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Klas Unveils RAVEN: a solution to lighten the load on the journey to Autonomous Vehicles.

14 September 2021

 

RAVEN dramatically reduces the amount of work, and physical hardware needed to build a test vehicle. Shrunk to a fraction of the size yet much more powerful, RAVEN represents a giant leap in capability coupled with a huge time-saving in the AV development stage.

RAVEN arrives with all systems integrated, giving developers the equivalent of a rolling start. High-performance compute, storage, and connectivity modules all slot into a chassis designed to fit in a standard 19-inch rack. It shortens the journey for developers while also making it quicker to get test vehicles on the road. The modular system seamlessly integrates existing tech, swaps out storage cassettes, or upgrades on the fly, taking the more cumbersome work out of the building and maintaining test vehicles.

 

DUBLIN, September 14, 2021: Klas, a global leader in edge intelligence solutions, today announced the launch of RAVEN: an end-to-end, modular solution for autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) research and development. RAVEN gives developers every piece of hardware required to ingest and store massive amounts of in-vehicle data, along with the connectivity and compute capabilities they need to turn terabytes of data into high-performing AV algorithms, all underpinned by a software-agnostic virtual environment.

 

RAVEN includes the following core modules:

  • High-Performance Compute: GPU support for compute-intensive AV applications with virtualization support to run any AV software seamlessly and securely
  • Storage: Ingest and store up to 240TB of in-vehicle data in a swappable cassette with integrated compute for processing data in real-time
  • Connectivity: Easily connects to CAN, Ethernet, and 3G/4G/5G with support for software-defined networking to enable secure over-the-air access from any location
  • Management: Secure remote data management, provisioning, and over-the-air updates with the ability to automate management through Ansible

 

“Accelerating the development of AVs requires the building and maintaining of a fleet of test cars. This requires numerous pieces of hardware that all have to fit together into one system with seamless data collection. RAVEN simplifies that entire process,” said Frank Murray, CTO of Klas. “With RAVEN, OEMs and Tier 1s get a flexible, modular solution with the key functions of data logging, high performance compute, and connectivity all in a standard 19″ rack format.”

 

Klas has decades of experience working in highly regulated industries, like transport and defense, which is leveraged to build every RAVEN module to ensure optimal performance in rugged and extreme operational environments. Its hardware, over the years, has had to operate in extreme, and austere environments. All this learning has gone into each RAVEN module ensuring optimal performance, in all environments. Klas’ open, and modular approach means that Tier 1s and OEMs can select best-of-breed hardware and software for Autonomous Vehicle development, all in a rugged vehicle-centric form factor.

 

“Self-driving cars must be trusted to perform in all road conditions and keep up with constantly evolving regulations, which is why it’s critical to have a scalable solution that maximizes the number of test vehicles on the road at any given time. Instilling confidence in both regulators and consumers hinges on having evidence-based testing data collected at scale,” said John Gallagher, CEO of Klas. “Historically, this has been difficult to do because of reliability and performance concerns along with the size and power constraints, and we’ve solved both of those issues with RAVEN. It’s rugged, compact, and truly built for the open road.”

 

For more information on RAVEN or other Klas edge intelligence solutions please visit www.klasgroup.com/markets/automotive/.

 

 

About Klas

Klas is an engineering and design company with over 30 years of experience developing innovative communications solutions for the network edge. The company specializes in integrating enterprise networking capabilities from global IT leaders with purpose-built hardware and software platforms designed to meet market demands and the most stringent environmental requirements. Klas collaborates with strategic partners including Cisco, Dell, and Microsoft to support edge deployments in Government, Transportation, and Automotive industries. For more information visit www.klasgroup.com.

 

Media Contact:

Michelle O’Rourke, Clarity PR, [email protected]

Emma Reilly, Klas, [email protected]

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