Apex.AI, asystems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, has spent four years rewriting the robot operating system to give automakers the tools to integrate the software within the vehicle and make sure all the applications run reliably. Now, freshly armed with a safety (SDK) is sophisticated enough to be used in production vehicles, Apex.AI has landed Toyota and Japanese Tier IV as partners.
Toyota’sGroup is integrating the Apex. OS SDK into its platform called Arene. The Apex SDK will handle the safety-critical applications, speed up . In a separate deal announced Wednesday, a startup in Japan known as the original creator of open-source autonomous driving software called Autoware, said it would use Apex.AI’s for safety-critical autonomous systems.
“A trend that has become obvious in the past year is to beat Tesla; carfor what they call a software-defined vehicle,” Becker said in a recent interview. Automakers are moving away from distributing 100 electric control units (computers) throughout a vehicle and instead are having just a few high-performance computers with all the functions being implemented by the software, Becker explained.
Thatworking on one vehicle. “And that if they are all using the same interface and not in silos,” Becker said. “And this is exactly what this SDK now enables. So with Apex.OS that there’s this common abstraction layer or SDK, which can address practically all functions in a vehicle.”
Apex’s toolkit has attracted the attention of private and strategic investors. In 2018, the company raised a. Since then, the company has taken investments from Airbus, JLR’s InMotion Ventures, Toyota, and Volvo Group. Becker wouldn’t disclose the amounts of those investments but noted the for a Series B.
The roots of Apex.OS is the open-source Robot Operating System known as ROS, commonly used for R&D projects and. edThe SDK was recently certified by TÜV NORD for . vehicles. Apex aimed to rewrite the code to handle functional safety and real-time processing.
According to Becker, it was a longstanding belief that open-source code was not certifiable. The company spent a year working on the certification.
“If a software crash happens on your laptop, it’s inconvenient, but if the software crashes in any safety-critical function of a vehicle, it can be catastrophic,” Becker said. “This is why we set out to write reliable. The certification proves we accomplished our goal as our software targets failure rates so low that they cannot be expressed statistically.”