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Civil Maps migrates to Arm family of processors

Civil Maps has ported its vehicular cognition stack to run on the Arm family of processors. Arm is among the leading licensor of automotive-grade system-on-chips (SoCs) and system-on-modules (SoMs), with more than 1,000 technology partners.

The company claims that its move marks a disruptive paradigm shift in which self-driving car developers can leverage an Arm SoC with Civil Maps embedded software for enabling vehicles to navigate safely and localize on the road.

Currently, no other competing solutions, which commonly rely on x86 and/or GPU-based architectures, offer developers a path to production-scale vehicle autonomy.

The Arm-powered HD maps and localization solution further enhances the already streamlined, lightweight performance of the Civil Maps platform. It will enable greater levels of reliability and efficiency while overcoming chronic limitations of power consumption, CPU, storage, and network requirements, the company claims in its press release.

The timing of the transition coincides with the automotive industry’s overwhelming adoption of Arm technology for electronic control units (ECU) that manage an expanding range of in-vehicle systems. Civil Maps’ migration means that OEMs will be able to leverage the company’s cutting-edge technology without changing their existing supply chain.

As part of the transition, Civil Maps has optimized core components of its algorithms and software for the Arm CPU architecture, known for its high-volume manufacturing process and auto-grade certifications. The efficiency of Civil Maps’ exclusive Fingerprint Base Map™ technology allows the company to leverage the Arm Neural Network accelerators in these low-power, low-cost SoCs.

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