,” said Gérard Yahiaoui. But our American and Chinese competitors are going fast and we have to find a balance between ethics … “

Lire la suite sur le JournalAuto

  Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO de Nexyad et VP de NextMove Ile de France
 

 

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The Independant News Company foodnewstoday24 talks about OASIS Project

Three French SMEs specializing in the automobile of the future and artificial intelligence are seeking to develop a program capable of analyzing the quality of roads, traffic conditions and driver behavior in order to anticipate the behavior to be adopted and thus prevent accidents. road accidents.
Read more on foodnewstoday24.com

NEXYAD is Deploying AI for Road Safety

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #31, April 5th, 2021

 

Nexyad is Deploying Artificial Intelligence for Road Safety

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– Nexyad’s Customer Testimony 

– Nexyad Change Logo 

– OASIS Project with MillaGroup, YoGoKo and Nexyad

– SafetyNex AI Technology for Driving Coach and Predictive ACC

– Intelligent & Predictive ACC with SafetyNex

– Road Safety Digital MAPS using Risk Data from SafetyNex

– They talk about Nexyad

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 


 

Hello,

Despite the economic situation due to Covid-19, Nexyad is on a ramp up in this beginning of the year. We continue pushing innovation for our customers and partners.
We are a deep tech team. We propose on-board embedded real time artificial intelligence software modules for a better road safety.
Our AI modules:
. work in the real world
. already have strong customers references
. run in standard hardware architectures (from smartphones to car computers)
. can generate valuable data for customers, some generated data are geolocated and may enhance maps power for safe mobility.
We serve our customers with a high level of involvement, quality, reliability, reactivity, and performance.
We will always be there to help you making roads safer for everyone.

We Save Lives

 

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NEXYAD’s Customer Testimony

 

“We have integrated NEXYAD technology into our smartphone App BRIGHTMILE for insurers and fleets and our App reduces accident rate by 25-35% through its worldwide deployment in more than 50 countries.”
Dominic Saunders, CEO of BRIGHTMILE

 

 

CEO of NEXYAD (left) and CEO of BRIGHTMILE (right): a handshake to save lives

 

 

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NEXYAD Change Logo

 

 

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MillaGroup, Yogoko and Nexyad Launch OASIS Project

 

MillaGroup, Yogoko and Nexyad launch OASIS project with driver assistance solution for everyone

French excellence for a decisive step towards road safety autonomous vehicles.

Meudon, February 2021 – MillaGroup, Nexyad and YoGoKo launch the project in partnership OASIS (cOoperative Assistance System In Safe road), which announces new technological advances around cooperative driving assistance systems for all. The OASIS project proposes to develop and integrate new enhanced driving assistance features, based on an innovative data fusion solution. The data comes from V2X communications, driving risk assessment, and predictive collision estimation.

Although the number of accidents decreases each year in France, more than a third of fatal accidents are linked to a collision. Today, cooperative ADAS solutions integrate data related to the human factor and driver inattention. The implementation of these driving aids (ADAS) takes into account the concept of risk. In driving, 75% of the risk is linked to inappropriate driver behavior, linked to road and urban infrastructure.

The technology developed within the partnership is based on Nexyad’s expertise and knowledge of road risks. Safetynex is a data aggregation software module that detects 20 times per second any lack of caution (also called risk of driving) in driving behavior in view of the road context. Integrated into a real-time on-board AI, the solution makes the vehicle smarter and teaches it to anticipate certain situations, such as by slowing down preventively. Combining the Y-CONNECT solution with Y-SMART communication technology from YoGoKo increases the perception of the vehicle’s environment. YoGoKo combines V2X communications between vehicles and with the road infrastructure with the collision risk calculations related to road behavior offered by Nexyad.

 

The OASIS project offers a global vision of road safety, deployed in marketed vehicles. This is experienced on the autonomous shuttles produced by MillaGroup. MillaGroup is a mobility provider offering on-demand and multimodal transport solutions (for people and goods) in rural and peri-urban areas. Since 2019, MILLA POD shuttles have been running on an open road every day at a speed of 30 km/h in autonomous mode.

This combination of expertise in the area of risk management with Nexyad, connectivity with YoGoKo and vehicles deployment by MillaGroup will allow, among other things, an autonomous vehicle to drive thru an intersection with low visibility and priorities.

Thus, the OASIS project brings new perspectives in response to the needs of improving road safety and increasing the perception of the vehicle’s environment. The system deployed, with risk traceability, takes into account the legal aspect and will make it possible to dispel the debate on liability in the event of an accident:

– an assessment of driver behavior based on risk

– improved predictive ACC and AD systems “aware” of the risk they are taking, and able to prove their level of caution at all times (in response to legal and insurance questions)

– a new collision warning

– a smarter predictive AEB

Whether it is for the detection of lack of caution, dangerous situations, or emergency situations, road safety is integrated. This decompart- mentalised approach is completely innovative compared to the segmented approach by “use case” of the automobile. A system vision that must bring rapid progress in road safety, and on a larger scale respond to societal challenges.

