Inefficient technology stack choices for Autonomous driving system’s database and Front End
Demanding development schedule with limited time for internal IT department scaling
Overcomplicated Front End features that hinder system performance
Market-leading manufacturer with strong global demand for its products
Hardware and software development fusion to ensure stable and safe autonomous driving capabilities
Culture of consistent investment in innovation aimed at consolidating market positions
Structured programming approach that enhances development clarity and quality
The AUTO UNION Group is among the Top-40 automotive parts suppliers in the world with over a hundred years of development and manufacturing or lighting and electronic components. With over 7 billion Euro in sales in fiscal year 2017/2018 and 40,000+ staff member spread across 35 countries, AUTO UNION is at the frontier of research and development. The company engineers electronic solutions that increase energy efficiency, minimize CO2 emissions and enhance driver and passenger safety and comfort.
Since the client’s primary expertise lies with hardware development, testing, and manufacturing, Computools experts were invited to join the distributed team working on an Artificial Intelligence component for an autonomous-driving system. Computools software engineers helped establish and train an AI system to increase the fidelity of pedestrian detection.
As a part of an international distributed team, Computools engineers used their expertise to upgrade the AI-powered Autonomous driving system and ensure the precision of obstacle-detection software. As a result of close collaboration, AUTO UNION Group achieved the outset development objectives.
Several key options we solved:
Established and train an AI system.
Ensured the precision of obstacle-detection software.
Implemented functional features in the AI-powered Autonomous driving system.
Business Process Automation
Digital Platform & Technology
CouchDB enables fast data indexing and retrieval, while the changes feed provides updates. The use of JSON-based document format accommodates a variety of languages that come with multiple libraries. CouchDB is suited for a large and complex application, as is the case with Autonomous driving system for AUTO UNION, as the database is flexible and scalable.
To support video upload and cutting for Autonomous driving system, Computools engineers implemented an open source message broker. RabbitMQ supports a variety of messaging protocols and enables reliable asynchronous processing and flexible routing through exchanges before the messages arrive at queues. The RabbitMQ’s tracing feature is invaluable during development and debugging, as it allows software engineers to locate problems and errors.
Microsoft Azure is the top choice for enterprise-level cloud computing service. Beside speed and agility, this solution ensures data security and superior recovery in case of unpredictable failures. Unlike other cloud services, like AWS, Microsoft Azure enables a hybrid environment that balances control and flexibility of a combined on-site and cloud infrastructure.
Autonomous driving system relies, among other sensors, on video input that needs to be processed quickly and reliably to ensure a high fidelity of pedestrian and obstacle detection. Computools software engineers suggested the implementation of the open source FFMpeg encoder. This solution secured high-performance handling of all video and audio file formats without the need for codecs.
Open and efficient two-way communication is crucial to the success of a digital transformation project. Following consultation with the client, we agreed upon a clear and unambiguous communication framework with scheduled regular face-to-face and online meetings and regular reports by email.Our communication ecosystem also incorporated a structured documents environment and client access to Computools' internal task managing platform. This made both the general project roadmap as well as specific processes transparent and clear for all parties.
Computools specialists assisted the AUTO UNION Group in-house IT department in identifying the functional and non-functional requirements for an upgraded Autonomous driving system. Our engineers’ technological expertise coupled with the client’s experience in automotive electronics software development enabled the distributed team to map out the project’s implementation timeline.
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To satisfy the client’s demand for technological expertise with AI-powered systems, as well as CouchDB, Docker, and MicrosoftAzure, Computools screened the talent pool and suggested a number of experienced software engineers and QA specialists to join the distributed team.
To keep the development on schedule,
Computools software engineers rely on an
established communication framework.
Routine meetings, interspersed with
brainstorming and feedback sessions keep all
members of the distributed team in the loop,
enhance understanding, and accelerate
A staple of the chosen development methodology, daily scrums ensured all members of the distributed team performed their assigned tasks according to the sprint plan. Occurring impediments were promptly addressed by the Team Lead and the Scrum Master.
Starting sprints with planning sessions enabled the team to assess the workload, decompose large problems, and assign software engineers with their respective tasks. This approach allows the team to keep up the rapid development pace while addressing arising challenges.
All team members participated in the end-of-sprint feedback sessions and
discussions. Exchanging ideas and opinions between Computools and client-side
engineers inspired innovative solutions and increased development efficiency.
Internal Communication Flow
To ensure transparent communication and understanding among the
members of the distributed team, Computools applied an established
communication framework. Tasks were assigned with Jira, Email was used to
deliver status reports and updates, while daily meetings were held via Skype
video and audio.
Project Management Methodology
The Scrum approach was chosen for this project to secure fast-paced development and cohesive collaboration across the international distributed team. Daily scrums were held to assess the development progress and address arising challenges. Scrum Master assigned tasks, tracked their progress and managed resources through Jira while Computools’ Project Manager enabled seamless communication and strict schedule adherence by our software engineers.
Client's business processes analysis
Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses
Setting development goals with the client
Deriving specification, tasks & deadlines
Business Process modelling
Project Management Flow
Expertise-based talent evaluation and team formation
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