Introduction of NAVER LABS’ CES 2019 exhibits

At CES 2019, NAVER LABS presents its latest location and autonomous mobility intelligence technologies, developed with the goal of achieving ambient intelligence.
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■ xDM Platform

eXtended Definition & Dimension Map
The xDM platform is an integrated location and mobility solution for smartphones and autonomous machines. It combines our portfolio of robotics, autonomous driving and AI-based technologies such as HD mapping, localization and navigation with high-precision spatial data. Key features are self-updating 3D/HD mapping, precise indoor and outdoor positioning and context-aware location information based on real-time spatial data. The platform solution supports the development of future location-based services such as augmented reality (AR) walking navigation and autonomous mobility services that include autonomous vehicles, service robots and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

■ Mapping Solutions

M1, Indoor Autonomous Mapping Robot
M1 is an indoor 3D/HD mapping robot that navigates autonomously in indoor spaces. M1 automatically collects high-resolution images and 3D spatial data via high-performance cameras and LiDAR, significantly improving the efficiency of what was previously a manual mapping process. The resulting HD maps provide spatial data that is essential to location-based services, such as AR walking navigation and indoor autonomous service robots.

Self-Updating Map
NAVER LABS uses cutting edge AI technologies for advanced research on self-updating maps. The technology uses data collected by indoor autonomous robots and advanced AI solutions developed by experts in robotics, computer vision, deep learning and machine learning. Point of interest (POI) change detection technology detects and updates information on individual stores in large shopping malls. Further research advances on POI attribute recognition and semantic mapping technology will be phased in over the next few years.

■ Autonomous Robots

AROUND Platform, Autonomous Service Robot Platform
The ambition of the AROUND platform is to commercialize autonomous robot services. The key functions of the autonomous robots are distributed between mapping robots and the xDM cloud. This separation significantly lowers the manufacturing costs. The mapping robot retrieves the spatial data by navigating the indoor environment. The map data is then uploaded to the xDM cloud from where autonomous services are delivered through cloud-based visual localization and path planning. The collision avoidance algorithm that runs on the edge, ensures that the AROUND platform effectively responds to unexpected circumstances and avoids obstacles until the destination has been safely reached. Depending on spatial characteristics and user needs, it can be customized to serve different purposes, from delivering books in a library or store to giving directions in a shopping mall.

AROUND G, Autonomous Guide Robot
AROUND G is an autonomous guide robot built on the AROUND platform. It provides guidance in large indoor spaces such as shopping malls, airports and hotels, and provides intuitive information through AR navigation. High-precision indoor maps, visual and sensor localization are all serviced over the xDM platform to provide accurate location sensing and to guide users to their destination via the best route. The AR navigation installed in the main unit delivers information on the surrounding space while giving directions. Immersed in its environment, AROUND G creates ambient intelligence whereby users are more engaged by the useful services the robot provides than by the robot itself.

■ Autonomous Driving

Hybrid HD Map & R1
Based on our autonomous driving and 3D/HD mapping technology, we’re developing mapping solutions using aerial images and mobile mapping data. 3D mapping technology combines the aerial images and extracts information from the road surfaces. The lightweight mobile mapping system R1 then generates HD maps from point clouds while autonomously on the move. Compared to HD maps obtained with expensive mobile mapping systems, this hybrid HD map solution maintains high accuracy at lower cost.

The ADAS CAM offers a suite of ADAS functions based on deep learning algorithms. The system relies on only a single camera for forward-collision warning (FCW) and lane-departure warning (LDW). In addition, the integration of hybrid HD map on the xDM platform enables functions of higher precision even in complex environments. ADAS camera modules, developed in-house, accurately gauge road conditions in a variety of circumstances with high dynamic range (HDR) and flicker free functions.

■ NAVER Maps & Wayfinding

NAVER Maps & Wayfinding
NAVER Maps offers common, everyday services such as location search, public transit information and driving navigation. Users are seamlessly provided with up-to-date information on indoor and outdoor spaces and, over the xDM platform, other innovative services are being developed to meet future needs.

Indoor AR Navigation
NAVER LABS provides indoor AR navigational information, based on user location and positioning even where there’s no GPS coverage. It utilizes indoor maps created by the mapping robot M1 on the xDM platform, and visual and sensor localization technology. Turn-by-turn directions are given with reference to POIs within the user’s visual range instead of the remaining distance they need to cover.

AKI, Location & Geofencing Technology
AKI is a smart watch for young children that utilizes location detection, geofencing technology and personalized positioning over the xDM platform. Based on location pattern analysis, AKI provides timely notifications of a child’s location and movements to their parents and guardians.

AWAY, In-Vehicle Infotainment Platform
AWAY is an infotainment platform for vehicles with a user interface that enhances driver safety and which specifically optimizes music, news and other media services for the driving environment. The AWAY head unit gives drivers simultaneous access to various functions, from media content to navigation, on a wide 24:9 ratio screen that supports split view. The platform has been deployed for vehicles operated by the Korean car sharing company Green Car.

AHEAD is 3D AR head-up display (HUD) for vehicles. Most HUDs can be distracting for drivers due to the different focal distance between the virtual images and their actual view. Through 3D optical technology, the virtual images projected by AHEAD appear to exist on the road, allowing drivers to effortlessly perceive information.
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■ Robotics

AMBIDEX, Robot Arm with Innovative Cable-Driven Mechanisms
AMBIDEX is a robot arm resulting from collaborative R&D on human-robot coexistence. The arm uses innovative cable-driven mechanisms that make any interaction with humans safe. At just 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs), it weighs less than the average arm of a male adult. AMBIDEX can be operated at a maximum speed of 5 m/s and is capable of carrying up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs). Because AMBIDEX can be controlled to the same extent as an industrial robot, it has a wide range of applications, from simple carrying to performing complex tasks that require precise manipulation and collaboration. AMBIDEX supports high-speed, wireless, real time control from remote locations using the low latency and high throughput of 5G networks.

AIRCART, Human-Power Amplification Technology
The AIRCART trolley is built on robotics technology that augments human strength. The physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) makes it easy for anyone to shift heavy loads. How the user intends to move AIRCART is captured by a power sensor on the handle so controlling it is intuitive and simple from the start. Equipped with an automatic braking system, accidents are prevented when going up or down a slope. AIRCART is available for use at bookstores and factories.

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