Raven Headed to CES with New Qualcomm-Powered Smart Car Platform

Raven Connected is heading to next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with the latest iteration of its flagship Raven smart car platform. Raven+ will make its public debut during the Las Vegas show.

Highlights of the new Raven include a bigger screen, a driver assistant display, and heat control to enhance the platform’s ability to function in extremely hot environments. The platform is built with a collection of Qualcomm AI technologies, utilizing the company’s Vision Intelligence Platform and associated GPU, which is in turn based on the Qualcomm APQ8056 chip.

Raven has also deployed Mapbox‘s Vision SDK to improve driver safety. When combined with Raven’s forward-facing cameras, the SDK will monitor the road and notify drivers about collisions, traffic signs, tailgating, and other hazards, and document the data for larger commercial fleets.

“The Raven+ platform is perfect for implementing advanced vehicle AI systems like Mapbox as a real-world solution.” said Raven Connected CEO Dan Carruthers. “Technologies such as these help our consumer and business users improve driving behavior and vehicle safety.”

The current Raven already offers a slew of features like dash cams, GPS tracking and navigation, facial recognition, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Raven+ is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2020, with preorders beginning at some point in March.

Several companies have recently predicted that biometric components will become increasingly important in connected cars, with Technavio forecasting their use in security systems and Aware suggesting that they can be used to improve overall driver safety.