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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Klas TRX D8, Data-logging Hardware for Autonomous Vehicle Development

Klas today introduced the TRX D8, an all-new piece of hardware they say is purpose-built for autonomous vehicle research & development. The TRX D8 is an in-vehicle storage and compute system, a ruggedized device designed specifically for logging the massive amounts of data accumulated in autonomous vehicle drive testing. Developers can better assess and fine-tune algorithms throughout the R&D process to ultimately bring autonomous vehicles to market that operate safely in all environments.

"Consumer confidence in self-driving cars is directly tied to the performance of the algorithms that make those cars run. People need to believe these cars will run safely, which is why it's so important to test these algorithms in a variety of conditions," said John Gallagher, CEO of Klas. "We know how to build rugged devices that can be deployed anywhere, and we also understand the need to combine storage with computing to streamline a development process. That's why we built the TRX D8 with industry-leading storage capabilities integrated with in-vehicle compute power so developers can structure and categorize the data as they collect it and run certain tests locally, which accelerates algorithm development while reducing costs."

Klas' says its rich experience in developing edge computing solutions for government and rail applications was key to its success in building the TRX D8. The hardware is already in the market with a leading automotive OEM and boasts a rugged and compact design proven to perform in extreme environments. The new TRX D8 collects data from onboard Ethernet and Controller Area Networks (CAN) and can hold up to 240 TB of storage in one easy-to-remove cassette.

The compute element of the TRX D8 runs on Klas' field-proven operating system, KlasOS Keel. Keel is purpose-built for edge locations where security and reliability are critical and has a built-in hypervisor that provides flexibility to OEMs to run their software and have complete control of their data.

"Anyone who's worked in product development knows how valuable an open software architecture is in terms of risk reduction and design flexibility, which is why we prioritize that approach for all of our solutions, including the TRX D8," said Frank Murray, CTO of Klas. "This allows our customers to work with their preferred vendors and build bespoke solutions that meet their precise needs while simultaneously addressing the security risks associated with a full-stack operating system."

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