 

 

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SafetyNex AI Technology for Driving Coach and Predictive ACC

 

 
When you look at this video, imagine that information pasted by our module SafetyNex are inputs to your digital driving coach and your predictive ACC: easy to integrate and efficient
 
 



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Intelligent & Predictive ACC with SafetyNex

 

how to make ACC automatically follow rules of the road (slightly slow down before an intersection, etc.) without long and complex development?

New developments are starting up everywhere to make ACCs smarter, which could, for example, automatically slow down slightly before an intersection, and then pick up the speed of initial cruise. The whole question is: when should the vehicle be made to slow down? crossing? turn ? school zone ? roundabout ? pedestrian zone ? pedestrian crossing? Traffic light ? stop sign ? give way ? etc.
And how to deal with the whole combination of these simple cases? (school located behind a bend with an intersection at left…).
And if we have to slow down, when? of how much ? with what speed profile?
Finally, to sum up, the idea is to make ACC follow the rules of the road so that it modulates vehicle speed exactly as a driver should do on license day.
The combination of cases is huge. NEXYAD provides an elegant, reliable, efficient and very simple solution to integrate into a vehicle, which resolves all the simple cases and all their combinations. The modification to be made to a regular  ACC system is minimal and formal proof of safety (SIL) is very simple to do.
Indeed, NEXYAD has carried out research and development in AI for more than 20 years on road safety. and now offers a real-time on-board software module called SafetyNex.
SafetyNex permanently monitors both driving behavior (speed, accel) and driving context (in particular complexity of the infrastructure, via the navigation map).

  At every moment, SafetyNex detects any mismatch between driving behavior and driving context. Such a mismatch is interpreted as a lack of caution, and the degree of lack of caution is called “Driving risk”: this is the risk taken by the driver (human, human assisted by robots, or AD system).
The higher the risk, the greater the number of emergency situations encountered by the vehicle. Conversely, the lower the risk, the lower the number of emergencies statistically encountered.
Note : do not confuse the “driving risk” as defined above with criticality (probability of interpretation of trajectories, time to collision, etc.), the two concepts coexisting in road safety systems.
For a given driving context, the driving risk depends ONLY on the speed profile of the vehicle approaching a potential singularity of infratructure.
It then becomes clear that by regulating the speed we can keep the risk of driving below a maximum accepted value. SafetyNex is then used to define the setpoint speed value Vr (at each instant) which makes it possible to guarantee that we never exceed the maximum accepted.
On the other hand, any current ACC already defines a speed setpoint Vo.
By simply taking as the new speed setpoint the smaller of these two speeds, we obtain directly and without any further development, a vehicle that slows down before intersections (for example) with the “Good” speed profile which guarantees safe driving.
This simple, validated, efficient, and quick to integrate system is currently being integrated by OEMs with support by NEXYAD.

Contact us for more details.

 

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Road Safety Digital MAPS using Risk Data from SafetyNex

. Record into map layers the geolocated setpoint speed not to exceed in order to stay under a driving risk (lack of caution) of X%

. Deploy road safety alerts on smartphones and telematics devices without computing power (only reading the map)

. Deploy easy to develop Apps for insurers and fleets

. Deploy vehicle intelligent ACC at very low cost without computing power onboard

. Make your map THE map of reference for any mobility application (any market)

 



Contact us for more details.

 

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They Talk about NEXYAD













By Laurent MEILLAUD
Journalist, Automotive Expert
Read more on the Blog:
http://voituredufutur.blogspot.com/2021/03/oasis-des-aides-la-conduite-plus.html

 

(Extract)

“La technologie développée au sein du partenariat s’appuie sur l’expertise de Nexyad et sa connaissance des risques routiers. SafetyNex est un module logiciel d’agrégation de données qui détecte 20 fois par seconde tout mande de prudence (appelé aussi risque de conduite) dans le comportement de conduite et en fonction du contexte de circulation. Intégrée dans une IA temps réel embarquée, la solution rend le véhicule plus intelligent et lui apprend à anticiper certaines situations, comme par exemple en ralentissant de manière préventive.

Pour rendre ce module encore plus performant, l’idée est donc d’y associer la technologie de communication Y-SMART de YoGoKo. Cela permet d’augmenter la perception de l’environnement du véhicule. YoGoKo associe les communications V2X réalisées entre véhicules et avec l’infrastructure routière aux calculs de risques de collisions liés au comportement routier proposés par Nexyad.

Le projet OASIS est expérimenté sur les navettes autonomes produites par MillaGroup (un acteur dont j’ai déjà parlé sur ce blog). Depuis 2019, les navettes MILLAPOD circulent tous les jours sur route ouverte à la vitesse de 30km/h en mode autonome.

 

We Save Lives

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Artificial Intelligence and Road Safety

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #30, September 14th, 2020

 

Artificial Intelligence and Road Safety

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– Why do we develop real time hybrid Artificial Intelligence for road safety

– OTN and Nexyad join forces in a strategic partnership for active rail safety

– SafetyNex Integrator BRIGHTMILE unveils partnership with AXA Insurance

– RoadNex Off Road Drivable Surface detection

– Hazard, Criticality, and Risk in Road Safety ?

– Gathering Computer Vision Detection with Prediction and Risk Assessment: This is what we do!

