Step forward for Nexyad Hybrid AI SafetyNex

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #38, September 15th, 2022

 

Step forward for Nexyad Hybrid AI SafetyNex

 

Headlines :

– NEXYAD CEO Editorial

– People from these following companies have tested Nexyad democar Dreamotor1

– NEXYAD Scientific Paper: Hybrid AI for Automotive

– START 2022 – Annual Convention of NEXTMOVE french Competitiveness Cluster

– Dreamotor1 Demo in the Streets of Stuttgart for Technology Expo

– NEXYAD at Club Auto on AI organized by FIEV

– Dreamotor1 NEXYAD Democar Showcased at INSA Rouen Congress

– New NEXYAD Scientific Publication at INSA Rouen

– MtC shows Railways Driver Assistance System with NEXYAD Computer Vision Softwares

– Dreamotor1 at Autonomy Event in Paris

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

Hello

This period is an intense moment for NEXYAD, whose 4 on-board AI modules for automotive and land mobility are validated and in the process of being deployed. We are proud of the product of our customer MtC which integrates our three vision modules (+ lidar) VisiNEx, RoadNex, and ObstaNex, for the detection of rails and obstacles on trams, metros, trains. Our integrator in India, MONTBLEU Technologies has put our SafetyNex prudence assessment module in a smartphone App for driving schools, insurers, and fleets. And we publish on September 21 and 22 at the SIA congress on AI for automobile and mobility (https://www.sia.fr/evenements/274-ia-pour-nouvelles-mobilites-2022?lng=en) a scientific paper showing, among other things, results obtained on a vehicle of the STELLANTIS group to pilot a predictive ACC with our cognitive AI of SafetyNex prudence assessment.

We arrive at the moment when all the efforts of the team are about to bear fruit, and we thank our partners, our customers, and even our competitors who have pushed us to excellence.

We have shown our DREAMOTOR1 demonstration vehicle to many companies (see http://dreamotor1.org/news) and we will do everything to bring with us on success podium all the SMEs and technology start-ups that participate in this ambitious project. Together, we are stronger.

I wish you a good reading of this newsletter.

                                                                                                                                Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD

 

 

 

 

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People from these following companies have tested Nexyad democar Dreamotor1

 

 

 

Dreamotor 1 sponsors : partners :

 

More news about Dreamotor1

 

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NEXYAD Scientific Paper: Hybrid AI for Automotive

 

 

As part of the “AI for New Mobilities” Congress of the SIA, Engineers Society of Automotive, September 21th & 22th 2022 (digital event), Gerard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad, will present a Scientific Paper “Hybrid Artificial Intelligence for Automotive”. This shows very interesting achieved results on management of a Predictive & Connected ACC in partnership with Stellantis.

Subscribe to the SIA event

 

 

Read the paper by Gerard Yahiaoui & Pierre Da Silva Dias

 

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START 2022 – Annual Convention of NEXTMOVE french Competitiveness Cluster

 

NEXTMOVE brings together 600 members Spread over 5 technological and industrial axes, these companies, car manufactures, tear ones, suppliers, SMEs, public and private laboratories, etc… are moving the lines of their sectors with their innovative technologies and services. Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad, is Vice-President of NEXTMOVE in charge of the SMEs.  

 

 
Luc Chatel, PFA president
 
Dr Luc Julia, Renault Chief scientific Officer

Philippe Prével, President of NEXTMOVE and Rémi Bastien, Honorary President
 

 

 The Dreamotor1, Nexyad demo car, made some runs for testers in Le Havre

 

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Dreamotor1 Demo in the Streets of Stuttgart for Technology Expo

 

Stuttgart, June 21th 2022. On the side of Autonomous Vehicle TECHNOLOGY EXPO 2022, Nexyad came with Dreamotor1 for some demonstrations of safety functionnalities for tear one companies and OEMs.

 

Dreamotor1 on the left in streets of Stuttgart, Germany.

 

 

 

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NEXYAD at Club Auto on AI organized by FIEV

 

The seventh FIEV Auto Club took place on June 17, 2022 in Paris, titled Artificial Intelligence: a brain in the car. Two very interesting round tables : The car is connected before being autonomous, with : Antoine LAFAY, Driving Assistance Research Director of Valeo Dr Thierry LESTABLE, Executive Director, Digital Science Research Center (DSRC) of Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Gérard YAHIAOUI, CEO of Nexyad Sebastien RUFFINO, Director Automotive, South of Europe de Nvidia Alexis BEAUVILLAIN, Cross System Architecture Director of Aptiv Interior: towards tailor-made comfort, with : Thierry METAIS, President of ZF Mobility France Vanessa PICRON, Vice-President of Product Division Innovation, Strategy & Automated Driving of Forvia Pierre LECOINTRE, SVP Software Business & Product of Stellantis Eric LA FAY, Director, Head of Customer Center Multimedia and Connectivity of Continental Automotive France and a special Keynote by Dr Luc Julia, Chief Scientific Officer of Renault Group  

         Doctor Luc Julia (Renault) and Gérard Yahiaoui (Nexyad)                                     Round Table: The car is connected before being autonomous

 

Visit FIEV website  

 

 

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Dreamotor1 NEXYAD Democar Showcased at INSA Rouen Congress

 

DREAMOTOR1 was showcased in the exposition of intelligent vehicles during the congress on AI for Autonomous and Connected vehicles at INSA ROUEN.

 

https://www.insa-rouen.fr/de-lia-vers-le-vehicule-autonome-et-connecte

 

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New NEXYAD Scientific Publication at INSA Rouen

 

Dreamotor1 «ADAS, Autonomous Vehicle : caution and risk measurement in real time using embedded real time AI », Gérard YAHIAOUI, Pierre DA SILVA DIAS, Scientific  Seminar at INSA Rouen, chair of AI for Intelligent vehicle directed by Pr Abdelaziz Bensrhair : « DE L’IA VERS LE VÉHICULE AUTONOME ET CONNECTÉ/FROM AI TO CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE », Rouen, 16 June 2022.

 

 

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MtC shows Railways Driver Assistance System with NEXYAD Computer Vision Softwares

 

First appearence for a new product by MtC (former OTN) at Global Industrie 2022 in Paris-Nord. After 4 years Global Industrie came back with responsible reindustrialisation leimotiv. This new Parisian edition has done everything possible to support the sector towards the industry of the future, relocation, ecological transition, energy independence, but also the tomorrow technologies (3D printing , cybersecurity, etc.). Our partner MtC More than Cables (former OTN) displayed demo of railway driver assistance by camera/lidar fusion.

Video demo of obstacles detection on railway by MtC

 

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Dreamotor1 at Autonomy Event in Paris

 

Dreamotor1 made a demonstration to prospect on side of Autonomy event march 16 & 17 2022 in Paris.

 

 

  This year, Autonomy finally returned to the Porte de Versailles in Paris. The participants seemed happy to be gathered after a long absence. We were surprised to see new exhibitors like Otonomo or Autoliv, which are international companies, proof that the show attracts more people than regulars of light, electro and shared mobility.

 

                        Autonomy in Paris, Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles                                                                                    Cosmo Connected Booth                                                                            Autoliv Booth                                                                                                                                        Otonomo Booth      

 

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More Demo Cars integrating Nexyad SafetyNex

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #37, March 18th, 2022

 

More Demo Cars integrating Nexyad SafetyNex

 

Headlines :

– NEXYAD CEO Editorial

– NEXYAD Cognitive AI SafetyNex goes to India

– NEXYAD works with STELLANTIS on Advanced Embedded Road Safety Systems

– NEXYAD Demo car Dreamotor1 Showcased at RENAULT with our Partner HERE Technologies

– NEXYAD & HERE Webinar: Onboard Real Time Safety Coach & Safety Score

– Technologies Integration under Progress on Dreamotor1

– Presentation of Nextcar the demo car by Nextmove, french Automotive & Mobility Cluster

– Nextmove Techday at Renault January 25th

– Demonstration of Dreamotor1 to VALEO and CONTINENTAL

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

Hello

As many of you have seen, NEXYAD have lots of news this month:

  • we collaborate successfully with OEMs, on three types of applications:
       Safety Score, Safety Coach, Preventive ACC or AD
  • our integrator in India MONBLEU Technologies, is starting the deployment of their product for road
    safety, and they started to develop their demo car “ROAD”
  • our DREAMOTOR1 demo vehicle is available in the Paris regionvfor demonstrations on real roads
  • the NEXTMOVE French Automotive cluster has decided to develop its demo car and demonstrate
    feasibility of technologies proposed by its member SMEs, and the cognitive AI of NEXYAD is one of them

Enjoy reading and see you soon

                                                                                                                                Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD

 

 

 

 

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NEXYAD Cognitive AI SafetyNex goes to India

 

Our Indian Partner and Integrator MONTBLEU Technologies will help Indian Automotive OEMS (cars, Trucks, Two-wheelers) Save More Lives soon. NEXYAD is very proud to show below the Montbleu Technologies Private Limited demo car « ROAD ».

This demo car is under integration : NEXYAD SA cognitive AI SafetyNex is embedded by Montbleu that develops very impressive application softwares to improve road safety, with adapted solutions for :
     . driving schools (driving behaviour)
     . insurance UBI
     . fleets
     . vehicles OEMs (car, truck, two-wheeler) : safety score safety coach, preventive ACC / Intelligent Speed Assist, Autonomous Driving.

We are glad to be a part of it.

“Every year in India there are around 450,000 road crashes, in which 150,000 people die. Accidents impose significant cost as much as 3% of GDP every year” says Mr Selva Ramanujam CEO of Montbleu Technologies Private Limited.

Together, we can have a significant impact on accident rate reduction and build a safer society, less CO2 emission, etc Let’s gather French and Indian talents to build a better world. Links to Montbleu and roadsafe.ai:

https://lnkd.in/ee3NHtmF

https://lnkd.in/euaJUZUi  

 

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NEXYAD works with STELLANTIS on Advanced Embedded Road Safety Systems

 

 « NEXYAD SafetyNex cognitive AI brings a new paradigm for road safety in ADAS and Autonomous Driving »
Vincent ABADIE, VP Autonomous Vehicle at STELLANTIS

We are proud and glad to work on advanced robotized driving projects with STELLANTIS talented engineers team.

Let’s make it a reality for common people.

Vincent ABADIE, VP Autonomous Vehicle at STELLANTIS and Gerard YAHIAOUI, NEXYAD CEO

 

 

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NEXYAD Demo car Dreamotor1 Showcased at RENAULT with our Partner HERE Technologies

 

We could showcase DREAMOTOR1 yesterday at RENAULT with NEXYAD of course, and our partner HERE Technologies. Functions showcased: . Safety score, . Safety CoachThere will be many showcases of DREAMOTOR1 in France and in Europe during 2022.We have integrated technologies from NEXYAD, INTEMPORA, ECOTECHNILIN, and we wrote all the global and detailed specifications for integration of technologies from SBG Systems, YOGOKO, IMPORTANT.

We are discussing with GREENERWAVE to fancy the best way to integrate their technology. DREAMOTOR1 is already the smarter demo car and will remain it in time. On the picture at RENAULT Guyancourt, I am with Olivier Beldi from HERE Technologies.

HERE Technologies believed in NEXYAD from the very start, And we showcase together at RENAULT (that have signed with GOOGLE), and in a way, we “bring” HERE with us, and they help us being better.

 

Small teams may bring strategic advantages … We’re happy about this. Now that we have DREAMOTOR1, our unique embedded cognitive AI technology SafetyNex, which is second to none, can be showcased for 3 functions: . Safety Score: much more accurate and relevant than TESLA one. Think again ! it is not everyday that you have the opportinuty to take over TESLA ! . Safety Coach that advices driver during trip and helps to avoid most emergency situations (and then many accidents) . Preventive ACC / AD (soon available on DREAMOTOR1) that controls vehicle speed in order to keep driving behavior cautious regarding static and dynamic contexts Nobody stops Dreamotor1.

