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Strategic Collaboration Announced Between The Autoware Foundation and AVCC

The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) < a global collaboration
of automotive and technology industry leaders focused on automated and
assisted driving compute solutions, today announced a key alliance agreement
with The Autoware Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds bridges
between corporate R&D and academic research creating powerful synergy in the
development of viable autonomous driving technology. The organizations’
shared goal is to help expedite the development of autonomous and assisted
driving solutions through shared design benchmarks, recommendations, and
marketing initiatives.

“Autoware’s open-source software is becoming a key building block in the
development of autonomous driving. With the Autoware Open AD Kit, we were
able to establish standardization across software stacks that enable vehicle
developers to efficiently build on the accumulated body of knowledge of the
entire sector,” said Shinpei Kato, Chairman, Board of Directors of the
Autoware Foundation. “With their third technical report on Benchmarking Deep
Neural Networks, AVCC demonstrated that the missions of AVCC and Autoware
are strikingly aligned, and we are pleased to be advancing the autonomous
driving industry together.”

The primary purpose of AVCC is to develop a conceptual compute platform
architecture, as well as specify hardware requirements and software APls to
build driving automation systems. Both organizations see great industry
benefit from harmonizing related work and forging cooperation around the
mutual goals of influencing innovation and promoting the development of
technology standards and benchmarks in respective areas of interest.

Autoware and AVCC recognize the importance of establishing this relationship
and fostering cooperation in a number of ways including:

*       Reducing duplication and competing specifications by harmonizing
work around functional safety, security, industry terminology and reports
*       Establishing ongoing information exchange to ensure close
synchronization in areas of joint collaboration and industry activities
*       Developing joint marketing initiatives, such as podcasts, webinars
and virtual events around topics of shared interest such as benchmarking,
image processing, system architecture models, etc.

“For the industry to move forward, we need to communicate and cooperate with
others in this space,” shared Armando Pereira, President of AVCC. “Our work
with The Autoware Foundation will reduce duplication in the AV space as well
as provide the benchmarks and roadmap necessary to efficiently engineer
autonomous vehicles.”

About AVCC
The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) is a global nonprofit
group of automotive and technology industry leaders coming together to help
accelerate mass production of safe and affordable vehicles with assisted
driving and autonomous compute technology (levels 1-5). This computing
platform will be designed specifically to move today’s AV prototype systems
to deployment at scale. The group collaborates to develop requirements for
the compute platform architecture, its hardware requirements, and software
APIs for each building block in autonomous vehicle systems.
http://www.avcconsortium.org

About Autoware
Autoware is the world’s first “all-in-one” open-source software for
self-driving vehicles hosted under the Autoware Foundation. Autoware.Auto is
a next generation of Autoware based on ROS 2, with contributions from the
Autoware Foundation members and community at large following best-in-class
software engineering practices. Further information at
http://www.autoware.org

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