– SafetyNex: ADAS for Road Safety Using Map

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

Hello,

The world is going through an unprecedented crisis and more than ever it is innovation that will allow industries to take advantage of the opportunities created by destabilization of markets. In this context, it is interesting to notice that NEXYAD finds itself at the center of many strategies of automotive industrial groups, rail, and mobility.

NEXYAD’s embedded software modules are intended to be integrated into application software programs and embedded electronic application platforms, and we are now present on several markets:

  •  advanced telematics, which deploys smartphone apps, electronic devices, and dashcams
  •  automotive, which deploys advanced driver assistance systems, and connected vehicle features
  •  public transport, including bus, tram, metro, train, etc.
  •  advanced autonomous vehicle projects
  •  road safety for motorcycles and bicycles

NEXYAD provides computer vision functions:

  • detection of any lack of visibility, with the VisiNex module (lack of visibility is a factor of risk,
    VisiNex detects fog, heavy rain, sand storm, snow storm, lack of lighting, dust on embedded cameras, …)
  • drivable surface detection, with the RoadNex module
  • detection and recognition of objects, obstacles, ‘a la MOBILEYE’, with the ObstaNex module

Note: VisiNex may also be used to automatically adapt parameters of a complex computer vision chain to image quality. This is used by NEXYAD to increase number of use cases where our computer vision modules lead to good performance. And when image quality (measured with SafetyNex) is not enough for any reliable detection, then NEXYAD modules are aware of it, they can end a special output “not applicable” which is very important for sensor fusion stages.

And our  company also strongly deploys its unique real time driving risk assessment* module SafetyNex, validated in terms of metrics, by global insurers, police of road safety,  one autonomous vehicles manufacturer, and major car OEMs. The current and upcoming deployments in the very short term are in Europe, USA, Asia, India, and China. We are proud of the deployments planned by our integrator customers, because it will allow us, through their high-level products, to save lives, which is our mission statement.

SafetyNex is a Knowledge Based System (Hybrid Artificial Intelligence) involving symbolic reasoning) that monitors in real time driving behavior to detect 20 time per second any lack of cautious. This helps not to go to emergency situations, and if ever, with a driving behavior (vehicle speed and accel) that will be adequate to let more time to ADAS systems for their detection, criticality assessment, decision-making, and action.

This is what we call ANTICIPATION skills.

Real time applications of SafetyNex today are:

  • alerting driver through advanced telematics tools (smartphone App, telematics device, dashcam), for fleets and insurers risk management
  • alerting driver through advanced cockpit HMI systems
  • automatically modulating vehicle speed and accel of ACC (Automated Cruise Control)
  • alerting the AI od AD system that risk is rising

*_Risk Assessment shouldn’t be confused with hazard detection or with criticality assessment during emergency situations. Risk is lack of cautious, it is NOT probability of collision,  and it must be assessed permanently during normal driving. (see our article on risk assessment  in the following articles).

We Save Lives

 

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Why do we develop real time hybrid Artificial Intelligence for road safety

 

« We believe that every single Human life on Earth deserves to be saved. We can avoid up to 840 million road accidents and save up to 250 thousand lives per year with Minimum Viable Version of our technology. Road accident is a huge factor of material & resources waste (repair) and pollution/CO2 emissions: by saving lives we also contribute saving the planet. After more then 25 years of high level R&D, we propose today validated onboard AI technology deployed by our customers through easy to use products, for a better road safety »

Check our 1 minute global presentation video :

   

 

 

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OTN and Nexyad join forces in a strategic partnership for active rail safety

 

The companies OTN and Nexyad join forces in a strategic partnership for active rail safety.

Saint Germain en Laye, April 20, 2020 – The company OTN, which develops safety products in the rail sector among others, announces the signature of a partnership with the company Nexyad, specializing in on-board risk assessment of accident, with the aim of developing solutions for predicting and preventing collision risks.

This partnership will significantly improve the performance of current detection systems, by offering a risk detection horizon adapted to the speed of traffic on trams, metros and trains.

This technological contribution will allow rapid migration from simple “detection” to “prediction”, thereby improving the overall safety of users and the environment close to the traffic lanes.

The combination of the skills and experience of our two companies will allow us to quickly develop a high-performance analysis system (images, signals, data) to identify the risks of railway equipment in traffic. After six months spent evaluating the work necessary for the development and adaptation of the algorithms, initially intended for road safety, we are happy that this partnership results in the development of prototypes which we will be able to test in real situation in the short term.

OTN, a company based in Saône et Loire, France, manufactures, designs and markets electrical and electromechanical equipment intended for various advanced markets, including railway.

Nexyad, a company based near Paris, markets a global road safety platform for telematics, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and Autonomous Vehicles, currently adapted to railway focus.

 
 
 

 

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SafetyNex Integrator BRIGHTMILE unveils partnership with AXA Insurance

 

“AXA Insurance is offering the Brightmile app to its fleet customers as a way of supporting safe driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The motor insurer and the tech start-up are partnering on a smartphone telematics solution for fleets, which they are launching during lockdown.”