#NEXYAD #HERE #HEREtechnologies #TESLA #RENAULT #DREAMOTOR1 #AI #embedded #ADAS #GOOGLE #CognitiveAI #DemoCar #Emergency #EmergencySituations #Accident #RoadSafety #INTEMPORA #ECOTECHNILIN #SBGSystems #YOGOKO #GREENERWAVE #FHELECTRONICS #IMPORTANT

 

 

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NEXYAD Demo car Dreamotor1 Showcased at RENAULT with our Partner HERE Technologies

 

Thursday, April 14, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM CEST New embedded software offer for fleet risk management Tracking, eco-driving, fleet management, etc. : the uses of on-board telematics are multiple and contribute directly or indirectly to reducing the costs of a fleet. The systems are increasingly relevant and connected for the main services except road safety. Most offers only concern driver monitoring and a driving score that is only very slightly correlated with accidentology. SafetyNex technology allows to reduce immediately accident rate by 25% without ADAS sensors. Our cognitive AI allows to analyse driving behaviour (20 times per second) by comparing it to road context here and now. Click the link below to register Registration (gotowebinar.com)  

 

 

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Technologies Integration under Progress on Dreamotor1

 

 

 

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Presentation of Nextcar the demo car by Nextmove, french Automotive & Mobility Cluster

 

Marc Charlet, the General Manager of Nextmove french Automotive & Mobility Cluster presented Nextcar, a demo car which integrates technologies of cluster members.

At 2:40 mn Marc Charlet present Nexyad and its Cognitive AI software SafetyNex.

 

 

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Nextmove Techday at Renault January 25th

 

 

Nextmove the French Automotive and Mobility cluster organized a Techday at RENAULT Technocentre in Guyancourt (near Paris) January, 25th. Nextmove presented the two democars Nextcar and Dreamotor1 of the project Demo ICIM funded by ADEME to several high people of Renault. General Director Marc Charlet of Nextmove was there to welcome the happy testers of the two vehicles. Nexyad thank all Renault people who took a ride in Dreamotor1.

Nextcar by:         

with :

partners :      

                            

 

Dreamotor 1 (Renault ZOE ZE50 full electric)

Nextcar (Renault Megane hybrid PHEV)

Dreamotor 1 sponsors :

partners :

 

 

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Demonstration of Dreamotor1 to VALEO and CONTINENTAL

 

 

 
Feb 15th, Dreamotor1 was tested by several persons of Continental around Renault Guyancourt (west of Paris).   Feb 7th, Dreamotor1 was tested by several persons of VALEO Mobility Tech Center around Créteil (south of Paris).

 

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Nexyad Returns at CES

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #36, January 19th, 2022

 

Nexyad returns at CES

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– NEXYAD’S CES 2022

– Communication of HERE Technologies for CES 2022

– Nexyad is glad to announce two sponsors for DREAMOTOR 1 !

– A new startup is joinging DREAMOTOR 1 with an original modern radar technology

– Presentation of Nextcar and Dreamotor 1 to french media

– New Article in a Fleet Professional media

 

 

 

All NEXYAD members wish you a happy new year 2022

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

Hello,

We are just coming back from CES Las Vegas. This CES was very interesting:
             . there were much less visitors
             . most large companies were absent (except STELLANTIS in the automotive sector)

It was however by far the best CES for NEXYAD since 2016.
Two main reasons for this:
             . on the one hand NEXYAD is now ready with clear offers available for each road safety market (fleets & insurance, OEMs) and strong references
             . on the other hand, stands were less invaded by curious people so that it made it possible to discuss in a longer and more in-depth manner with key people from the exhibiting companies
We also could have key business discussions with our partner HERE Technologies for USA Business.

 

Main trend at CES : the arrival of new car OEMs with electric vehicle, e.g. FISKER and VINFAST.
Last but not least, we had the opportunity to have a presention of VSI Labs demo cars.
They seem to be a key partner for NEXYAD on the American market, to shocase our cognitive AI technology solving 3 main issues : Safety Score, Safety Coach, Preventive ACC / AD.
For NEXYAD, it should be the start of our big adventure in the USA.


Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD “We Save Lives”

 

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NEXYAD’S CES 2022

 

January 2022 CES returned to Las Vegas, Nevada. And Nexyad Too. This year saw the opening of the brand new East Pavillon at Convention Center which welcome Automotive section of the CES. The building is huge like usual with several food stands and other commodities. Of course, some space seemed empty because of all the cancellations, but in france we say: “those who runaway are always in the wrong”. Nexyad already gives appointement to 2023 edition with, hopefully, a democar or two in the USA. We will drive then in the streets of Las Vegas to demonstrate our cognitive AI technology SafetyNex: the best safety score/safety coach on the market for the best driving experience ever, safe and serene and also the best preventive ACC/AD. Now, let’s go for an overview of our CES 2022 experience.

 
Big automakers were missing except Stellantis, the 14 brands group displayed numerous cars in the center of East pavillon. Very impressive stand.

 

Stellantis is the sixth-largest automaker worldwide. Beside big SUVs and Sedans, we noticed the AMI Citröen a micro electric car that allow to drive urban and countryside roads without licence and Fiat 500 with its funny face which seems to laught.  Stellantis Group owns: Abarth – Alfa Romeo – Chrysler – Citroen – Dodge – DS Automobiles – Fiat – Fiat Professional – Jeep – Lancia – Maserati – Opel – Peugeot – Ram – Vauxhall

 

 

Henrik Fisker has presented himself the zero emission SUV Ocean at CES in Las vegas. The Fisker Ocean features the SolarSky, a large solar roof. Thus, the sun’s rays are collected and generate energy which powers the vehicle’s electric motor. The cabin features premium upholstery, floor mats and details made from recycled plastic bottles, reclaimed rubber scrap, used t-shirts and discarded fishing nets from the ocean. See the video of presentation at CES : (15) Facebook Live | Facebook

     

VinFast is a new OEM that comes to us from Vietnam. Coming from Vingroup in Hanoi, the brand did not hesitate to hire experienced executives from, for example, GM, Pininfarina, and build partnerships with BMW, Magna Steyr, Siemens or Bosch. They presented three new models at CES, and they cover all segments from A to E. The electric SUV brand will soon be marketed in Europe and North America. See the video of EV Day Event: VinFast Global EV Day Event – YouTube

   
From the left our friend John Cooper, Phil Magney VSI CEO, Gérard and Matthew Linder

VSI Labs drove from Minneapolis Minnesota to Las Vegas (more than 1650 miles !) with their technological jewels. These two labcars are simply amazing, they embark the best of hardware, software and connectivity systems for research and demonstration purposes in the fields of Road safety, ADAS and Autonomous Driving. VSI organizes tours across the United States on the occasion of major events such as ADAS & Autonomous Technology Expo at San Jose (Ca) next march. They are certainly our best next partners in the US.

 

Nexyad is still very interested by computer vision technologies as we have now distributor in France that integrates our vision algorithmes into valuable product for railway safety: OTN. We found some companies that provide smart dashcams like Movon or Nextbase or Stonkam from Hong Kong, which offers a whole range of artificial vision products such as this rear-view camera systems with image reproduction on interior screens.

   

At last, this curiosity with an autonomous Indy racing car. We can see here a specimen of these single-seater or no-seater with electronics and artificial intelligence in place of the human pilot. CES organized a competition, the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), on the Las Vegas racetrack with autonomous cars that can reach 175 mph.

 

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Communication of HERE Technologies for CES 2022 featuring Nexyad

 

 

https://www.here.com/company/events/ces-2022

 

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NEXYAD is glad to announce two sponsors for Dreamotor 1

 

 

We will show their logo, colors, and will relay their messages through our participation to events all over Europe in 2022. The commitment of those 2 major industrials of the automotive sector show how important our demo car project is.  

 

 

 

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A new startup is joinging DREAMOTOR 1 with an original modern radar technology

 

Welcome onboard !  An interview of Greenerwave will soon explain why this technology is a good complement to DREAMOTOR1. Go to Greenerwave website

 

 

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Presentation of Nextcar and Dreamotor 1 to french media during the Nextmove day.

 

The second of december at ESIGELEC in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, the french Automotive & Mobility Cluster NEXTMOVE has organized the presentation of two demo cars involved in Demo ICIM project : NextCar by Nextmove and Dreamotor1 by Nexyad.

 

 

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New Article in a Fleet Professional media

 

 

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Nexyad AI Excellence

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #35, November 23th, 2021

 

Nexyad AI Excellence

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– NEXYAD CEO Interviewed by HERE Technologies at ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg

– Another look on PFA event (french automotive sector day) in Paris

– New article from Auto News by Laurent Meillaud (in french)

– French Automovive Sector day “PFA” In Paris

– Nexyad has launched the cooperative demo car DREAMOTOR 1 at ITS World 2021 in Hamburg

– Nexyad Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Automotive

 

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

Hello,

NEXYAD is in a phase of success as deep tech AI we’ve been developing those last 20 years is now a very quick and efficient answer to market needs.
A few years ago, we lost the battle vs MOBILEYE that brought computer vision perception to cars. We had the same offer with  our perception AI modules RoadNex and ObstaNex, but as said MOBILEYE won the game. We decided to offer our technology to another market : railways. And this time it seems that we won a battle and our integrator OTN is now presenting their valuable product, based on our perception AI, to railway companies worldwide. For this sector, we made a fusion of ObstaNex vision algorithm with lidar.

 

This makes our two perception AI modules 2 new solutions that may come back to automotive sector as car electronics architecture is about to change, letting more room for a pure software company like NEXYAD. We are ready for the second battle :-).
The second good point is that our perception AI module VisiNex is starting to interest automotive OEMs. Indeed, it was not very easy those last years to explain why this vision module is a real game changer for perception : it estimes « available visibility » for computer vision perception modules (our modules, competitors, our eyes, etc). Because this module doesn’t detect anything … it tells when detection is possible, easy, or impossible. Now is becomes very clear that automotive OEMs are ready for our VisiNex module :
     . detecting every lack of visibility and its cause : fog, rain, snow, dust on cameras (very important for cars that put cameras on non wiped areas, e.g. TESLA)
     . knowing the trust you can put on camera perception, in real time, so that your sensor fusion may be more relevant
     . Improving vision deep learning in bad weather and bad visibility conditions : if you give diagnosis from VisiNex to your deep learning, in addition to image sequences, the Artificial Neural Network will not only learn to recognize objects (pedestrians, vehicles, …) it will also learn how the aspect of those objects is modified in bad visibility condition. Improvement of performance is stunning !
And of course, last but not least, our cognitive AI SafetyNex is now featured through our current integrations for OEMs in Europe, and our partnership with the major map provider HERE Technologies. This cognitive AI can be seen as a « all in one » module as it brings 3 automotive functions :
     . safety score,
     . safety coach (digital co-pilot)
     . preventive ACC
This cognitive AI SafetyNex is a change of paradigm : it aggregates in real time during trip all available source of data (descriptors of driving behavior and driving context : static and dynamic), and it calculates 20 times per second :
     . a level of caution in driving behavior regarding context
     . a level of risk, defined as lack of caution
     . a setpoint speed that is the max speed, here and now, that garanties a cautious driving behavior regarding context
This cognitive AI module should be soon into series vehicles. It is available for cars, trucks, and two-wheelers.
So this is the NEXYAD mindset of the moment, and to make sure that our AI modules can be demonstrated, we decided to build our own demo car DREAMOTOR1 that integrates NEXYAD technologies with technologies coming from a bunch of talented startups and SMEs.
Soon showcased all aroud Europe, take you ticket for a tour.


Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD “We Save Lives”

 

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NEXYAD CEO Interviewed by HERE Technologies at ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg

 

   

Thanks to Karoline Jerchow and Franck Despouy for their nice welcome on Here Booth at ITS World 2021 in Hamburg.  

 

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Another look on PFA event (french automotive sector day) in Paris

 

Video of DREAMOTOR 1 at PFA event in Paris Oct. 26th 2021 Featured participant to DREAMOTOR 1 demo car : Nexyad, Nextmove, EcoTechnilin, Intempora, YoGoKo

 

 

Visit the PFA website  

 

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New article from Auto News by Laurent Meillaud (in french)

 

NEXYAD, UN AS DE L’IA QUI FAIT MIEUX QUE TESLA ?

