Semiconductor solutions provider Renesas Electronics has joined Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) to push the development of autonomous vehicles.

The consortium comprises players from across the automotive industry, including vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and other semiconductor suppliers. AVCC aims to resolve the challenges of deploying self-driving vehicles at scale.

The automotive industry is evolving towards meeting the needs of a connected environment as vehicles become smarter, eco-friendly and affordable.

In the future, autonomous vehicles will operate with complex software powered by artificial intelligence.

Vehicle edge computing platforms will play a major role in meeting the needs of ultra-high-performance computing within power, thermal, size, security and safety constraints.

A standardised technical framework is also crucial for sharing, re-using and improving developments due to the widescale automotive ecosystem.

Earlier this month, a group of automotive and technology industry companies, including Arm, Bosch, Continental, DENSO, General Motors, NVIDIA, NXP Semiconductors and Toyota, announced collaborative plans to help accelerate the delivery of safer and more affordable autonomous vehicles at scale.

Renesas’ Automotive System Development Division vice-president Masayasu Yoshida said: “To achieve the future of mobility, we must connect actual use cases with the requirements, technologies and ultimately implementation required to realise autonomous vehicles.

“The AVCC will play a pivotal role in achieving this mobility future and we’re very excited to take part in building the framework for vehicle edge computing, combining our popular and proven R-Car SoCs with this new framework and leading autonomous vehicle evolution together.”

AVCC chairman Massimo Osella said: “The AVCC is excited to welcome Renesas as a Core Member and anticipate their contribution of unique technology and expertise as automotive semiconductor suppliers.”