Nagoya University venture capital firm establishes self-driving OS industry group

TOKYO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Tier IV, a venture capital firm nurtured by Nagoya University that develops autonomous driving platforms, announced on Dec. 10 that it will set up an industry group to speed up the popularization of Autoware, an autonomous driving operating system (OS), the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported. About 20 corporate groups, including Toyota Motor's R&D company and South Korea's LG Electronics, have joined the group.

The new industry group is called "Autoware Foundation" and is joined by Nagoya University and British semiconductor giant ARM. Autoware, a remote operating system that can control self-driving vehicles, was jointly developed by Nagoya University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and was officially launched in 2015. The operating system is currently available free of charge to more than 100 domestic and foreign companies, mainly for research and development.

Going forward, the new group will work on the safety and security of Autoware systems, calling on more companies such as car manufacturers to join. Currently, the OS can only cope with sensors from specific companies, and it is hoped that in the future it can be applied to vehicles made by different manufacturers, said Shinpei Kato, founder of Tier IV and director of the new industry group.

The competition for R&D around autonomous driving is currently intensifying. On the 5th of this month, Waymo, a self-driving research and development company owned by Google, officially launched its driverless taxi service in the US state of Arizona. Chinese IT giant Baidu is also actively developing its self-driving system "Apollo". (Compiled by Zhu Yunfei Reviewed by Liu Ge)

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