La PME française a mis au point un outil qui permet de calculer les risques en fonction du profil de la route, de l’environnement et de la vitesse. Ce système combine l’intelligence artificielle, des capteurs et des cartes de haute précision. Lors du récent congrès sur les transports intelligents (ITS) de Hambourg, on a pu voir tourner dans les rues de la ville une Renault ZOE baptisée « Dreamotor 1 ». Et elle serait, selon ses concepteurs, l’un des plus sûres au monde. Pourquoi ? Parce qu’elle intègre un système d’intelligence artificielle très évolué, fruit de 20 ans de recherche au sein de la PME Nexyad, et qui a fait ses preuves*. Ce système a pour nom SafetyNex et mesure 20 fois par seconde le niveau de risque en fonction du contexte routier (vitesse, analyse de l’environnement, type de route). Cet outil assez unique s’appuie sur les cartes pour GPS de haute précision de HERE Technologies, dans le cadre d’un partenariat. La ZOE intègre une fonction « safety coach » qui s’appuie sur des données en temps réel pour recommander au conducteur à quelle vitesse maximale il peut rouler. Précisons que ce coach peut aussi agir en cas d’urgence sur le régulateur de vitesse intelligent (ACC), s’il estime que le niveau de danger est trop élevé et en cas de non-réaction. Le système d’IA de Nexyad bénéficie à bord de ce prototype de l’apport d’autres technologies pour calculer encore plus précisément en temps réel le risque routier. Lire l’article en entier sur le site AutoNews.fr              
 

 

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French Automovive Sector day “PFA” In Paris

 

The 26th of october 2021 took place at la Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie in Paris, the day of the French Automotive Sector (PFA). Many officials, president of PFA, Luc Chatel, Industry miniter Bruno Lemaire, and automotive executives as Luca De Meo CEOof Renault Group were present. Nexyad participated and showed outside its demo car Dreamotor 1 (below).      

DEMO ICIM (above) is a demo car of the French Automotive & Mobility cluster NEXTMOVE that integrates technologies of member SMEs including NEXYAD Cognitive AI SafetyNex. This demo car Demo ICIM is a « sister » of DREAMOTOR 1. NEXYAD and NEXTMOVE have a signed partnership to promote the two cars together and show the excellence in clean and intelligent vehicles.

 

 

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Nexyad has launched the cooperative demo car DREAMOTOR 1 at ITS World 2021 in Hamburg

 

Our DREAMOTOR 1 car was not already available. What we call DREAMOTOR 1 V0 is a RENAULT ZOE that we’ve been renting in Hamburg. In this ZOE we installed a PC + sensors etc. and could showcase 3 automotive functions :

. Safety score : at the end of every trip, we give statistics of caution : driving behavior is described with caution profile, risk (= lack of caution) profile, and global scores such as driving caution score, anticipation ability score, driving skills score, and observed self-confidence score. . Safety coach : during driving, caution and risk are estimatied onboard in real time (20 times per second), and then are used to give advices to driver in order to avoid incautious behaviors. It has been validated that this system reduces accident rate by at least 25%. . Anticipative ACC and AD : in real time, knowing context, the same system can estimate 20 times per second what should be the good behavior in order not to exceed a max accepted risk (= lack of caution). In particular, what should be vehicle speed (which brings a setpoint value to ACC).

This V0 did not integrate already all the technologies of partners which bring for most of them new inputs to NEXYAD caution assessment cognitive AI in order to get a better description of context. This will be done in DREAMOTOR 1 V1.

 

Some OEMs tried DREAMOTOR1 V0 in the streets of Hamburg (real tests in real streets) and NEXYAD got very good feedbacks. Now we are on partners technologies integration to improve functions.

Soon the next episode at PFA Day (journée de la Plateforme Française de l’Automobile) à Paris.

 
See all information about DREAMOTOR 1.

 

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Nexyad Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Automotive

 

NEXYAD team’s multi-credited experience in AI for road safety development led to the participation of NEXYAD CEO to a very important book in the USA about Artificial Intelligence applied to modern vehicles. Especially the 1st chapter : « Artificial Intelligence for Vehicles »

Contents  

1. Artificial Intelligence for Vehicles, Gérard Yahiaoui.
2. Conventional Vision or Not: A Selection of Low-level Algorithms, Fabien Bonardi, Samia Bouchafa, Hicham Hadj-Abdelkader and Désiré Sidibé.
3. Automated Driving, a Question of Trajectory Planning, Olivier Orfila, Dominique Gruyer and Rémi Sainct.
4. From Virtual to Real, How to Prototype, Test, Evaluate and Validate ADAS for the Automated and Connected Vehicle?, Dominique Gruyer, Serge Laverdure, Jean-Sébastien Berthy, Philippe Desouza and Mokrane Hadj-Bachir.
5. Standards for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), Thierry Ernst.
6. The Integration of Pedestrian Orientation for the Benefit of ADAS: A Moroccan Case Study, Aouatif Amine, Abdelaziz Bensrhair, Safaa Dafrallah and Stéphane Mousset.
7. Autonomous Vehicle: What Legal Issues?, Axelle Offroy.

http://www.iste.co.uk/book.php?id=1800

 

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Democar Nexyad Dreamotor1

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #34, September 29th, 2021

 

Democar Nexyad Dreamotor1

 

Headlines :

– Nexyad CEO Editorial

– HERE360 Article about Nexyad Cognitive AI for Road Safety

– SIA Study Day: AI Applied to AV

– Democar Nexyad DREAMOTOR1 

– New Book : From AI to Autonomous and Connected Vehicles 

– Chair VAC at INSA Rouen

– Press about Nexyad

 

 

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Nexyad CEO Editorial

 

NEXYAD is starting a new phase of company development, based on the upcoming massive deployment of our on-board artificial intelligence software modules for mobility and road safety.</ aftermarket distributors, and in particular BRIGHTMILE (UK), and MONTBLEU Technologies (India) are starting deployments for vehicle fleets (trucks, cars, two-wheelers), insurers, and driving schools. These deployments are starting fast because they bring by two main value creations:
. reduction in costs for operations: reduction in the number of accidents by at least 25% which reduces cost for operations especially for fleets and insurers.
. reduction of road accident social impact and helping improve skills of drivers and future drivers that become aware of driving risk they take in every situation.

 

In the sector of new vehicles, NEXYAD is integrating its AI for real-time aggregation of all data available in the vehicle for estimation of the prudence of driving behavior in regards to context. This integration has already started with several OEMs in Europe, and NEXYAD decided to develop its own demonstration vehicle, DREAMOTOR1, to show its excellence.

Since this AI called SafetyNex aggregates data from numerous sources, we are opening this demo to other high-tech SMEs on two main domains:
. data acquisition: sensors, telecommunications systems, etc.
. HMI and new materials for the vehicle cockpit
To date, the companies that have signed agreement to integrate their technologies into DREAMOTOR1 are listed below. 
Partnership announcements with the French research cluster on automotive and mobility NEXTMOVE of which NEXYAD is a member should soon be published.

NEXYAD’s other AI modules, dedicated to camera perception, also have deployment prospects:
. RoadNex and ObstaNex, which detect respectively taxiway and obstacles (pedestrians, vehicles, etc.), have two main markets: on the one hand applications in the world of railways, and on the other hand a real-time application embedded in the centralized architecture of future vehicles for on-the-fly images labeling and to allow building of complex functions. Those functions cannot be achieved with current perception solutions because they do not deliver intermediate data diagnosys only).
. VisiNex, which measures the available visibility defined as the probability of being able to detect objects in the scene taking into account visual quality (fog, night, snow, etc.), is currently in view to carry out two tasks: on the one hand, give a score usability of the cameras for sensor fusion stages, and on the other hand, a detection of dust accumulated on the cameras.

NEXYAD’s deep competence in AI was credited, through our participation to two major events:
. SIA congress “AI applied to Autonomous and Connected Vehicle”: CEO of NEXYAD was a member of the organizing committee of this congress and talked during round table this month (see article below)
. release of the scientific book on AI “From AI to Autonomous and Connected vehicle” published in the USA (ed Pr. Abdelaziz Benshair & Thierry Bain) at editions ISTE-WILEY, of which NEXYAD wrote the first chapter. 

As most of you have already seen in our various publications, in July we signed a very strong partnership with the digital maps provider HERE Technologies to jointly develop Road Safety solutions, by associating AI softwares and competence ​​of NEXYAD , to the high quality of data and services brought by HERE maps. (see article below)
It is then in this very positive context that this newsletter is sent to you, we are still open to new collaborations that would give us the opportunity to go on saving lives.


Gerard, CEO of NEXYAD “We Save Lives”

 

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HERE360 Article about Nexyad Cognitive AI for Road Safety

 

 

 
What if you could see a crash before it even happened? Welcome to the future of road safety with Nexyad and HERE.

Nexyad CEO: “Our artificial intelligence is a new way of reading maps.”

A car accident in Paris when he was a student would later set Gerard Yahiaoui on the path to making the roads safer for us all. The incident, which saw both cars damaged beyond repair, was unavoidable, and neither driver saw it coming. Fortunately, Gerard and the driver of the other car escaped without injury. But the incident left him with a yearning to do more to help other people avoid a similar situation. After his crash Gerard recalls thinking at the time: “I had this thought in my head that I should have been warned in advance.”

Read here the full article by Ian Dickson for HERE360

 

 

 

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SIA Study Day : AI Applied to AV

 

Gérard YAHIAOUI, CEO of Nexyad, participated to the round table discussion during this study day “AI Applied to AV”, the september 16th at Marne la Vallée (near Paris).

Driver assistance and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) are an iconic theme for AI, which drives innovations as well as applications. The contributions of AI are rich and varied in several fields of application, such as environment perception or real-time control of the feedback loop on the effects of decisions, for examples.

The ambition of this Study Day was to identify, on the basis of the emblematic subject of Autonomous Vehicle (AV), how these new approaches using AI can be integrated within the automotive industry.

Beyond the AI algorithms used, the role of data is also an essential element, inseparable from AI, whether for the learning of models, the quality of data and their labeling, the validation of models, even acceptability for users.

The SIA is (Société des Ingénieurs de l’Automobile) or Automotive Engineers Society in France.

From the left: Prof. Fabien Moutarde, director of the Centre of  Robotics at Mines ParisTech; Luc Bourgeois, Expert Leader Systems Control at Renault Group; Frédéric Charon, Chief Executive of SIA; G. Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad; Fabrice Herveleu, Safety Regulation senior expert at UTAC

   
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Democar DREAMOTOR1

 

Nexyad will launch DREAMOTOR1 in october. For now we have 8 contributors to this clean high tech and connected democar for road safety :

. Nexyad world leader in AI safety coach and Smart ACC
. YoGoKo a world expert of the connected vehicle (V2X)
. SBG Systems, leader in georeferenced dynamic positioning
. Intempora, leader real time and asynchronous environment for automotive systems
. FH Electronics, world-renowed expert in vehicle (autonomous vehicle)
. Eco_Technilin, leader of eco plant materials for vehicle interiors
. Nextmove, French Automotive Research Cluster 
. Normandy Region

DREAMOTOR1 will travel in all Europe during big Automotive Event such as :
. ITS World Congress, Hamburg october 11-15 2021
. EV Show, London december 7-9 2021
. Vehicle Electronics & Connected Services, Gothenburg may 17-18 2022
. Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Stuttgart june 21-23 2022
. Mondial de l’Auto, Paris october 17-23 2022
. and Many others…

 

 

 

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New Book : From AI to Autonomous & Connected Vehicles

 

Gérard YAHIAOUI, Nexyad CEO, participate to this new publication from ISTE-WILEY.  

From AI to Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Volume 2 – Digital Science SET Coordinated by Abdelkhalak El Hami

http://www.iste.co.uk/book.php?id=1800  

Contents 

1. Artificial Intelligence for Vehicles, Gérard Yahiaoui.

2. Conventional Vision or Not: A Selection of Low-level Algorithms, Fabien Bonardi, Samia Bouchafa, Hicham Hadj-Abdelkader and Désiré Sidibé.

3. Automated Driving, a Question of Trajectory Planning, Olivier Orfila, Dominique Gruyer and Rémi Sainct.

4. From Virtual to Real, How to Prototype, Test, Evaluate and Validate ADAS for the Automated and Connected Vehicle?, Dominique Gruyer, Serge Laverdure, Jean-Sébastien Berthy, Philippe Desouza and Mokrane Hadj-Bachir.