To reed more: https://www.axa.co.uk/newsroom/media-releases/2020/brightmile-app-for-axa-fleets-during-lockdown/

                                   

 

 

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RoadNex Off Road Drivable Surface Detection

 

   

 

In this demo video, NEXYAD RoadNex algorithmes are challenged with very bad conditions : There is no wheel angle, off road with kind of white gravels, high light thru trees in the darkness of wood which bring lots of shadows on the trail. The result is pretty good the green highlighting shows where the vehicle is able to go!

 

 

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Hazard, Criticality and Risk in Road Safety

 

Meanings of those words are very different and it is very important to distinguish them:

. HAZARD indicates presence of POTENTIAL DANGER: if behind a door there are toxic materials, you write “HAZARD” on the door. But if the operator who opens the door has the appropriate helmet, he/she can do so at no RISK.

. CRITICALITY indicates a measurable level of DANGER. During a road accident, CRITICALITY is measured by “time to collision”, “probability of interception of trajectories”, etc.

. RISK indicates the absence of caution: if you put a glass near the edge of the table, you take a RISK. In this case HAZARD is the edge of the table. If the glass falls, at every moment you can measure CRITICALITY of the situation. If you have good reflexes, you can catch the glass. This is what AEB does for vehicles (ADAS). If you want to avoid breaking the glass without using reflexes, you put the glass away from the edge. In road safety, it’s the same, and NEXYAD has developed a real-time embedded software tool that measures “how far we are from the edge”. Applications are: alert driver, or act automatically on the driving behavior of the vehicle (ACC, Autonomous Driving). thereby improving the overall safety of users and the environment close to the traffic lanes.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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Gathering Computer Vision Detection with Prediction and Risk Assessment:
This is what we do!

 

Because most automotive engineers have no knowledge in Road Safety, they usually do not know that 75% of driving-risk come from a driving behaviour that is inadequate to infrastructure characteristics (geometry of curve, narrowness, pattern of intersection – angles, number of input and output lanes, functionality of infrastructure – pedestrian crossing, school zone, … -, road signs – traffic light, stop sign, …). So they focus on vehicle performance in passive safety (deformation of vehicle during a crash, safety belt, air bag, etc… and active safety, vehicle detection and reflexe : emergency braking (AEB). NEXYAD do not build cars, but as software company, we worked for 20 years with road safety experts and road infrastructure experts on 8 major scientific programs to acquire this specific knowledge. This is why our minimum viable product for road safety can run onboard on a smartphone or any other device, and reduces accident rate by 25% with only a map, accelerometers, and GNSS. This year we can add NEXYAD computer vision modules that bring other risk factors; ObstaNex which brings interdistance and presence of vulrenables, RoadNex which brings size of drivable surface, and VisiNex which detects lacks of visibility. This brings a complete onboard road safety platform: under deployment for telematics (fleets and insurers), ADAS, and Autonomous Vehicle. Available for cars, motorcycles, buses, trucks, trams, and soon for bicycles and other vulnerable mobility systems. It is time to join modernity, and integrate our best technology into your valuable solutions, available everywhere…  

 

 

 

 

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SafetyNex: ADAS for Road Safety Using Map

 

Sometimes, accurate detection both by human perception and by sensors are not enough for road safety. Nexyad has worked on some use cases for which classical ADAS can’t help. So we have developed SafetyNex that reads and analyses the digital map (HERE, TOMTOM, OSM, etc.) in front of the vehicle
(4-5 seconds ahead) as a bird view to anticipate singularities of the road. Then SafetyNex allows to vocally alert drivers when they approach these singularities (curves, intersections, pedestrian crossing, etc…) in order, for them, to reduce speed and to lower risk of accident.   Of course, it is possible to equip vehicles with Adaptative Cruise Control (ACC) to reduce speed automatically before these singularities. As a reminder, road safety studies show that if speed is reduced of 1mph to the right moment, risk of accident is lowered of 4% to 6%. With SafetyNex alerts, drivers have time (at least 4 seconds) to reduce speed far more than 1mph.

 

See 2 use cases below :

 

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NEXYAD at CTS & CES 2020 in Las Vegas

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #29, March 24th, 2020

 

NEXYAD at CTS & CES 2020 in Las Vegas

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– CTS 2020 (Consumer Telematics Show)

– CES 2020 (Consumer Electronics Show)

– Nexyad Quoted in a CNN Article

– Global Road Safety Platform by Nexyad

– Deep Learning Benchmark : Tensor Flow Vs Nexyad Internal Deep Learning Solution

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

                                                                                    

NEXYAD newsletter: our Global Road Safety Platform                                               

Hello,

In these difficult times of COVID19 epidemic, I would first like to wish everyone good health, for themselves and their loved ones. Our company NEXYAD continues its activity, with difficulty because organization of telework in a software development company is a complex security problem, but we achieve the planned deliveries. All our customers still can count on us.

Our company is about to open a new page of its development, with the achievement of our Glogal Road Safety Platform, presented in this newsletter, which allows our customers to develop their own mobility solutions.

