New, better - the ibeo.Reference Toolchain!

No, the toolchain didn't just get a simple update. Rather, Ibeo's customers can now expect a new, greatly improved comprehensive solution with new hardware and software. The hardware includes an improved ibeo ECU and the new ibeo SyncBox Pro, while the software is rounded off with the ibeo Validation Bundle. Find out exactly what that means below.

What is the ibeo.Reference Toolchain?

In case you haven't heard of the toolchain yet, here's a brief overview: ibeo.Reference offers a comprehensive solution for the validation of AD or driver assistance systems. For example, radar sensors can be tested for their reliability and accuracy.

Through years of experience with the ibeo.Reference toolchain, the entire system has been extensively improved in order to raise the performance to a completely new level. Specifically, this means: with the launch of the new toolchain, which includes new features and components, you now get the tools for the entire validation process from a single source.

What exactly is new? And how does it work? Here are the highlights:

The innovations of the hardware

In addition to improvements to the ibeo ECU and the new ibeo SyncBox Pro, the use of select third-party LiDAR sensors is now also supported.

In addition to hardware optimization, the ECU also offers the new "ibeoOS NG" operating system. This is pre-installed and impresses with its intuitive graphical user interface. With the "Online Monitoring" feature, the status of the essential system components and ECU itself can be checked at any time. Fast configuration is also possible through built-in config files.

As an independent, digital clock, the ibeo SyncBox Pro supports all common interface and protocol types and thus enables the time synchronization of all system components. It acts as a hub between the different time zones of the individual systems in the vehicle and can synchronize itself and all connected devices; either by setting a time for other systems or aligning itself to a system time zone.

With the opening of the recording system for LiDAR technologies from other providers, sensors from different manufacturers can now be used for validation at the same time. This increases flexibility, as the vehicle architecture is no longer limited to the use of one sensor supplier, and more applications can be covered.

The software highlights

With the new ibeo Validation Bundle, we offer you the option of (partially) automated generation of ground truth data. The bundle consists of two components, the ibeo Auto Annotation and the ibeo REF software package.

The ibeo Auto Annotation software provides you with automated reference data by labeling your recorded data based on algorithms. It not only recognizes, classifies, and tracks objects, but also detects lane markings and boundaries when driving on a highway. In addition, certain driving scenarios are automatically recognized, and the corresponding frames are labeled accordingly. The cloud-compatible architecture of the ibeo Auto Annotation software grants you full scalability through parallel use in the cloud, on a virtual machine, and computers.

The ibeo REF software package offers tools with which you can manually convert your automatically generated reference data into ground truth data. It contains programs for visualization, editors, and a software development kit (SDK).

The visualization of raw and already processed data can take place both during the test drive and afterwards, which enables users to play back and evaluate the data records in real time.

With the Smart Object Editor, you can quickly and intuitively improve the quality of the automatically labeled reference data. Among other things, you can add or remove objects and change their position, orientation, and size. These changes are automatically adopted in the upstream and downstream frames. Another feature that will save you time and money!

The new ibeo.Reference toolchain raises the validation process with its numerous innovations to a completely new level and not only makes the creation of reference and ground truth data much more efficient, but also delivers it in a permanently high quality. 

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