MIH Consortium, a Foxconn-led open EV ecosystem, may extend its business tentacle into the self-driving segment as quite a few startups from the segment are now members of the alliance that aims to promote collaboration in the mobility industry, according to industry sources.
Among them is Japan-based Tier IV, the developer of Autoware all-in-one open-source software for self-driving vehicles. Its founder and chief technology officer Shinpei Kato has noted recently that the MIH platform will have a chance to roll out in October 2021 the latest EV software kits with Level 2 autonomous driving capability, which may advance to Level 4 in 2022, according to media reports from Japan.
At the moment, autonomous driving systems are still closed ones, supported by sensors designated by automakers. But Kato was cited as saying MIH is expected to launch open-source self-driving systems that can be paired with additional sensors to upgrade the autonomous driving performance of vehicles.
To boost self-driving safety, it requires LiDAR systems, CMOS image sensors (CIS) and mmWave radars to work collaboratively, according to industry sources. Those able to harness battery, electrical engineering and electronic control systems could stand out in the EV sector, and those able to achieve collaboration of computing chips, software and sensors could dominate the self-driving vehicle sector, the sources said.
Both Foxconn and MIH partners are quietly proceeding with deployments in the sensor segment. Foxconn, for instance, has recently invested in a China-based tech company dedicated to developing sensors, optical electronics devices and other innovative electronics components for vehicle applications, the sources continued.
Foxconn's packaging arm ShunSin Technology has sustained deep deployments in manufacturing 3D sensor modules, and Yageo's backend affiliate Tong Hsing Electronic Industries can supply auto pressure sensors and onboard chargers for Foxconn's EV production based on a strategic alliance between the top EMS and the leading passive components brand, the sources added.