5. Standards for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), Thierry Ernst.

6. The Integration of Pedestrian Orientation for the Benefit of ADAS: A Moroccan Case Study, Aouatif Amine, Abdelaziz Bensrhair, Safaa Dafrallah and Stéphane Mousset.

7. Autonomous Vehicle: What Legal Issues?, Axelle Offroy.

 

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Chair VAC at INSA Rouen

 

 

 

Nexyad participates to the pedagogic chair VAC (Vehicle Autonomous & Connected) at INSA Rouen under supervision of Prof. Abdelaziz Bensrhair. This chair is the result of partnership between French Automotive Research Cluster Nextmove and INSA Rouen (National Institute of Applied Sciences).

  Gerard YAHIAOUI presenting Nexyad AI work about AV

 

 

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Press about Nexyad

 

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%. Read full article on GeoSpatialWorld.net

 

 

 

 

Nexyad and HERE Technologies Deploy Next-Gen cognitive AI to Improve Vehicle Safety

Paris, France – Nexyad, an embedded, real-time platform for aggregating on-board data, and HERE Technologies, the leading location data, and technology platform, have teamed up to bring cognitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the world of road safety. Nexyad employs cognitive AI to aggregate and interpret extensive data sources in a vehicle in real-time to determine whether a particular driving behavior is appropriate given the surrounding context. This assessment can be easily delivered to a driver via mobile phone and is calculated using only four sets of data: HERE map, Global Navigation Satellite System, electronic horizon, and acceleration. Nexyad’s platform is also scalable, with the ability to aggregate data from Advanced Driving Assistant Systems (ADAS) sensors such as camera, radar and lidar, weather (visibility and temperature), and traffic data. Read full article on mmindia.co.in

 

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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.

 

#carelectronics #CESAautomotive #proceedings #publication #scientificpublication #automotive #Springer #risk #riskassessment #automotive #SafetyNex

 

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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

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
 

 

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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

Nexyad Report on CES 2019

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #25, January 24th, 2019

 


Nexyad Report on CES 2019
Headlines :

CES
– Consumer Electronic Show 2019
– XAVIER DALLOZ Conference at CES 2019

Other events
– NEXYAD at Road Safety at Work Conference 2018
– NEXYAD Presentation at SIA CESA 5.0

 

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Consumer Electronic Show 2019
 

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

 

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NEXYAD CEO speaker at XAVIER DALLOZ Conference at CES 2019
 

NEXYAD IS VERY PROUD FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION TO THE XAVIER DALLOZ CONFERENCE AT CES LAS VEGAS YESTERDAY

Hotel the Linq, wednesday january 10th.
It’s been a very interesting exchange about major trends on the CES this year, and NEXYAD presented an example of eXplanable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) to the automotive sector with their software component SafetyNex that computes at each moment in real time and with anticipation the risk that the driver is currently taking, with applications to :
. alerting human drivers and reduce accident rate by 20%
. making autonomous Driving systems much safer Thanks for this perfect organization.

Xavier Dalloz Conference
 

 

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NEXYAD at Road Safety at Work Conference 2018

 

On December 17th, the 2nd edition of the National Symposium for Road Safety at Work was held at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in Paris. This event was an opportunity to discuss the good practices implemented in this area for French companies and administrations. All day long, leaders, managers and experts gathered in front of 400 professionals, all types and sizes of corporates, to expose and cross theories, prevention strategies and feedback.

Emmanuel Barbe
Emmanuel Barbe, Monsieur Road Safety
To read more (french language)

 

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NEXYAD scientific paper at SIA CESA 5.0
 

The 5th and 6th december, International Conference SIA CESA 5.0 took place in Versailles (just near the Château).
The goal of the organisers is to build a bridge between traditional automotive electronics and the new developments in vehicle electrification and digitalization as well as those from the world of consumer electronics and the Internet of Things.
The event has presented a great opportunity to understand how the automotive business will evolve over the next five years, with a focus on products and services that are likely to transition from other markets into use-cases for automotive.

Gérard Yahiaoui, Nexyad CEO was part of speakers for a new paper : Real Time Driving Risk Assessment for Onboard Accident Prevention : Application to Vocal Driving Risk Assistant, ADAS, and Autonomous Driving.

Nexyad Conference at SIA CESA
Gérard Yahiaoui on the left
To read more

Deep Tech in Automotive

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #24, November 22th, 2018

 

NEXYAD EXECUTIVE PITCH VIDEO

 

NEXYAD Deep Tech Startup : AI and XAI onboard real time software modules for road safety applicable to ADAS, Autonomous Driving, Car Insurance, Fleet Management, and new Smart Mobility Services.

Executive_Pitch-Video
NEXYAD Executive Pitch video by CEO Gérard Yahiaoui

 

 

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CAR DETECTION WITH OBSTANEX
ON A REGULAR COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE

 

RoadNex_Short-B

 

 

CAR DETECTION WITH OBSTANEX ON A REGULAR COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE : LOW DEPLOYMENT COST, LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION, LESS HEAT, etc.

Here is a snapshot of car detection using RoadNex.
The big differenciation of ObstaNex is that is runs on a regular computer architecture (on a smartphone for instance) : no need for a heavy computing system. It is then much cheaper for mass volume deployment (new cars and aftermarket), because heavy computing architectures bring computing speed, but also high deployment cost, Energy consumption, heat, etc … not that good for onboard systems.

 

 

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FREE SPACE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WHEEL ON SHORT DISTANCE (URBAN DRIVING APPLICATION)

 

RoadNex_Short-A

 

FREE SPACE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WHEEL ON SHORT DISTANCE (URBAN DRIVING APPLICATION) : ON A REGULAR COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE IN REAL TIME

RoadNex Short (free space detection in front of the car) runs on regular computer architectures (even on a smartphone). This module is made for fast sensor fusion with lidar and radar.
It works even on dusty roads, stones (image below), cobblestones, etc …
RoadNex brings interpretation (drivable surface), telemeter (radar; lidar, …) brings measurement precision (in mm).
No need for a big computer (it means deployment cost reduction).
This disrupts some electronics architectures big firms that try to convince car manufacturers to put their computers Inside cars, but they do not bring only computing efficiency (they do), they also bring additional cost, weight, heat, integration room need, etc …
RoadNex runs on a regular ARM chip (for instance) and may be the next generation solution.

The next generation autonomous POD (Shuttle) MILLA made by ISFM uses RoadNex and will be shown at CES Las Vegas in Jan 2019.
Come to see it.

 

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MOBILY-CITÉS BUS & CAR CONNEXION CONFERENCE

 

MOBILY-CITÉS INTEGRATION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY – PARIS 9 NOVEMBRE 2018

Smart Mobility in 2018

Mobility is the cornerstone of contemporary societies and the changes underway will profoundly transform our uses and our movements.
Valued by our society, travel, in addition to being a social integration link, represents a freedom or a pleasure that can just as much be a servitude and source of exhaustion.
The LOTI Act of 1982 has led to focus on the centers of agglomeration, the stakes of today now focus on the peripheries low density and delivered to the car for 95% of trips.

 

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COMPARE YOUR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING SYSTEM TO BEST HUMAN DRIVERS IN TERMS OF DRIVING RISK TAKEN AT EVERY MOMENT

 

You want to measure the efficiency of your autonomous Driving system in terms of road safety ? Not easy with the regular validation methods : observing the number of km without accident is NOT the key. Indeed, accident is very rare for human driver anyway : on OCDE countries, 1 accident every 70 000 or 100 000 km (depending on the country), and on average 3 death every billion km !
We bring a way to build a metric between YOUR system and better human drivers … using our real time Driving risk assessment module SafetyNex.
A new solution for you to imagine validation process.

 

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FLEETS CAN TAKE BIG ADVANTAGE
OF REAL TIME DRIVING RISK ASSESSMENT

 

FLEETS CAN TAKE BIG ADVANTAGE OF REAL TIME DRIVING RISK ASSESSMENT : MORE PROFIT, LESS PERSONAL INJURIES, AWARDS FOR SAFER DRIVERS, etc.

SafetyNex is now under deployment by fleet managers :
. alerting drivers BEFORE danger can reduce accident rate by 20% : this is money for the fleet, and also less personal injuries and death
. risk profiles at the end of every trip can be used to deploy serious games : awards and coupons for safer drivers
. risk information sharing : if one driver took a big risk at a given area, then it is possible to automatically warn all the other drivers during a few minutes about a potential danger at this area : “stay vigilant”

Two kinds of fleet managers :
. Professional fleet management companies
. Internal fleet managers of big firms
. for the commercial fleet for instance
. for every employee through Corporate Social Responsability budget

Those ongoing deployments will make big money and will save lives at the same time.

 

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ANTICIPATION vs NINJA REFLEXES
for ADAS and AUTONOMOUS DRIVING : IMPACT ON ACCIDENT

 

 

Exemple_of_Risk_Tree

 

Automotive industry is currently integrating into vehicles high level automations systems : automatic emergency braking, line keeping, etc … Those systems are complex : complex to do, complex to integrate together (as A system of systems), complex to validate.

To read more click HERE

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NEXYAD with Groupement INI at
AUTONOMY & THE URBAN MOBILITY SUMMIT

 

 

Mondial

 

AUTONOMY & THE URBAN MOBILITY SUMMIT at PARIS – 18-20 OCTOBER PARIS GRANDE HALLE DE LA VILLETTE
The 2018 show was the Opportunity to see new mobility engines and solutions.

To read more click HERE

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NEXYAD STARTUP “COUP DE COEUR”
of THE MONDIAL PARIS MOTOR SHOW
with SafetyNex

 

Mondial

 

Reporter expert in technology for FRANCE INFO, Gérard Feldzer made the summary of high-tech best inventions of this Mondial Paris Motor Show 2018 and talked about NEXYAD real time Driving risk assessment module that can alert driver when risk rises too much and then reduce accident rate by 20%.

See text and listen to it in replay.

 

 

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NEXYAD and partners of the GROUPEMENT ADAS
at MONDIAL.TECH in PARIS

 

ADAS_Mondial

 

Groupement ADAS on their booth at MONDIAL.TECH.
Many good contacts for NEXYAD : potential OEMs, and other kinds of integrators for our 4 Artificial Intelligence software modules :
. SafetyNex : real time Driving risk assessment
. VisiNex : detection of lacks of visibility (fog, rain, sand, snow, …)
. RoadNex : detection of road borders and detection of free space
. ObstaNex : detection of obstacles (cars, …)

 

 

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NEXYAD CEO Speech at ORANGE Group

 

 

NEXYAD CEO speech at “Université des savoirs” of ORANGE Goup : Artificial Intelligence for Automotive

Gérard Yahiaoui talk on front of more than 120 head représentatives of ORANGE Group, october 4th in Clamart.
Program :
. What is Artificial Intelligence ?
. Techniques developed by AI Researchers
. Different between AI and Complex Automation
. Business Models of AI in big companies
. Example of SafetyNex (Real Time Driving Risk Assessment)
. Autonomous Vehicle
. Vocal Driving Assessment
. Customers Acquisition
. Conclusion

 

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2018 WORLD AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE
ECOSYSTEM CONFERENCE at SHANGHAI

 

INSA-Rouen

NEXYAD was kindly invited by ROSEDALE Products Engineering a Chinese Company to participate to this large event. We could discover the strongness of Chinese Automotive industry not well known in Europe, and appreciate kindness of officials of the organisation and chinese people in general. Many contacts were made for future business.

ROSEDALE Products Engineering

 

Shanghai-Conference

 

 

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Nexyad at INSA ROUEN for pedagogic chair
on intellignet connected vehicle

 

NEXYAD presented the story of professors, researchers and research engineers who decided to set up a company together (NEXYAD), and the result : 3 artificial perception software components, and a unique real time Driving risk software component, all Under integration by OEMs, Tier One Companies, Final Users, … NEXYAD will describe theoretical and practical aspects of those software componants in the next courses.

To read more click HERE

 

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Presentation of the SafetyNex technology by NEXYAD
at the INTEMPORA TECHDAY in Paris

 

This congress organized by INTEMPORA was impressive and gathered the French community of ADAS and Autonomous Driving around demos and presentations. Congrats to INTEMPORA.

To read more click HERE

 

 

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New Scientific Paper Accepted

 

 

“All-weather vision for automotive safety : which spectral band ?”
22nd Int. Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA 2018).