Applications of this NEXYAD Global Road Safety Platform are mostly:

  1. Telematics: alerting driver when driving risk is too high avoids 20% of road accidents, which represents a very significant Return On Investment (ROI): 200€ per year per vehicle.
    . for fleets: Risk Management
    . for insurers: Usage Based Inssurance (UBI)

    2. Automotive:

    . we know how to calculate the speed of the vehicle and its acceleration, at all times, which guarantee to stay below an acceptable maximum level of risk. Those car speed and acceleration are the typical inputs of an Automatic Cruise Control (ACC) system;
    . we know how to inform the autonomous vehicle of the risk that it is taking, in real time, Thus allowing it, on the one hand can be used to modulate its behaviour by adapting to new and unknown situations, and on the other hand, to record situations where the risk has risen too high in order to add them to the deep learning databases. NEXYAD technology is a good lead to go from AD systems level 3 to level 5 without increasing the number of sensors and the computing power: human driver doesn’t have all those sensors and can drive safely in complex situations. We propose the same scheme based on anticipation.

Our technology is available for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. This technology is now starting its massive deployment in Europe, USA, Asia and India. We are proud of our customers’ products and solutions that integrate, among other things, our technology. 

We Save Lives

 

 

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CTS 2020

This year, for the first time, Nexyad has attented the Consumer Telematics Show January 6th in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. 

We followed several interesting speeches and round tables during a full day conference with speakers from Roborace, ZF Group, Nissan North America, Veoneer, Ford Motor Company, Karma Automotive, Volvo Car Group, Avis Budget Group, Toyota North America, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Audi, Amazon Web services, and many others.

Finnish companies were well represented on the booths corner :

Vaisala enhances safety, efficiency and decision making through environmental measurement and related services.

Tuxera creates quality-assured software to help to store and do more with data.

Forciot develops advanced IoT sensor solutions for  automotive, logistics and wearable technology sectors.

Flexound Augmented Audio™ adds the sensation of touch to audio-visual listening experience.

Unikie founded in 2015 is a company in software industry that provides  unmatched service and competence.

Vincit designs and engineer software, provides digital services, and products.

Note: the presence of car maker KARMA with a beautiful e-sport sedan (see below).

 

 

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CES 2020

View of Central Plaza at LVCC

For the third consecutive time, Nexyad took his quarter at Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Plaza into French Fab Pavillon just beside Faurecia and not far from Here Technologies and Google.

 

Inside this French Fab Pavillon, some SMEs of high technology received lots of visitors, prospects and customers. 

Actronika develop human-machine interface solutions using patented haptic technology.
Humans are born to touch in order to form relationships, to learn, and to be engaged with environment. Faced with an ever-digitizing world, this company made it as mission to re-engage people with tangible, material experiences.
Their hardware and software make that possible.

Since 2002, Benomad have been designing, developing and marketing mapping and navigation software tailored to helping companies manage their mobile resources as effectively as possible: Business and consumer navigation application; Mapping services with simple and low cost fleet management; Integration tools like mapping SDK and Navigation API, etc.

Eldim was born in 1992, its engineering teams has acquired a high knowledge in the optical analysis of angular properties of the light in transmissive and reflective mode. They develop and manufacture: Fourier optics viewing; angle systems; video photometers, colorimeters and temporal analysis systems; viewing NIR characterization sources and turn-key inspection systems.

Since 2012, Geoflex provides accuracy, continuity and integrity on radionavigation satellites measurements. Its partnership with CNES (French national center for space studies) allowed to industrialize and commercialize the PPP-CNES technology consisting to model and estimate in real time all the different errors affecting GNSS measurements, in order to add value in the fields of positioning and navigation, precise timing and meteorological forecast model.

Prove & Run was created with the idea that large-scale deployments of connected objects is an attractive target for remote cyberattacks and that the solutions used in the mobile industry are not sufficient to answer to the challenge. They provide cost-effective, highly secure, off-the-shelf TEEs and hypervisors that dramatically improve the level of security of connected systems.

SBG Systems designs, manufactures and market a complete line of inertial sensors based on the state-of-the-art MEMS technology such as Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Inertial Navigation Systems with embedded GPS (INS/GPS). They address, for more than 10 years, the most exciting markets.

Stemming from 15 years of know-how in connected, cooperative & autonomous mobility YoGoKo is an industry-leading communication solutions provider for the connected, cooperative & autonomous vehicles (CCAV) evolving in intelligent environments. For transport & mobility market players: autonomous vehicle manufacturers, legacy automotive OEM and Tier1, for intelligent mobility solutions developer and integrators.

Inside the big Automotive cluster MOV’EO, there is another cluster called Groupement ADAS obviously specialized in the field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Vehicles. 13 companies currently compose it, and this year Intempora and Nexyad were animators to explain synergie, skills, services and products providing by more than 200 engineers, doctors, professors and experts.

 

When a French SME wants to have a talk with French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Ms. Agnès Pannier-Runacher, no better idea than travels 5400 miles going at CES in Nevada USA.

Agnès PANNIER-RUNACHER talked with NEXYAD CEO Gérard YAHIAOUI

 

Nexyad has met American company VSI Labs with the goal to work together soonly. They are specialized in vehicle demo on open road or test road for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle technologies on the sidelines of congresses and shows. They mainly work in USA at the moment and they plan to organize sessions in Europe and Asia in near future. We plan to build a partnership with VSI Labs to show our global road safety platform to American market.

