A Vigo company joins the race to develop the driving of the future

Vigo (Spain) – The company Xesol Innovation was born in 2012 in the city of Vigo with the aim of covering a need detected in the market and based on providing innovative driving assistance solutions to apply to any type of vehicle.

Along the way, they have managed to position themselves in the line where multiple companies worldwide work to develop the driving of the future.

Focused on the field of R + D + I, Xesol creates solutions for the sector of intelligent and sustainable mobility with the aim of “reducing road accidents and providing safer driving through proposals based on artificial intelligence, deep learning, artificial vision or connectivity “.

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The team supporter of Xesol Innovation, Morela Pereira, explains in a conversation with Efe that these premises led to the impulse of “Smart cars”, a research project on mobility for transport.

This initiative has been awarded in Brussels with the mention of excellence for being considered the most innovative of the Horizon 2020 program, from which it has received funding.

Approaching the autonomous car

It is based on an advanced assistance system for driving or ADAS, by its acronym in English, which detects, identifies, monitors and predicts the trajectories of the different elements of the road using the technology known as Xesol Drive.

This system is characterized as a modular and scalable software kit that adds to a hardware composed of cameras and sensors.

In particular, the system is based on the detection and monitoring of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, special self-propelled vehicles, buses; in the identification of traffic signals and traffic lights; and in lane deviation or collision alerts, in addition to a visual estimate of the lane and curves.

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“The next step” in the framework of this proposal, adds Pereira, is “the integration of V2X, vehicle-to-everything communication, with a frequency of 5.9 gigahertz, for the storage and exchange of data at high speed, allowing the communication in real time of the vehicle with other vehicles and infrastructures “.

The team supporter says that this advance “would bring us closer to the autonomous car” and his companion Telmo Pereiro, responsible for image and communication of the company, points out that the modular kit they develop can be integrated into new vehicles or manufactured after the year 2000, with what the range of possibilities opens.

In fact, continues Pereiro, manufacturers and Tier 1 companies are the target customers of Xesol for the commercialization of this solution in regard to new vehicles.

A “fatigue detector”

However, for those that are already in circulation, they include workshops, spare shops, insurance companies and fleets for lending or renting vehicles.

The growth of this company, which currently has offices in Vigo, Madrid, Hannover, and California, has led to the establishment of the Biometrics and Slam technological subsidiaries, which focus on complementary technologies to achieve a high level of autonomy for the vehicle.

Carlos Asensio, the CEO of the Biometrics Area, told Efe that Xesol Innovation presented in the latest edition of the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1, 2018, a solution that defines as “a detector of fatigue “based on an infrared camera.

This proposal measures the level of tiredness of the driver through “his blinking, his behavior and the tracking of elements such as distractions.”

The biometric technology also applies to the recognition of people through artificial intelligence algorithms for the management of access and vehicle use permits, among other functions.

Xesol Slam, meanwhile, creates solutions that generate maps in real time to indicate to the driver the most optimal routes and alert about the state of roads, traffic or the best routes to travel, in addition to communicating the global position of the vehicle, detect and describe traffic signals.

Now, those responsible for the company, which employs about 35 people, and which is in the process of expanding its workforce, expect Spanish legislation to adapt to these developments.

They ensure that the solutions they develop can benefit ordinary citizens and provide a safer and more environmentally friendly driving in the future.