“Smart Systems for Clean, Safe and Shared Road Vehicles” BERLIN, 11-12 September 2018 Authors : N. Pinchon1, O. Cassignol2, A. Nicolas2, F. Bernardin3, P. Leduc4, J-P. Tarel5, R. Brémond5, E. Bercier6, J. Brunet7

1: VALEO, 34 rue Saint André 93012 Bobigny Cedex, France
2: SAFRAN E&D, 21 Avenue du Gros chêne 95610 Éragny Sur Oise, France
3: CEREMA, 8-10 rue Bernard Palissy 63017 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex 2, France
4: CEA / Léti – 17 rue des Martyrs – 38054 Grenoble cedex 9, France
5: Université Paris-Est, IFSTTAR, 14-20 Boulevard Newton, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France
6: ULIS, 364 Route de Valence, Actipole – CS 10027 – 38113 Veurey-Voroize, France
7: NEXYAD, 95 Rue Pereire 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

22nd International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA 2018)

 

 

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Nexyad presenting SafetyNex :application to car insurance
at Finance & Innovation Congress in Paris

 

GG_Finance_Innovation

 

SafetyNex Real Time Driving Risk Assessment is used by car insurers to alert driver and to reduce accident rate by 20%, including personal injuries. The ROI of SafetyNex is then very easy to calculate and it is phenomenal !

To read more click HERE

 

 

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Launch of Phase 4 of competitiveness clusters at Mov’eo

 

CEO of NEXYAD (also Vice President of the French research cluster for mobility « MOV’EO ») was discussing today at a round table with Delphine GENY-STEPHANN, French State Secretary (Minister) of Industry. This took place at MOV’EO headquarters location in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy, and it was about the future of French research clusters.
It’s been a very interesting information and points of view exchange session.
Thanks to Madame la Ministre.

To read more click HERE

 

 

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New Image Capture Campaign for RoadNex & ObstaNex

 

Camera_RoadNex

 

NEXYAD is starting a new image capture campaign in the summer heat of Paris suburb.

To read more click HERE

 

 

Nexyad Algorithms in Autonomous Vehicles

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #23, July 10th, 2018

 


Nexyad Algorithms in Autonomous Vehicles
 
 
Headlines :

– ISFM selected Nexyad algorithms

– SafetyNex episode 6 : Five use cases when your eyes or sensors are not enough

– Autonomous Driving Adaptative to situations with SafetyNex

– Broad Range Applications of Real Time Driving Risk Assessment

– Deep Learning for Onboard Applications: Hidden Trap

– SafetyNex and the “S” Curve Theory

– Congresses & Events

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ISFM selected Nexyad algorithms

 

NEXYAD is proud to announce that our Artificial Intelligence Algorithmes are used for Autonomous Driving Vehicles French High Tech Startup ISFM (Intelligent Systems for Mobility) selected Nexyad artificial intelligence algorithms for their Milla Smart Shuttle.

ISFM
ISFM is one of the companies selected by the Ubimobility 2018 program

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SafetyNex episode 6 :
Five use cases when your eyes or sensors are not enough
 

SafetyNex can save your life part 1: Rainy Curve


 
SafetyNex can save your life part 2: Tight Curve


 
SafetyNex can save your life part 3: Priority


 
SafetyNex can save your life part 4: Stop Sign


 
SafetyNex can save your life part 5: Pedestrians Crossing


 

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Autonomous Driving Adaptative to situations with SafetyNex

 
HOW TO MAKE YOUR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING (AD) ADAPTIVE TO SITUATIONS THAT WERE NOT IMAGINED BEFORE
 
The true function of an autonomous vehicle is to move you from a point A to a point B, as quicly as possible, in comfort and safety (road safety : without accident and even without near-misses). Let’s talk about road safety because it is the job of NEXYAD with the Artificial Intelligence module SafetyNex.
20 times per second, SafetyNex estimates the risk that the driver (Driver is your Autonomous Driving system) takes. In an open world, new situations will happen (not in the scope of your scenarios) and if your AD is not adapted, risk will rise and SafetyNex will detect it. It opens the door to new strategies :
. Simple adaptive response : “if risk too high then slow down” for instance
. Complex adaptive system with deep Learning : if the response led to risk rising it is not the proper one … well it sounds you can improve your AD and even let it learn while it is in use in real vehicles !!!
And you even can modulate easily aggressiveness of your AD (necessary in dense urban areas).
 
Adaptative Closed Loop with safetyNex

 

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Broad Range Applications of
Real Time Driving Risk Assessment

 
Driving risk is not predictable from the so called “black spots” location, or from only driving behaviour. Driving risk appears when driving behaviour is not adapted to driving context, and particular, to road infrastructure complexity. There is no inherently bad driving behaviour (it depends on WHERE you drive: a disused airport ? in front of a school ? approaching an intersection ? risk is different for all those case). There is no inherently dangerous infrastructure and all automotive projects that record “black spots” are doomed to failure : they are places where few drivers in the past had a driving behaviour that was not appropriate to infrastructure complexity, and they died in accident. Thousands, millions, of other drivers did not have any accident at this location. What will this information bring to YOU ? Nothing ! It is necessary to evaluate adequation of YOUR driving behaviour to infrastructure complexity.
An AI module does that 20 times per second: SafetyNex.
Driving risk computed by SafetyNex is a core notion with lots of different applications : car insurance, fleet management, commerce, ADAS, Autonomous Driving, Vocal Driving Assistants, …
 
SafetyNex Presentation Page

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Deep Learning for Onboard Applications: Hidden Trap

 
Now Deep Learning is used in onboard detection and pattern recognition applications. NEXYAD for instance uses Deep Learning in RoadNex (road detection without need of markings + detection of free space), and ObstaNex (obstacles detection).
But if you do not analyse your INDUSTRIAL project in detail, you may have bad surprises : everyone thinks he/she knows that the more numerous the training examples, the most accurate the KPIs. Let’s say you used 1 billion km to train and validate your Neural Network (NN) for computer vision. Now a new cam is launched on the market (32 bits per color, 10k) : If you want to use your NN, you will degrade quality of images and put them into your system. If you want to take advantage of your better camera, then you must capture 1 NEW billion km with the new cam and train a new NN.
NOT VERY INDUSTRIAL!
NEXYAD has developed a methodology to get same KPIs with a very picky compact database (easy to reshape the database with new sensors) : A.G.E.N.D.A. (Approche Générale des Etudes Neuronales pour le Développement d’Applications), published in scientific papers in the 90’s – yes – the 90’s by NEXYAD team.
 
Deep Learning Database Validation

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SafetyNex and the “S” Curve Theory

 
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DRIVING RISK AND ACCIDENT : THE “S” CURVE THEORY
 
Let’s say in a manufacture there is a very dangerous machine that may grind up your hand. If you are 10 km away from the machine, risk is “very” low. If you are 1 km away from the machine, risk is the same. If you are 10 m away from the machine … risk is still very low … but if you come closer (let’s say 10 cm), suddenly risk becomes high ! This is not linear. In road safety, the Artificial Intelligence algorithm SafetyNex estimates 20 times per second the driving risk you take, and many people ask about relationship between “risk you take” and “accident”. This relationship is not deterministic (probabilities must be used) : risk is not linked directly to accident but rather to accident frequency (or probability)… and the relationship is a non linear curve called a “S” curve as shown on the figure below. It is possible then to use it to alert human driver (Vocal Driving Assistants) or to control autonomous driving (Autonomous Vehicle) in order to keep risk under the threshold of the “S” curve or not too far after the threshold. SafetyNex was calibrated in order to have 95% of accident frequency just after the threshold (validated on 50 million km).



Click image to enlarge

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Congresses & Events

 

NEXYAD CEO on Mobility TV about Road Safety applied to AV

Use the YouTube translation to follow with your language.

Gérard YAHIAOUI, CEO of NEXYAD, participed in a TV show on Mobility TV about the Autonomous Vehicle, where he explained the value of SafetyNex for road safety applied to Autonomous Vehicle. The other guests were Jean-Pierre CARNEVALE, departement director for Ipsos, Abdelkrim DOUFENE from IRT SystemX, and Hervé GROS from SIA (automotive engineers society), the talk show was animated by Patrick ROGER for Auto K7.

First French Congress devoted to Autonomous Vehicles

Last 25-26 june, SIA and URF jointly organized the first French conference on the autonomous vehicle in order to cross the views of the whole scientific and technical communities : car manufacturers, suppliers, road infrastructures, telecommunications and transport operators in connection with the national and territorial public decision-makers.
200 experts, 4 sectors, a dozen of exhibitors, 38 interventions, keynotes by Anne-Marie Idrac (AV special adviser), Cédric Villani (AI special adviser) and Luc Chatel (President of PFA), 1 round table of industrial leaders and the public sector, or how to draw up the state of the art for the biggest technological change in mobility and transport.

The goal is to accelerate the capacity for innovation everyone to serve everyone, by bringing all stakeholders together under the aegis of the most relevant experts for the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.

Gerard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad was invited to talk about SafetyNex on a focus about Intelligent Onboard Technologies.

Gerard Yahiaoui at SIA Conference
Gérard Yahiaoui explaining SafetyNex
 

A.I. key of profitability Conference at TNP
TNP logo

 
This thursday 14th june, TNP, a consulting firm specializing in business transformation, inaugurated its new generation start-up accelerator! The audience follow interesting conference about Artificial Intelligence in Mobility field.

– Benoit Ranini, TNP : Introduction
– Philippe Giry-Deloison : Conseiller municipal de Neuilly sur Seine
– Stéphane Mallard : Artificial Intelligence, Get ready for disruption
– Juliette Girard, Renault & Adrian Pellegrini, Blue DME : Feedback on futuristic car dealership
– Gérard Yahiaoui, Nexyad : Intelligence on board with SafetyNex
– Demo and business dating with TNP Accelerator’s start-ups

Gerard Yahiaoui
Gérard Yahiaoui, CEO of Nexyad
 

The European Mobility Exhibition 2018
 

TP 2018

 
Transports Publics, the European Mobility Exhibition, is the not-to-bemissed biennial exhibition for all the key players in public transport and sustainable mobility from across Europe. Over 11,000 highly qualified participants come together over three days in Paris to discuss the latest innovations for urban, interurban and regional transport, as well as green mode transport.
Transports Publics is recognised as the leading European showcase for innovations in equipment, services and policies relating to the entire mobility sector, bringing together leading European decision-makers from transport and politics.

Smart-Vision

 
This year, we could see for the first time, the new technology for rear-vision on buses,coaches and trucks : the camera-based system instead of mirrors. We visited Vision Systems booth that is the first firm to propose such system with its Smart-Vision product.
Smart-Vision allows to save about 5% gas consumption, that reduces CO2 emissions; the cockpit screens for driver are much more efficient than mirrors, they eliminate sun glare or reflexion problems and of vehicles lights, and they increase visibility at night and tunnel conditions.
This solution has been integrated in Heuliez and Irizar buses as shown on the exhibition, and public transportation operators companies in Europe have already adopted Smart-Vision.
Vision Systems also shown a lidar perception system around vehicle called Savety-Front for collision avoidance.

Navya

 
The trend of 2018 was on electrification for buses in particular, and public transporation in general.
Autonomous pod or shuttle was not yet present except outside with Navya.

Lohr Pod
Cristal by Lohr
 

Autonomous Vehicle World Expo 2018 Report
 

Logo

 
For the third consecutive time the Groupement ADAS (cluster) was present to the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo at Messe Stuttgart 5-7 june 2018. Intempora and Nexyad represented the french-canadian cluster sponsorised by Mov’eo Imagine Mobility.
Edition 2018 was quite good, we propose a focus on some companies we saw to the convention.
 
Nexyad_Veoneer

 
The Elektrobit
industry experts came to share their experience on how to effectively manage a functional and open HAD software architecture on an adaptive AUTOSAR infrastructure. They were keen to demonstrate how the functional software architecture with open interfaces and software modules is integrated on a high-performance microcontroller using an AUTOSAR adaptive middleware. In addition to the functional challenges, the transmission of integrity levels of automotive safety could be explained to you. EB booth visitors could appreciate why the advantage of combining an open software framework for automated driving with a reliable operating environment reduces time-to-market due to fast integration and first system-level testing.

