MAX4: Magna’s Formula for Winning the Self-Driving Car Race
MAX4 gives Magna a competitive advantage among automotive technology suppliers.
Building on its long legacy of driver-assistance systems, Magna propelled itself into the self-driving car race with its new MAX4 fully autonomous driving platform that can be integrated into any vehicle without compromising interior or exterior design.
Showcasing Magna’s breadth of capabilities, the MAX4 platform stands out from the competition because it is made to be virtually invisible on any automaker’s existing and future platforms, including hybrid and electric vehicles. It enables up to Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities in dense urban and highway environments. As an added bonus, the platform doesn’t sacrifice rear cargo space or passenger comfort in the main cabin.
By integrating self-driving components into the car’s body, MAX4 gives Magna a competitive advantage among automotive technology suppliers.
Our focus is on developing production-ready solutions that offer flexibility to integrate and the framework to enable Level 4 technology for when the market is ready.Swamy Kotagiri, Magna’s Chief Technology Officer
Other autonomous sensor systems can make a vehicle look something like a science experiment, since they rely on bulky LiDAR sensors that spin on top of the vehicle’s roof. With MAX4, cameras, RADAR, LiDAR and ultrasonic sensors are seamlessly integrated in the car’s body, in places like the bumpers. The MAX4 demonstration vehicle, a red Jeep Grand Cherokee, does not look any different from a conventional SUV seen on today’s roads.
Magna’s system is simple inside and out.
Named for Level 4 automation, MAX4 can be designed so that drivers can activate or disengage the autonomous driving function in an intuitive and familiar manner in just seconds. Magna includes the option of a cruise-control-like user interface controlled by the press of a button. A lighted display indicates the vehicle is in autonomous mode, and drivers can disengage that mode via brake pedal or an emergency button.
Level 4 automation allows vehicles to operate during most trips with no input from the driver aside from setting the destination or navigational requirements. Most autonomous vehicles on the road today require active monitoring by the driver.
Magna has been committed to advancing vehicle automation since the early 2000s, in a quest to avoid and to eliminate motor vehicle-related deaths and prevent accidents.
The company recently showcased its Level 3 autonomous capability with a 300-mile test drive of a Magna demonstration vehicle that was the first ever to cross an international border between the U.S. and Canada. The vehicle drove autonomously for 92 percent of the historic trip.
A long list of current production vehicles already are equipped with some of the Magna building blocks for self-driving cars, including emergency braking. Among them are the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, 2017 Cadillac ATS and 2017 Mazda 6.
With MAX4, Magna is poised to lead and deliver solutions to the ever-changing needs of the market, and provide the latest and greatest self-driving technology.