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Quantum to Demonstrate In-Vehicle Storage for Autonomous Vehicle Development at CES 2020
December 23, 2019 News

 

Quantum® Corp. will demonstrate the latest storage innovations for autonomous vehicle development at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020. The company’s storage innovations for autonomous vehicle have many features that will be showcased at the event, including its R-Series removable, in-vehicle storage and workflow systems which form a new end-to-end solution that enables high-speed data capture, fast upload, automated tiering for analysis, and shared storage for mobile environments.

Quantum collaborate with Elektrobit to execute the first-of-its-kind in-vehicle autonomous research data capture and management demonstration at CES. The team will drive a test vehicle cross-country from San Jose to Las Vegas, collecting real-world video and raw sensor data along the way using Elektrobit’s EB Assist Test Lab combined with Quantum’s R-Series removable storage to capture data in the vehicle, and Xcellis® Workflow Director appliances powered by StorNext® to ingest and direct files to the Elektrobit EB Assist Test Lab cloud-based validation tool, all on site. Engineers gain the ability to capture, ingest, and manage large amounts of data in a manner that is powerful, flexible, and cost-effective for a hybrid cloud-based solution with this unique approach.

Graham Cousens, ADAS/autonomous vehicle solutions practice leader, Quantum said “Delivering confidence in vehicle safety and design begins with capturing real-world test data, and ADAS and autonomous vehicle development generates a staggering volume of data. Autonomous research also has unique workflow requirements, from capturing, processing, analyzing the data, and storing and retaining it. By demonstrating this workflow at CES we aim to show how this complexity can be intelligently managed, even in the chaos of Las Vegas.”

Enabling an Efficient Automotive Testing Workflow
EB Assist Test Lab provides engineers with a tool to manage petabytes of driving-scene data generated in real and simulated test drives. The EB Assist Test Lab enables engineers to annotate data and define its level of critical importance as it’s being captured.  Using a touchscreen interface, a driver tags user-defined events, such as roadway signs, pedestrians, hazards, wildlife, or other impediments, as they’re encountered. Automated tagging is also available. These events are tagged with metadata that flags them for prioritized analysis.

Test data is captured on the ruggedized Quantum R-Series in-vehicle data storage system, along with the corresponding metadata. Once the Quantum R-Series magazine is removed from the test vehicle and placed into the StorNext solution in the test facility data center, the data is ingested. StorNext recognizes the metadata on the R-Series device and captures the data prioritization. StorNext then directs the data to the appropriate storage tier as defined by the customer.

High-priority data may be directed to an on-premise high-performance tier utilized for Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing, while other data may be directed to a secondary tier, such as object storage, tape, or S3 cloud for cloud-based analytics and long-term backup and retention. This data workflow solution is highly efficient and cost-effective because data is identified and moved to the appropriate storage tier upon capture and ingest. This helps prevent customers from spending time and valuable resources on managing low-priority data on high-performance, higher cost tiers.

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