ESI Group is a leading innovator in the field of virtual prototyping software and services. A specialist in materials physics, ESI has developed a unique skill to help industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes with virtual prototypes, enabling them to manufacture, assemble, certify and pre-certify their future products. Coupled with the latest technologies, ESI now wants to anchor virtual prototyping in the broader product performance lifecycle concept, which addresses the operational performance of a product throughout its life cycle, from launch to disposal. The creation of a hybrid twin, based on simulation, physics and data analysis, allows manufacturers to deliver more readable and connected products.

Sigra Technologies was exhibiting its autonomous driving system, its components and services called Deep Einstein. Its products range from drive-by-wire embedded systems to decision-making based on a deep neural network. The company believes that an approach based on deep learning is the best way to handle hard-to-solve cases using traditional algorithms. During the exhibition, Sigra presented its new system for the demonstration of autonomous driving.

StreetDrone is an ambitious UK self-driving startup with a rich automotive, motorsport and entrepreneurial DNA. The streetDrone team is passionate about putting the AV revolution into the hands of the many , not just the few, providing the platform , data management system and functional safety, thereby allowing businesses and institutions to focus on their own development goals without having to worry about the cost and complication of vehicle hardware and systems engineering. StreetDrone is enabling the next generation of engineering to be involved in what is the most exciting area of technology today.

Veoneer is a leading system supplier for ADAS autonomous driving AD and advanced brake control solutions, and a market leader in automotive safety electronics products. With one of the oadest product portfolios in the larket, Veoneer is the forefront of innovation in the current revolution of the automotive industry. Veoneer takes on the challenge of automation and human-machine tion as vehicles become increasly intelligent.

Elektrobit
Vector informatik is a leading manufacturer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from CAN to automotive Ethernet. Vector has been a partner of automotive manufacturers and suppliers and related industries since 1988; Its tools and services provide engineers with the decisive advantage to make a challenging and highly complex subject area as simple and manageable as possible. Worldwide customers in the automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, transportation and control technology industries rely on the solutions and products of the independent Vector Group for the development of future mobility.

The four algorithms products of Nexyad are now well known by automotive profesionals. Numerus companies worldwide integrated SafetyNex the on board Driving risk assessment in real time, combinable with the three camera-based modules: RoadNex for road detection (edges of road and bitumen free space); ObstaNex for obstacles detection (vehicles and pedestrians); and VisiNex for visibility measurement (fog and heavy rains detection, reliability, distance of visibility, etc.)

Groupement ADAS
 

MOV’EO Imaging Mobility Forum 2018
 

Imaging Mobility Forum by MOV’EO, June 7th 2018 at ESTACA, Campus Paris-Saclay.
“Innovation Hubs : a new deal for efficient mobility”
 

Luc Chatel - Rémi Bastien

Luc Chatel, PFA President                                             Rémi Bastien, Mov’eo President

 
– Mov’eo General Assembly – 2017 Management & Financial report
– Keynote : opening by Luc CHATEL, Chairman, French Automotive Industry & Mobilities, Former French Secretary of State for Industry
– Tech Sessions : Blockchain: the ultimate bypassing. New Eldorado for mobility or just a buzz?
Smart Grid: the key for electric mobility solutions ?
ESTACA’LAB research activities on intelligent, clean and safe transport
 
 
Conference : Innovation Hubs : a new deal for efficient mobility

 
– Introduction by Rémi Bastien, Mov’eo Chairman & Ludovic Busson, ESTACA Chairman
– Keynote : Richard Dujardin, CEO France, Transdev & Patrick Pelata, Chairman, Meta Consulting LLC
– Roundtable – European clusters :

Rémi BASTIEN, VP Automotive Prospective, Groupe Renault, Chairman of Mov’eo & VEDECOM Institute
Leo KUSTERS, Managing Director, AutomotiveNL
Maren LOUCHET, International Cooperation, e-mobil BW
Laura MORGAGNI, CEO, Torino Wireless
 

Groupement ADAS
Adaccess demo car                                             Groupement ADAS Booth
 

4 disruptive AI algorithms for automotive mobility by NEXYAD

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #22, April 17th, 2018

 


4 disruptive AI algorithms for automotive mobility by NEXYAD

Headlines :
– SafetyNex episode 4 : Driving Risk Assessment for Automotive (Driving Assistant, ADAS, Autonomous Driving)

– CNEJITA Seminar on Artificial Intelligence: who will be responsible ?

– SafetyNex : driving robot maybe will mitigate human errors, but first they have to imitate good drivers

– “Theory of Water Flush” and Impact on the Prevention of Accidents for Autonomous Vehicles

– 4 disruptive AI algorithms for automotive mobility

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SafetyNex episode 4:
Driving Risk Assessment for Automotive
(Driving Assistant, ADAS, Autonomous Driving)

 
The new video on SafetyNex, on board driving risk assessment in real time.



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CNEJITA Seminar on Artificial Intelligence:
who will be responsible ?

 
April 10th, CNEJITA (National Company of Legal Experts on Computer Science and Associated Techniques) organized a Seminar, whose objective is to determine the responsibility in terms of artificial intelligence through the understanding of technology and the dialogue with the actors of the sector.
It is therefore around this theme of topicality and future which is the artificial intelligence that the best experts in terms of computing met at the Commercial Court of Paris.

AI: concepts, technological breakthroughs and new risks
– Understanding the Concepts and Landscape of AI – Jean-Claude HEUDIN (Artificial-Creature.com – Teacher Researcher in AI)
– IA: state of play and perspectives – Jean-Philippe DESBIOLLES (IBM head of France IA WATSON)

Roundtable – Which Expertise fo AI ? was animated by Serge MIGAYRON (Honorary President of CNEJITA)
– The acceptability and limits of IA – JA CAUSSE (CNEJITA Expert)
– The Autonomous Vehicle and Traceability of IA – Jean-Louis LEQUEUX (Former President of VeDeCoM Tech)
– Auditability and risk control in the design of an IA – Gérard YAHIAOUI (NEXYAD)
– Evolution of the world of insurance, towards an objective responsibility – Nicolas HELENON (Co-manager Firm NEO TECH Assurances)

Roundtable – The Legal Challenges of AI. Animation – A MEILLASSOUX (ATM Lawyers – President of AFDIT)

– Introduction to Classical and New AI Concepts by Law: Applicable Regime and Evidence – L SZUSKIN (BAKER McKENZIE Lawyer)
– Tort liability in the face of AI: adaptation of traditional categories or creation of a responsibility specific to AI? – P GLASER (Lawyer TAYLOR WESSING)
– Contractual liability in the face of the IA: risk management during the contractualization of an IA system – FP LANI (DERRIENNIC Associate Lawyer)
– Synthesis on the current legal landscape – G de MONTEYNARD (Attorney General at the Court of Cassation)

Colloque CNEJITA
Gérard YAHIAOUI, CEO of NEXYAD

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SafetyNex : driving robot maybe will mitigate human errors,
but first they have to imitate good drivers

 
BEWARE with the statistics : “94% of severe personal damage accidents are due to human errors” doesn’t mean that you’ll save 94% of severe accident with autonomous driving : drivers do not only make mistakes they also drive well (1 accident every 70 000 km, 3 dead every billion km – OCDE) … It is important to study also good driving and near misses (when driver has the right behaviour to avoid accident or to mitigate severity)… That’s what NEXYAD did during 15 years of research programs on road safety ^^ (that led to SafetyNex). See image (if you do not provide the “green” features, you will lose lives more than you gain with your driverless car. Our AI algorithm SafetyNex was made for this.

Example of risk tree

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“Theory of Water Flush” and Impact on the Prevention of Accidents for Autonomous Vehicles

 
“THEORY OF WATER FLUSH” AND IMPACT ON THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS
FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

by NEXYAD

INTRODUCTION
Let’s suppose that the flush does not exist in our toilets, and then let’s suppose that engineers able to create complex systems or even “systems of systems” are consulted to invent it, and that they apply exactly the same method than they do in the field of ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles.

Water Flush Vs Automotive Engineers

METHOD OF SCENARIOS
We propose to apply the method of scenarios, which consists in crossing all the factors that can modify the situation, then in each case of the complete combination, propose a solution. For this, it is necessary to note the number of possible shapes for the tank, the possible volumes, all the possible locations for the water supply entry, the possible diameters of the inlet pipe, the flow rates and possible pressures of water, the possible residual water levels before filling. We can generate the combinatorial of these factors, which allows us to generate all the possible scenarios of the “flush” problem. In each case, it is possible to give a solution, namely, the duration of filling of the tank (opening and closing of the water tap).

This approach is fully compatible with deep learning, which will also interpolate between two reference cases (quality of interpolation/generalization to be controlled, of course) if characteristics had to drift over time. Of course, the tank must integrate a system of sensors to evaluate the configuration (diameter of pipe, pressure of water, position pipe, capacity of the tank, etc …). We can use a camera, lasers, ultrasounds, etc. So that this recognition of situation is as accurate as possible. For such an approach, automation/control engineers talk about open-loop (feed forward) control because the data flow is as follows:

Open Loop

COST AND ROBUSTNESS OF THE SCENARIOS METHOD
It is easy to understand that the flush thus designed will be perfectly functional (there is no reason for it does not work), but for a high cost due to the sensors to integrate. Similarly, the robustness of the system to a measurement error or to a bad situation recognition is not guaranteed : we can very good to fill too much or not enough. The accuracy of the configuration case recognition is very important.


SOLUTION OF WATER FLUSH IN THE REAL WORLD
If you have the curiosity to disassemble your flush, you will notice that it is much simpler than the system described above: A float indicates when the water supply valve should be closed. The figure is as follows:

Closed Loop

Automation engineers call this a closed loop control (servo control). The feed forward “open” control is reduced to “open the tap thoroughly without worrying about the flow of water, the volume of the tank, and turn off the tap as soon as the float asks for it “. Note that this method works regardless of the configuration of the flush : we do not even need to know the volume of the tank that can be modified (for example: by filling half of the tank with glass beads) without affecting the operation of the flush. It is a robust and cheap system.


TRANSCRIPT OF THESE REMARKS IN THE FIELD OF ADAS AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES:
SERVO CONTROL IN DECISION

The information processing chain of the autonomous vehicle follows the general feed forward form :
NEXYAD has developed the SafetyNex system which dynamically estimates in real time the risk that the driver (human or artificial) takes. However, the autonomous vehicle may be functionally specified as follows:

AD feeding

“transport someone from point A to point B as quickly as possible, and safely.”

The “quickly” aspect is the historical business of the automobile. The “safely” notion integrates intrinsic safety of the system (its dependability: it should not explode, sensors or power supply may not be disabled, etc.), and since it is a vehicle, its ability to move with a good road safety, that is to say by “not taking too much risk in driving”. Since SafetyNex estimates this driving risk dynamically and in real time, it can be said that SafetyNex is a dynamic indicator of “SOTIF” (Safety Of The Intended Function). SafetyNex acts as a “driving risk float” : when the risk arrives at the maximum accepted level (like the float of the flush) we stop the action that raised the risk (example: we stop accelerating or we slow down). Thus, the response of an autonomous driving system is made adaptive (at the decision level) : even if the feed forward open loop is not perfect, it can correct itself to take into account, among other things, the instruction and the measure of driving risk. This system is completely independent of the automatic driving system in terms of information processing, so it represents redundancy of processing.

SafetyNex uses to estimate risk :

. risk due to inadequacy of driving behaviour to the difficulties of the infrastructure : navigation map, GPS, accelerometers

. risk due to inadequacy of driving behaviour to the presence of other road users (cars, pedestrians, …) : data extracted from the sensors (camera, lidar, radar, etc) such as “time to collision”, “inter distance (in seconds)”, number of vulnerables around, etc.

. risk due to inadequacy of driving behaviour to weather conditions: in particular to atmospheric visibility (fog, rain, snow, sand, penumbra). Knowing that when visibility is low, vehicle must pay more attention (and slow down) even if this autonomous vehicle is not impacted by the decrease in visibility (if it only uses a lidar for example) because the avoidance of an accident is done at the same time by the two protagonists : if one of them (pedestrian, human driver), does not see the autonomous vehicle, then it finds itself only to be able to avoid the accident, which doubles the probabilities of a potential accident.

