AutonomouStuff April News
AutonomouStuff leads the industry in enabling, accelerating and deploying the future of autonomy . Our team works hard to remain at the forefront of technology in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry. Despite constant change and innovation, one goal remains steadfast: help our customers succeed . Communication is a vital component of that goal, so each month we share what's new, what's exciting and the success of our partnerships.
In this issue:
  • OAP evolves: Apollo 5.5 with SSC
  • Safety Q&A with Andy Saxsma

  • Virtual Test Drive: AV testing online
  • In stock: Velodyne Alpha Prime

What's happening at AutonomouStuff?
  • Meet the team: Jilin Zhou
  • AutonomouStuff culture
  • Hexagon's response to COVID-19

  • April events
  • Upcoming events
OAP evolves: Apollo 5.5 with SSC
The engineers on our Open Autonomy Pilot team have created a new path to production and deployment of next-generation autonomous driving applications.

Working at our research facility in Ottawa, the team has now fully integrated our Speed and Steering Control (SSC) module within the Apollo 5.5 autonomous driving software stack. This screen capture video from the Ottawa test track shows acceleration, braking and steering being controlled on our signature Lexus RX450h Automated Research Development Platform.

The integration with Apollo open-source autonomy software enhances two key functions:
  • autonomous driving at higher speeds.
  • dynamic path planning on roads with multiple lanes.

For more on this development and plans for future integration, check out our blog post .
Safety Q&A with Andy Saxsma
Senior Embedded Systems Engineer Andy Saxsma recently took the time to discuss some of the ways AutonomouStuff approaches safety when developing Automated Research Development Platforms .

His responses touch on a wide variety of topics, from general safety concepts to well-defined standards in the automotive industry, including the following tenets:
  • Reduce risk through improvements such as increasingly more robust fault detection.
  • Make platforms more safe by creating safety concepts and using failure mode and effect analysis.
  • Long-term collaboration creates low-risk products.
  • Redundant systems avoid the hazards of single-point failures.

Here's how Andy said he thinks about safety and autonomous vehicles differently than someone who doesn't work as an engineer.

"Your average Joe, including me, jumps in his car, drives to work, and really doesn’t give a thought to all the little things that went right along the way. But like any do-it-yourselfer will tell you, when you’re the individual (many individuals when it comes to AVs) that builds it, you add up all those little things. When you arrive safely at the other end, you know you’ve just received a precious gift."

Be sure to read the full Q&A with Andy to learn more.
Virtual Test Drive: AV testing online
Hexagon | VIRES has unveiled the first Virtual Test Drive live, online event series exploring every aspect of autonomous vehicle testing .

From May 19 through June 18, leading experts in the fields of autonomous testing, ADAS and simulation will host free presentations and demonstrations giving a deep-dive experience into the future of autonomous vehicles testing.

A packed agenda delivered online will include keynotes from blue-chip automotive and high-tech companies, as well as innovative start-ups from around the globe — including presentations in the first week of June by AutonomouStuff founder and CEO Bobby Hambrick and Vice President of Products and Services John Buszek.

Delegates will gain insight into the latest industry developments, such as:
  • technological advances in virtual test driving and autonomous mobility.
  • how industry leaders address challenges with Test Strategies, Tooling and Open Standards.

For more details about the free event, check out the full agenda and register at the event website.

The Velodyne Alpha Prime 360-degree spinning LiDAR sensor provides the range, resolution and accuracy required by the most advanced autonomous vehicle programs — specifically made for autonomous driving and advanced vehicle safety at highway speeds. It provides real-time 3D data with up to 0.1-degree vertical and horizontal resolution and a range of up to 245 meters.
What's happening at AutonomouStuff?
Meet the team: Jilin Zhou
Jilin Zhou joined the AuonomouStuff Open Autonomy Pilot team in August 2019 as a principal autonomous software engineer. He previously led the integration of ROS and Apollo 2.0 and 3.5 onto embedded hardware running real-time operating systems. He stresses the importance of balance and the open culture in the office.

"I really appreciate the company efforts in setup of a satellite office in Ottawa, which helps me to have a good work-life balance ," Jilin said. "Our team is small in size but full of energy. We are always willing to work together in search of optimal solutions for difficult engineering problems."

We're grateful for employees such as Jilin who take a big-picture approach to their work while also taking time to pay attention to detail.

Learn more about our awesome team  here.
AutonomouStuff culture
AutonomouStuff values relationships — with employees, partners, and the communities where we all live. We strive to give employees opportunities to grow alongside the company, while together setting a course for the future of transportation. We consider the culture that has evolved at AutonomouStuff a vital part of the enterprise, and we work hard to maintain an environment that cherishes individuality, nurtures teamwork, and ultimately makes us more like family than colleagues .

Learn more about our culture.
Hexagon's response to COVID-19
COVID-19 is affecting everyone on a global scale, which means that we all must work together to limit the spread of the virus and protect the people at risk. At Hexagon, our priority is keeping our employees and customers safe, and we are following all guidelines and recommendations set up at national, regional and local levels to do so.

Through all of this, we recognize that our employees and our customers are relying on Hexagon more than ever. Rest assured that we are taking all necessary steps to protect our employees and to minimize risk to the supply of our products and our services to our customers.

At Hexagon | AutonomouStuff, we see our customer relationships as partnerships — working together, we can all achieve our goals. That’s how we established ourselves in the autonomy industry over the last decade. We take that responsibility seriously, now more than ever, and are taking all the necessary steps to support our partners and the communities where we all live.
April events
With events canceled or postponed all over the world due to health concerns, everyone's calendars look much different than they did just weeks ago. We're working to keep in touch with partners old and new, as we did in April with a webinar featuring new data intelligence solutions from Qumulo .

We're planning to host additional webinars in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned to learn more about what's coming and how to participate.

To catch up on how Qumulo's hybrid cloud storage solutions work with our Smart Autonomous Mobility portfolio, find the full webinar recap right here .
Upcoming events

May 4-7, 2020 : XPONENTIAL (postponed)

May 19-June 18: VTD

June 16-18, 2020 : AVT Expo (postponed)

July 27-30, 2020: AVS

September 28-30: MINExpo

October 4-8, 2020: ITS World Congress

January 6-9, 2021: CES 2021