 

Next to the French Fab Pavillon, three big suppliers in Automotive have put their booth, Valeo, Here Technologies and Faurecia. These giants come to meet their customers and providers like Nexyad.

 

In North Hall, there are almost all the big car makers, the engineering companies, and Tear ones in luxurious spaces.

 

Some most impressive machines for next generation mobility:

 

Nexyad talked a lot with attendees, organisations and partners and many thought this year shows a little decline of shuttles and autonomous mobility exhibitors. For us, it could be the proof that market is becoming mature. At the same time, full autonomy technologies for road vehicles is postpone year after year. The safety asked by authorities and public fails yet to be demonstrate. We think this issue can be overcome if engineers worldwide considered driving risk as an explicit variable instead of an implicit one.

 

 

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Nexyad Quoted in a CNN Article

“Derq is not the only company working in this space. Humanising Autonomy has developed a “pedestrian intent prediction platform” intended to make autonomous vehicles safer;” Driveri is a platform that analyzes commercial vehicle drivers’ to improve their performance, and Nexyad creates software that can be built into cars to alert drivers of potential accidents.”

Click to read entire article

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Global Safety Platform by Nexyad

Here is the presentation of our global road safety platform: computing Driving risk taken by vehicle in its Driving context, 20 times per second allows to:

. act on human driver through risk alerts (accident rate reduction by 20% at least, validated by road safety experts and insurers).

. act on automated vehicle: Automatic Cruise Control desired speed and accels / Autonomous Driving system that is aware of the Driving risk it is currently taking: being servo-control to keep risk under a max accepted value, and triggering use case recording for next deep Learning versions.

 

 

 

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Deep Learning Benchmark : Tensor Flow Vs Nexyad Deep Learning Solution

Several times per year, we benchmark our internal Deep Learning solution (IP NEXYAD) (NxDev) vs Tensor Flow (Google) that is a very efficient Learning system. Results again this time (Feb2020) is that NxDev still beats Tensor Flow. Of course we are happy about it, and we still work (since 1995) on Learning efficiency improvement, But comparing 2 deep Learning systems is not that easy.

First : we select a database (the same for both) and a function. This time : classification.

Second : we choose a performance measurement. Many people use % of good classification, but we chose Khi-2 value.

Third : train with exactly the same number of neurons, layers … and on the same database.

Fourth : compare Khi-2 values.

We made iterations with a growing number of neurons to draw the Vapnik curves – check if a better performance couldn’t happen with Tensor Flow for a different architecture.

We also Added perturbations with mislabeled added Learning examples, and restarted the whole process.

If other teams already worked on Learning systems benchmarks (including Google team), we would be happy to share skills and improve comparison method.

 

 

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TECHNOLOGY SAFETYNEX STARTING WORLDWIDE DEPLOYMENT

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #28, October 4th, 2019

 

Technology SafetyNex Starting Worldwide Deployment

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– Short News


– Motorbikes


– Trucks


– Teaching Chair at INSA Rouen Engineering School in Normandy


– NEXYAD at the VIVATECH Symposium, May 2019


– NEXYAD at the MOVEO IMAGINE MOBILITY Forum (2019 June at ESTACA in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (France)


– NEXYAD Scientific Publication about Driving Risk in “Electronic Components for Automotive Applications: proceeding of the 5th CESA Automotive Electronics Congress”, Paris 2018

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

NEXYAD finally sees the result of its hard work and of its industrial agreements signed those last two years with integrators that develop their own products for road safety on the basis, among other technologies, of our SafetyNex software component. This unique and disruptive SafetyNex technology revolutionizes both telematics on board and autonomous vehicle, and is starting then to be deployed by NEXYAD integrators at the end of 2019. SafetyNex for fleets and motor insurers brings a huge ROI : accident rate reduction by 20%.

This is a new start for the company that has spent some 20 years developing deep tech very high level Artificial Intelligence technologies:
. SafetyNex software component, that brings anticipation to drivers and to AD systems
. Three computer vision software components that can be considered as additional option bringing addition inputs that transform SafetyNex into “Augmented SafetyNex”:
          . VisiNex : detection of lacks of visibility such as fog, heavy rain, snow or sand storm, …
          . RoadNex : semantic segmentation that detects the drivable surface of the road (free space)
          . ObstaNex : detection of objcts (possible obstacles) such as cars, pedestrians, …
All those algorithms are now available as directly integrable software components (SDK / API) by our customers into their products.
See full presentation of Nexyad

 

We present in this issue of our newsletter the first products developed by our integrators, based on our technologies, that are starting their mass volume deployement, and we also present global news of NEXYAD activities.
Enjoy
Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD

 

#roadsafety #fleetsafety #insurance #accident #accidentrate #accidentratereduction #SafetyNex #AugmentedSafetyNex #VisiNex #lackofvisibility #fog #heavyrain #RoadNex #computervision #semanticsegmentation #freespace #roaddetection #ObstaNex #detection #cardetection #algorithms #NEXYAD

 

 

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Short News

 

NEXYAD was proud to see the first navigation tool based both on WAZE and SafetyNex, developed by SOFTEAM, amazing idea to gather WAZE powerful navigation skills with unique risk alerts (with anticipation) of NEXYAD SafetyNex technology that reduces accident rate by 20%.</ br>

 

See below the smartphone screen capture of some samples of a trip with alerts:

 

NEXYAD is partnering with Brightmile which is a Kamet Ventures company incubated & backed by AXA. Brightmile integrated (among other technologies) real time driving risk assessment software component SafetyNex into their complete risk management smartphone App.