. other

The use of SafetyNex allows to make adaptive an artificial intelligence of autonomous driving, on the following diagram :

Adapt Closed loop AI

If you have a lean computer, then you only apply one loop between t and (t+1) as it is shown on the figure. If you have a powerful computer, you can then even simulate a big number of decisions and take the less risky one (like automaticians do with predictive control systems). Of course, SafetyNex is only ONE way to close the loop (on a crucial notion : driving risk). This figure may be extanded to other variables of contol that make sense for an autonomous vehicle. More complex adaptation rules may switch from a decision to another if risk simulation shows that finally it is less risky (ex : slow down or turn wheel ?).


CONCLUSION
SafetyNex uses the map in addition to sensors (same sensors as the driving system or parallel tracks) and does not need to accurately identify the situation but instead to estimate a risk (this is a different task). SafetyNex is a knowledge-based AI system (knowledge extracted from human experts in road safety, from 19 countries – Europe Japan USA – who validated the system over 50 million km. Total research program duration : 15 years). This technology is still being improved, of course, but it can already be integrated into autonomous vehicles and avoid a large number of accidents by its ability to make the system adaptive to unknown situations. In particular, in the case of autonomous urban vehicles (autonomous shuttles, robot taxis), the adaptation of driving behaviour to complexity of infrastructure is made possible by SafetyNex, which decodes this complexity by reading the navigation map in front of the vehicle. SafetyNex makes the autonomous vehicle anticipate more by following “rules of safety” : with SafetyNex emergency situations (that still will need emergency braking and other emergency actions) become much more rare. Autonomous vehicle acts like an experienced cautious driver. Note : if you modulate Maximum Accepted Risk, then you modulate aggressiveness of the autonomous vehicle. This might make sense not to let the autonomous vehicle trapped in complex human driving situations (where the autonomous vehicle would stopped indefinitly).

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4 disruptive AI algorithms for automotive mobility

 

. ObstaNex detects obstacles with a simple cam (a la Mobileye).
What is disruptive ?
ObstaNex runs in real time on a regular smartphone… it means it doesn’t need a big computing power to run. It can be trained/re trained on a “small database” using the methodology A.G.E.N.D.A. (Approche Générale des Etudes Neuronales pour le Développement d’Applications or General Approach of Neuronal Studies for Application Development) – important is you improve your cam !
 



. RoadNex detects drivable part of the lane borders and free space.
What is disruptive ?
RoadNex works even in the Streets of old cities as Paris, London or Roma, and it runs in real time on a regular smartphone. it means it doesn’t need a big computing power to run.
 



. VisiNex detects lacks of visibility (fog, heavy rain, snow, sand storm …).
What is disruptive ?
VisiNex is an artificial vision tool which is correlated with human perception. If there is something to see, VisiNex is able to give a score of visibility. Except Daimler, we haven’t seen such a military background-based detection elsewhere.



. SafetyNex is the only fusion Artificial Intelligence algorithm (sensor + map fusion) that estimates driving risk dynamically and in real time.
What is disruptive?
SafetyNex allows to have an explicit value of driving risk. It is a total revolution for car insurers, fleet managers, and autonomous driving engineers. These algorithms are already under integration into products for telematics /connected car, ADAS, Autonomous Vehicle.


Artificial Intelligence for Automotive with SafetyNex

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #21, March 19th, 2018

 


Artificial Intelligence for Automotive with SafetyNex

Headlines :
– CAC Conference 2018 on Connected Car in Paris

– NEXYAD SafetyNex in Media

– The value of driving risk notion for Telematics, ADAS and Autonomous Driving

– SafetyNex and the compliance Package of CONNECTED VEHICLES AND PERSONAL DATA

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CAC Conference 2018 on Connected Car in Paris

 
The Connected Automotive Conference, held March 13, 2018 in Paris, is the French reference in conference on the connected vehicle.
Several themes were discussed around selected guests:
– What is the innovation “Made in France”? Decryption of the latest advances and ongoing pilot projects that will bring major changes in the field of mobility.
– New expectations of the French. Analysis of the latest studies conducted with citizens and put in perspective with the results around the world.
Which ADAS will integrate the automobile tomorrow? After smart parking and cameras, what driving assistants will be used in tomorrow’s vehicles and for what use?
– How will AI change the lives of motorists? From GAFA to start-ups, everyone dreams of designing the intelligent assistant of the motorist. The relationship with the brand will be transformed.
Then, followed interview, key-note, startup contest and experts workshops, all day long.

Gérard YAHIAOUI, CEO of Nexyad, was invited to participate at the conference as an expert in Articicial Inteligence, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Highly Automated Driving.

CAC Paris 2018

To know more about the conference (in French language)

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NEXYAD SafetyNex in Media

 
Here is a news in French press that talks about the Academic Chair that the cluster of startups and SMEs « MOVEO Groupement ADAS » organized with INSA Rouen.
NEXYAD is part of this cluster of high-tech startups and SMIs (on ADAS, connected car, and autonomous driving) and is quoted in this article of Journal du Net (French spoken), they interviewed Mr Aziz Benrshair, director of the “Autonomous and Connected Vehicle” Academic Chair launched by INSA Rouen :
Comment ces partenaires contribuent-ils concrètement ?

“Ils assurent environ 50% de l’enseignement. Des experts de ces entreprises viennent enseigner sous forme de TP ou de TD. Ils transmettent leur savoir faire et expliquent les projets sur lesquels ils travaillent. La société Sherpa Engineering est par exemple intervenue sur les questions d’actionneurs, de prise de décision et de commande automatique. Nexyad a abordé l’analyse du comportement du conducteur, proposée par sa solution d’évaluation des risques d’accidents SafetyNex. Des partenaires historiques extérieurs à cette chaire, comme Valeo ou Vedecom, sont également intervenus.”

Aziz Benrshair
Aziz Benrshair

Reed the entire news

Others news about the Academic Chair : Normandinamik & paris-normandie.fr


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The value of driving risk notion
for Telematics, ADAS and Autonomous Driving

 
The value of driving risk notion for Telematics, ADAS and Autonomous Driving.

by NEXYAD

Every year, more than 25.000 persons die on roads in Europe which has the safest infrastructures anyway. Brasil, Russia, USA, have more fatalities and the situation is worst in development countries. Everywhere people are aware by these risk for their health or life. Driving can be dangerous for drivers and passengers, however most of people accept these risk fairly minimal (in average three dead by billion km in OECD countries) for all advantages of fast point to point terrestrial mobility. But by the way, what is exactly what people use to call driving risk?

Let’s take an example, if someone plays Russian roulette: probability to die is one on six when one pulls the trigger. If one decides finally not to play, probability to die with a bullet in the head disappears completely. If you pull the trigger, risk to die is 100% (although probability is 1/6).
Another example: if a car is static parked into garage, then driving risk is zero. On the opposite, if a car passes a stop sign at 20km/h, driving risk taken by the driver is equal to 100%: driver takes the full risk). Probability depends on the traffic at the intersection.

More generally, driving risk taken by driver (and we talk about “the risk you take” a priori) will goes from 0 to 100% depending on the adequate of driving behaviour to driving context. This driving context has several dimensions: complexity of infrastructure, traffic of other road users, weather conditions, etc. Inadequate of driving behaviour to complexity of infrastructure can predict 75% of accident.

Read the entire article



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SafetyNex and the compliance Package of
CONNECTED VEHICLES AND PERSONAL DATA

 
In march 2018, french CNIL will publish the final version of the Compliance Package for the Connected Vehicles and Personal Data.

NEXYAD appears in the list of Bodies consulted by the CNIL (p.3). An interesting article about the collected data shows that SafetyNex is fully compliant with french law and recommendations for European Union (p.25).

Extract :

DATA COLLECTED

The data control shall only collect personal data that are strictly necessary for the processing. In the case of a contract for the provision of services, the only data that can be collected are those that are essential for the provision of service.

Concerning data relating to criminal offences:

For purpose 1 (model optimisation and product improvement) and 3 (commercial use of the vehicle’s data): except in the case of specific legal provision, data that are likely to reveal criminal offences shall not be processed by legal persons who do not administer a public service,
except to defend their rights in court. However, that data can be processed locally, directly in the vehicle, in accordance with scenario No. 1, in order to give the user control over that particularly sensitive data and limit as much as possible the consequences on privacy.

strong caracters are made by Nexyad

Reminder: onboard systems, telematics devices or smartphone Apps, which collect speed and location data, allow easily to make reconstruction of criminal offences.

Read the Compliance Package of Connected Vehicles and Personal Data

Pack de conformité véhicules connectés de la CNIL


NEXYAD at CES 2018 in Las Vegas

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #20, January 22th, 2018

 


NEXYAD at CES 2018 in Las Vegas

Headlines :

– CES 2018 Nexyad Report

– SafetyNex animated video of a use case : The Car Insurer’s Choice

– Nexyad in media

– SafetyNex can bring Artificial Intelligence into Autopilots in respect of ASIL ISO 26262

– Nexyad team wishes you an happy New Year 2018

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CES 2018 Nexyad Report

For the second time, NEXYAD went to CES (2018) in Las Vegas (from 9th to 12th of Jan).

Paris CDG AirportArrival at Las VegasTakeoff at Paris CDG Airport                                         Arrival in Las Vegas
 
Flight to Vegas from Paris is long but it’s worth the trip for a high-tech startup like NEXYAD.

Of course, for NEXYAD, it is the year of deployment in series for our onboard software modules (Connected car/Car telematics, ADAS, Autopilots, Drive and Car sharing), and especially for SafetyNex (estimation of driving risk 20 times per second), and we had organized for a while 6 meetings per day : ADAS and Telematics OEMs that are already currently integrating SafetyNex, and of course new prospects. Very good new contacts too with qualifies prospects from the USA, Japan, Europe.
We also got some interest for RoadNex that integrates a computer vision based free space detection that works perfectly for large round abouts and intersections. We brought a real time RoadNex implementation into an android smartphone (using the smartphone cam and CPU) and we could do some real time demos that show that RoadNex works in a regular smartphone in real time (for those who care of CPU consumption) :


This year we had a barrow on the LeddarTech booth located at Central Plaza, close to Faurecia, Valeo, Google, Visteon, etc … : LeddarTech is member of the MOV’EO Groupement ADAS, and the whole Groupement was part of the « LeddarTech ecosystem » showcase area.

LeddarTech BoothGroupement ADAS DeskLeddar Ecosystem Pavillon at LVCC                               Groupement ADAS Desk

We also used some time slots to do our homeworks on Business Intelligence and visited many boothes including competitors of NEXYAD.
From this visits we could extract some heavy trends : of course, CES deals with quite EVERY subject, then we focused on mobility and what is connected to mobility issues.
First, we must notice that 2018 is THE year of Lidar :
Of course, our partner LeddarTech, but also many other solutions from Startups to Major automotive companies :

Lidar LeddarTech   LeddarTech;                                       
 
Lidar InnovizLidar Velodyne   Innoviz                                                                           Velodyne
 
Lidar QuanergyLidar Pioneer   Quanergy                                                                       Pioneer
 
Startup II-VIAEye   Startup II – VI                                                                      Startup AEye
 

Toyota
Toyota



Another heavy trend is smart cities :

Itron (Energy issues)                                                         Deloitte (Complete systems and strategy)
 
LoRa (IOT)                                                                       Ericsson (Telecom 5G)
 
Mobility was a big part of Smart Cities and Urban mobility this year in Las Vegas.
Some soft mobility solutions (electric and connected 2-wheels vehicles) :

Ujet                                                                                   Genze
 
And of course, autonomous shuttles were numerous this year :

Navya                                                                              IBM (Olli)

Toyota (ePalette)                                                            Transdev

                                         Startup ISFM (MILLA) © MILLA is an innovation from ISFM
 
As you may notice, you can find shuttles from : a pure leader player, an IT major firm, a major car manufacturer, a major operator of urban mobility, and a high-tech startup.
 
