DriveU.auto’s connectivity platform enables secure remote-control operation of autonomous vehicles. The Israeli company recently announced a $4 million funding round led by Zohar Zisapel, an Israeli entrepreneur often referred to as the “Israeli Bill Gates”, as well among investors, Two Lanterns Venture Partners, Kaedan Capital, and other private investors.
Teleoperating a vehicle with reliable transmission, high speed & low latency
Remote human supervision and manual override capabilities are both still necessary for autonomous-vehicle trials, their purpose is to speed up the vision of the autonomous future, from possibility to reality. There’s just one little issue, teleoperating vehicles demands to transfer enormous amounts of data of both 4K video and high-quality audio files - this is for the remote operator to get all relevant data and communicate necessary instructions back to the vehicle.
DriveU.auto’s platform enables remote control operation of autonomous vehicles, the system is able to easily integrate into a variety of vehicles like taxis, semitrailers, and carrier drones. The platform has the ability to overcome unpredictable network behavior, including unstable satellite connectivity, high-latency periods, data loss following vehicle passing through different cellular grids, or low performing networks. This is possible due to multiple network connectivity, cellular bonding and dynamic encoding for 4K video, and an algorithm that constantly adapts to the changing network grids.
While talking with Geektime, CEO Alon Podhurst explains that DriveU.auto’s technology provides dynamic encoding of data received directly from the autonomous car’s sensors while incorporating algorithms that use a Forward Error Correction method. Then, using cellular bonding, the data is transmitted over a number of different cellular grids with very low latency. All this allows the platform to transmit critical data from the vehicle like 4K video, audio files, LIDAR, teleoperating channels, and more.