We all could recently read on the press good news of this very talented team :

 

#Softeam #waze #brightmile #smartphone #navigation #intelligentnavigation #fleetmanagement #motorinsurance #carinsurance #insurance

 

 

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Motorbikes

 

NEXYAD has worked those last two years on a collaborative R&D project, in partnership with HERE, IFSTTAR, POINT CORE, PREVENTION ROUTIERE. This project aimed to enable SafetyNex usage to motorbikers. We are glad to announce that this project, co-funded by Région Ile de France, and accredited by French Research cluster FINANCE INNOVATION is a success. The R&D consortium quality was unique (test and validation, field operational test, electronics, digital map, …)</ br>

 

SafetyNex will soon be deployed for motorbikes.

 

 

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Trucks

 

NEXYAD integrators are currently deploying their telematics products (smartphone App, electronic device, dashcam), based among other technologies on SafetyNex. Main markets for those first deployments are :

. Motor insurance
. Fleet management
. Driving school

Some of our integrators then urgently needed to have a truck version that would paste right speed limits (for any kind of truck, any transported products, any country) and that would modulate risk assessment for truck use case. This version is available in Oct. 2019.

 

 

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Teaching Chair at INSA Rouen Engineering School in Normandy

 

September 18th, Nexyad still involved in training Master level students through the Pedagogic Chair under the direction of Pr. Aziz Bensrhair. Gérard Yahiaoui presented research activities of Nexyad and particularly Driving Risk calculation in real time to INSA Rouen Engineering School students, maths and computing option’s

CEO of NEXYAD presenting SafetyNex architecture involving applied maths and artificial intelligence for accident rate reduction (20%)

 

A pedagogical Chair dedicated to Autonomous & Connected Vehicle at INSA Rouen Normandy

 

#INSA #INSArouen #teachingchair #NEXYAD #moveo #intelligentcar

 

 

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NEXYAD at the VIVATECH Symposium, May 2019

 

NEXYAD had a booth at the famous Paris symposium VIVATECH. This booth was offered by French Ministry of Security/Police of the road (DSCR) that gave us the French Price of INNOVATION for road safety (for our software component SafetyNex):

SafetyNex technology is now validated and rewarded by experts on road safety. This makes the SafetyNex technology completely different from others. It is :

. proven
. validated by road safety experts, insurers, industrials
. real time on regular telematics devices, smartphones, and dashcams
. deployed for the masses through integrators

NEXYAD met new leads of customers from all over the world and will soon announce important collaborations. We also could meet other high-tech SMEs that will surely become new partners in the future.

 

#SafetyNex #award #towardssaferroads #vivatech #nexyad #roadsafety #DSCR #innovation

 

 

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NEXYAD at the MOVEO Imagine Mobility Forum (2019 June at ESTACA in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (France)

 

NEXYAD was part of the IMAGINE MOBILITY FORUM that took place at the Engineering School ESCATA in the Paris suburb. NEXYAD was present with both:

. Groupement ADAS: a business cluster of High-Tech SMEs focused on connected and intelligent vehicles
. Groupement AI4Cities: a business cluster of High-Tech SMEs focused on applications of digital technologies to smart cities and mobility

NEXYAD showed films and demos of their 4 software modules ready for integration into products by customers:

. SafetyNex that computes onboard in real time at each moment the driving risk that driver is currently taking
. VisiNex that detects (from a camera) lacks of visibility (fog, snow, sand, dust, lack of lighting, heavy rain, …)
. RoadNex that detects (from a camera) the road and especially the free space (where it is possible to drive)
. ObstaNex that detects (from a camera) obstacles, in particular other vehicles

 

#moveo #mobility #nexyad #SafetyNex #VisiNex #ObstaNex #RoadNex

 

 

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NEXYAD Scientific Publication about Driving Risk computing in “Electronic Components for Automotive Applications : proceeding of the 5th SIA CESA Automotive Electronics Congress”, Paris 2018

 

“Real Time Driving Risk Assessment for Onboard Accident Prevention: Application to Vocal Driving Risk Assistant, ADAS, and Autonomous Driving”
by Johann Brunet, Pierre Da Silva Dias, Gérard Yahiaoui

This publication is available in “ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS” Proceedings of the 5th SIA CESA Automotive Electronics Congress, Paris, 2018.

Jochen Langheim, Editor, Springer publishing.

 

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Nexyad and Augmented Intelligence

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #27, May 13th, 2019

 

Nexyad and Augmented Intelligence

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO speaker at Challenge Startup & Innovation Summit
– High Level Nexyad at Secours&Vous Congress in Paris
– Rotary Digital Meeting 2019
– La Route Zéro Tracas.mma wrote about Nexyad
– SafetyNex at VivaTech 16-18 may in Paris

 

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Nexyad CEO speaker at Challenge Startup & Innovation Summit

 

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

Vincent Beaufils interviewing Gérard Yahiaoui, Nexyad CEO

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.