At least, another completely new trend is the autonomous flying vehicles :

Volocopter


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SafetyNex animated video of a use case :
The Car Insurer’s Choice

SafetyNex by NEXYAD is a Driving Risk Assessment App/API for prevention (accompanied driving, young drivers, individuals, professional drivers, seniors) in every kind of 4 wheels vehicle. SafetyNex is worth for UBI (risk profiles, usage profiles) at the end of every trip; reduction of costs (lower rate of accident and in particular of personal injuries + transformation of some severe personal injuries accidents into material accidents); Detection of behaviour modifications in time and Distraction detection (mobile phone …) : under implementation.

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Nexyad in media

Rémi Bastien interview, the new President of competitive cluster Mov’eo and also President of VEDECOM Institute and VP Automotive Prospective of Renault Group.

    For English subtitles click the button on the video

Mov’eo is a Mobility and Automotive R&D competitiveness cluster, which since 2006 has been mobilizing its energies at the service of its members to meet the objectives assigned by the State to competitiveness clusters: to foster the development of collaborative projects between members, to contribute to development in the regions of companies, in particular SMES, and to promote innovation in the sector.

Created in february 2014, VEDECOM is a French Institute for Public-Private Partnership Research and Training dedicated to individual, carbon-free and sustainable mobility.

The new MOV’EO President quote NEXYAD SafetyNex at the beginning of its intervention…

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SafetyNex can bring Artificial Intelligence into Autopilots
in respect of ASIL ISO 26262

SafetyNex integration in the ASIL 26262.

SafetyNex Asil 26262
© NEXYAD 2017

Complex Automation MUST be ASIL ISO 26262.
Artificial Intelligence CANNOT BE ASIL ISO 26262 (by definition) and acts only on parameters of Complex Automation doing ++/– – variations, never skipping « reflexes actions » (emergency braking, etc), but allowing anticipation speed adaptation to reduce frequency of emergency situations (and then give more margin to reflexes actions and also improve comfort). Maximum acceptable Driving Risk can be changed depending on driving situation in order to set « aggressivity level» of HAV.

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Nexyad team wishes you an happy New Year 2018

Greetings 2018

Nexyad at CES 2018 January 8-12
in Las Vegas

NEXYAD Automotive & Transportation Newsletter #19, November 29th, 2017

 


Nexyad at CES 2018 January 8-12 – Las Vegas

Headlines :

– Come to meet Nexyad at CES 2018 in Las Vegas – January 8-12

– NEXYAD giving the award of the best Insurtech startup «prix coup de cœur des assureurs 2017»,
organized by Cercle LAB (Laboratoire Banque Assurance) at Allianz Tower in Paris La Défense

– Nexyad invited speaker at UNESCO Conference on Artificial Intelligence : use case of autonomous vehicle

– SafetyNex driving risk assessment (20 times per second while driving): anticipation of danger

– INTEMPORA and NEXYAD, members of MOVEO Groupement ADAS interviewed on BFM Business (Major French TV)

– Bitumen Free Space Detection by Nexyad RoadNex module in real time on a Smartphone

– Nexyad on Groupement ADAS booth at Equip’Auto 2017

– Validation of ADAS Nexyad Database with ground reality

– Individual driving risk assessment and car insurance : what applications ? what business models ?

– SafetyNex can bring Artificial Intelligence into Autopilots in respect of ASIL ISO 26262

– Welcome to YOGOKO, new member of “MOV’EO” Groupement ADAS cluster

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Come to meet Nexyad at CES 2018 in Las Vegas (Jan 8-12)

CES 2018

Nexyad invite you to visit us at the Leddar Ecosystem Pavillion at East LVCC – Central Plaza (booth CP-23)
If you want to reserve a meeting slot, please contact us at nexyadCES2018@nexyad.net

CES 2018 East LVCC - Central Plaza Map

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NEXYAD giving the award of the best Insurtech startup
« prix coup de cœur des assureurs 2017»,
organized by Cercle LAB (Laboratoire Banque Assurance)
at Allianz Tower in Paris La Défense

Nexyad CEO at Cercle Lab

Gerard Yahiaoui at Cercle Lab

Last year Nexyad won the special prize “Coup de Cœur” by french insurers of Cercle Lab with SafetyNex the driving risk assessment App in real time. For this, Gerard Yahiaoui CEO of Nexyad handed the 2017 new prize to the winner KAP-Code represented by Adel Mebarki. Kap-Code is dedicated to improve the care of chronic diseases and the detection of drug safety signals on social networks thruth 3 solutions : helping patients and health advisors with connected objects, Digital Health that allows profesionals to provide care for their patients and harnessing Big Data for science.

Adel Mebarki of Kap-Code
Adel Mebarki, head of innovation of Kap-Code


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Nexyad invited speaker at UNESCO Conference on
Artificial Intelligence : use case of autonomous vehicle

Nexyad CEO Gérard Yahiaoui A.I. expert was invited to speak (invited paper) in a conference in Paris on Artificial Intelligence (JNI/IESF, Under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017 Oc 19). He talked about Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Vehicle : “Intelligence Artificielle pour le Véhicule Autonome, et exemple de réalisation : SafetyNex”. Very interesting papers during this day showing a broad range of AI applications (automotive, fashion, HR management, Legal, …). More than 400 people in the audience.

Unesco AI Congress

Gerard Yahiaoui explaning difference between A.I. and complex automation for autonomous driving


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SafetyNex driving risk assessment
(20 times per second while driving): anticipation of danger

SafetyNex estimates driving risk 20 times per second, during driving (real time).
On the following figure, you can see risk rising when approaching a stop sign with an inappropriate car speed :

Example of driving 1
Speed of the car is quite high before the STOP sign and Risk goes to the maximum with a vocal alarm to the driver which have time to slow down or brake to stop.

This estimation is computed INSIDE the local device (inside the car). Current implementation is on smartphones (IOS and Android), then computing of risk is completely done INSIDE the smartphone : that makes SafetyNex compliant with all driver’s privacy regulations and laws in Europe.

Click to read the entire article

See here 3 more use cases

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INTEMPORA and NEXYAD, members of MOVEO Groupement ADAS on BFM Business (Major French TV)

1st Nov 2017, the Tech & Co tv show on the subject : will self-driving car come sooner than expected ?
Nicolas du Lac & Gerard Yahiaoui

Nicolas du Lac & Gerard Yahiaoui

Nicolas du LAC, INTEMPORA, and Gerard YAHIAOUI, NEXYAD, presented their innovations and explained how the MOVEO Groupement ADAS helps to be stronger for their innovative startups.
Nicolas talked about RT-MAPS that is a software tool for R&D, making easy the task of developing applications with multiple sensors (cameras, lidar, radar, …) that of course are not synchronized and that must collaborate through algorithms of sensor fusion in order to get good objects detection and recognition.
Gerard talked about SafetyNex that is an onboard real time module that is the only module in the world that can estimate driving risk 20 times per second. Self-driving car can then know the risk it takes with and it simplifies the development of autopilot (example : “if risk too high then slow down”).


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Bitumen Free Space Detection
by Nexyad RoadNex on Smartphone

RoadNex detects free space on road with negative detection of obstacles as vehicle on the video below.



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Nexyad present with Groupement ADAS at Equip’Auto 2017

Equip'Auto_Groupement ADAS

Philippe Orvain, CEO of Nomadic Solutions

Nexyad was present with Groupement ADAS at Equip’Auto Congress in Paris. Groupement ADAS is a SME’s cluster : 10 companies with expertise in the field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Connected car and Autonomous vehicle. Philippe Orvain CEO of Nomadic Solutions and competitiveness cluster MOV’EO Vice President has responsed to journalist Laurent Meillaud on Congress TV channel.

Watch Philippe Orvain interview on the congress channel with SafetyNex video demo :



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Validation of ADAS Nexyad Database with ground reality

Etiquetage

Free space ground reality (for RoadNex) and obstacles ground reality (for ObstaNex)



The NEXYAD company is currently developing the construction of a database for the validation of systems of driver assistance and driving delegation, (ADAS and Autonomous car) using the AGENDA methodology published in the 1990s by Gérard Yahiaoui in the field of machine learning and artificial neural networks applications. Here is an example of ground reality : ground reality is needed in order to automate performance / KPIs measurement when you modify the perception system.(methodology initially intended to handle, among other things, the construction of learning databases and tests for the implementation of neural networks).

This database has two essential characteristics:

1) Real-life situations
     Indeed, the AGENDA methodology recommends describing the possible variations of signals and input images as factors of variability and their crosses.
     Example, for obstacle detection:
          . weather (dry weather, sunny weather, rain, fog)          . overall brightness (low, medium, high)
          . vehicle speed (low, moderate, high)
          . type of road (motorway, road with marking, road without marking, …)
          . coating (bitumen 1, bitumen 2, …, pavers)
          . day / night (car headlights and infrastructure lighting)
          . season (spring, summer, autumn, winter)
          . etc.

NEXYAD’s ambition is to propagate its methodological expertise and to enable everyone to evaluate the performance of vision systems for ADAS, be they systems developed by NEXYAD or others.

Click to read the entire article

References
Methodology for ADAS Validation: The Potential Contribution of Other Scientific Fields Which Have Already Answered the Same Questions”, Gérard Yahiaoui, Pierre Da Silva Dias, CESA congress Dec 2014, Paris, Proc. Springer Verlag

“Methods and tools for ADAS validation”, Gérard Yahiaoui, Nicolas du Lac, Safetyweek congress, May 2015, Aschaffenburg

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Individual driving risk assessment and car insurance :
what applications ? what business models ?

As many people know now, NEXYAD has been developing the first real time driving risk assessment system called SafetyNex.

SafetyNex is currently available in B2B :
          . as a smartphone App (Android and IOS)
          . as a real time driving risk assessment API that OEMs and Insurers may integrate into their own smartphone App or into their own telematics or ADAS device (Android, iOS, Linux, Windows).

This real time driving risk assessment module has been validated on 50 million km, and applies proven methods for risk assessment, using, for instance, the Frank E. BIRD “safety triangle” concept, and running in real time a knowledge-based system AI that has been built by NEXYAD since 2001. It took 15 years to extract thousands of road safety knowledge atoms from experts of 19 countries. Some of this knowledge is directly operational, some is deep knowledge on detection theory (a mix of Information Theory and Knowledge on Human Brain abilities). And of course, SafetyNex also applies fundamental knowledge on mechanics (braking abilities, …) including complex issues such as grip for example.

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SafetyNex can bring Artificial Intelligence into Autopilots
in respect of ASIL ISO 26262



SafetyNex integration in the ASIL 26262.
SafetyNex Asil 26262
© NEXYAD 2017

Complex Automation MUST be ASIL ISO 26262.
Artificial Intelligence CANNOT BE ASIL ISO 26262 (by definition) and acts only on parameters of Complex Automation doing ++/– – variations, never skipping « reflexes actions » (emergency braking, etc), but allowing anticipation speed adaptation to reduce frequency of emergency situations (and then give more margin to reflexes actions and also improve comfort). Maximum acceptable Driving Risk can be changed depending on driving situation in order to set « aggressivity level» of HAV.

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Welcome to YOGOKO, new member of “MOV’EO” Groupement ADAS cluster

In november, cluster Groupement ADAS, from Mobility and Automotive R&D competitiveness national cluster Mov’eo, welcomed YOGOKO as new member. It makes eleven players like a football team, and we hope to score goals in the Automotive market competition.

Yogoko

YoGoKo is a startup company founded in 2014 by employees from three research institutes : Mines ParisTech, Telecom Bretagne and Inria. YoGoKo makes use of software developed in teams specialized in Internet technologies (RSM at Telecom Bretagne) and robotics (CAOR at Mines ParisTech and RITS at Inria). These research teams have been working together since 2006 on innovative communication solutions applied to Intelligent Transportation Systems. They contributed to several collaborative R&D projects related to ITS (CVIS, ITSSv6, GeoNet, DriveC2X, SCORE@F, …).

In 2012, these laboratories engaged together into the development of a common demonstration platform which comprises connected vehicles (fleet of conventional vehicles from Mines ParisTech and fleet of autonomous vehicles from Inria), roadside equipments and cloud-based services.

YoGoKo demonstration platform was finally revealed on Feb. 11 th 2014 during the Mobilité 2.0 event organized by the French Ministry of Transport. This successful demonstation and the extremely warmfull feedack gained at this occasion triggered the launch of YoGoKo as a company.

Thierry Ernst
Thierry Ernst, CEO of Yogoko