Many famous speakers gave their view during the day, such as Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo CEO; Luc Julia, Samsung CTO & Senior Vice President Innovation; Antoine Bordes, Facebook AI Research Director; Luc Bretones, Orange Technocentre Director; Jean-François Copé, former minister: Marko Erman, Thales Technical & research Director;

Lunch Time, from the left: Luc Julia – CTO of Samsung, Gérard Yahiaoui – CEO of Nexyad and Jacques Aschenbroich – CEO of Valeo

Challenge Startup & Innovation

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Nexyad at Secours & Vous Congress in Paris

 

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

 

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Rotary Digital Meeting 2019

 

 

 

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

 

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La Route Zéro Tracas.mma wrote about Nexyad

 

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

 

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Nexyad at VivaTech 16-18 may in Paris

 

Nexyad will present revolutionary SafetyNex, winner of 2019 Innovation prize by French Road Safety administration.

SafetyNex is a unique proactive solution to keep drivers safe on roads. This can reduce accident rate at least by 20%.

New Important Reward for SafetyNex

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #26, March 24th, 2019

 


New Important Reward for SafetyNex
Headlines :

– SafetyNex won Road Safety Innovation Prize
– Road Detection RoadNex New Update
– Go from Level 3 to Level 5 with SafetyNex
– High Level Fonctional Specification of a Self-Driving Vehicle (Point to Point, any Destination): What about Driving Risk ?
– News about NEXYAD in Global Fleet
– Nexyad CEO Speaker at two conferences on AI

 

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SafetyNex won Road Safety Innovation Prize
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

 

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Road Detection RoadNex New Update

Some companies try to detect freespace with a regular camera, without IR (SWIR etc …), without fusion with LIDAR, just because it allows low cost applications especially for aftermarket. Here is an example of the NEXYAD module RoadNex. One can see that there are a lot of cracks, patches (highlights and dark zones), and that RoadNex still detects free space in front of the car. Especially useful in the roundabout (see video).
Note : It runs on a regular chip (real time on a regular smartphone, for instance). It means that cost of deployment is “cost of software only”, NO NEED for a special smart hardware architecture (NVIDIA …) or a special camera. This is the differentiation of NEXYAD : we do not try to provide “perfect and beautiful” detection (that is already achieved by MOBILEYE for instance, but we think, beyond market price for markets we target), but rather an efficient quick detection for some valuable functions at market price. Our free space detection is currently under integration into dashcams.

 

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Go from Level 3 to Level 5 with SafetyNex
Do not change your AD System but enhance its Autonomy from level 3 to level 5 by making it Adaptative.
Yes, level of autonomy is not a matter of number of use cases taken into account during fine tuning or deep Learning, and during validation. Indeed, a feedforward chain cannot be trusted anyway because it is not adaptive. The number of use cases is quite infinite and there will alsways be a “hole” in your scenario crossings
So once your feedforward AD system chain seems to work at 94% (that’s what Elon MUSK said about new TESLA), it is not necessary to go on developing it. Yes, it is time to make it adaptive by integrating this AD system into a loop of safety monitoring. Of course, everyone thinks of functional safety (covariance, etc), and it must be done, but again it is not enough. We propose to measure at each moment the Driving risk that the AD system is taking (road safety) in order to adapt decision automatically to keep risk under a maximum accepted value. This is easy to do using our software component SafetyNex as an added layer to your existing AD system.
See figure below.

Schéma SafetyNex ADS adaptative

 

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High Level Fonctional Specification of a Self-Driving Vehicle
(Point to Point, any Destination): What about Driving Risk ?
 

A general usage self-Driving vehicle is an object that picks you at a point A (that may be anywhere) and takes you to a point B (that may be any reachable point from A), as fast as possible, in comfort and safety. And that’s it (main features).

a . as far as possible : it is the actual efficiency of transportation, as mobility is a key element of Economy
b . comfort : it is the fact that the travel is enjoyable
c . safety of Driving : risk of road accident is few because the vehicle controls the Driving risk that it takes. Note : we consider that the object in itself is already safe (functional safety solved).

How to control those 3 items ?
a . chronometer, speed measurement
b . score of comfort : noise, vibration, user friendly HMI that cancels stress (infotainment), entertainment, …
c . score of Driving risk (in terms of ROAD safety) that the vehicle is taking while Driving : it already exists and it is the module SafetyNex, developed by NEXYAD (validation on 50 million km).

This gives a clue about how SafetyNex is used by Tier One Companies for their AD system.

 

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News about NEXYAD in Global Fleet
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

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Global Fleet
 

 

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Nexyad CEO Speaker at two conferences on AI
Do not miss Nexyad CEO, Gérard Yahiaoui:
– at round table on Artificial Intelligence & Industry Transformation for Startup Innovation Challenge March 27th 2019 (Paris).
See more : https://sommetdesstartup.challenges.fr/
– at ROTARY Digital Meeting april 10th 2019 (Paris).
See more : http://www.rotary-paris-ouest.fr/offres/gestion/events_146_45209_non/rotary-digital-meeting.html