Our Services

Highway Autopilot

Let your car drive you for that hours-long trip on the highway.

Traffic Navigation

Relax yourself while stuck in traffic. Slowly but firmly the DriveBox will keep your position in lane, and you'll be at home without noticing.

Foggy/rainy Autopilot

When the weather is not clement, let the DriveBox increase the safety of your car.

Emergency brake/thrust/turn

That moment in which your child is crying or your phone start ringing, your attention might slip. The DriveBox will assist you.

Valet Parking

Leave your car in front of the parking lot and call it back without the need of finding that free spot on the last floor.

Medical Emergency Autopilot

Not feeling well and you are alone in the car? Just call the emergency service while your car drives itself to the nearest hospital.

Technological baseline

Project HERCULES will provide the required technological infrastructure to obtain an order-of-magnitude improvement in the cost and power consumption of next generation real-time applications. It will develop an integrated framework to allow achieving predictable performance on top of cutting-edge heterogeneous CTOS multi-core platforms, implementing real-time scheduling techniques and execution models recently proposed in the research community. The framework will be applied to two innovative industrial use cases: a pioneering autonomous driving system for the automotive domain, and a visual recognition system for the avionic domain..

Ranked #1 project among EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2015, our HiPeRT Lab @ UNIMORE is currently leading Hercules.

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Hercules

Hercules

NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2 is the open AI car computing platform that enables automakers and their tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. It scales from a palm-sized, energy efficient module for AutoCruise capabilities, to a powerful AI supercomputer capable of autonomous driving. DRIVE PX 2 systems can fuse data from multiple cameras, as well as lidar, radar, and ultrasonic sensors. Use of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for the detection and classification of objects dramatically increases the accuracy of the resulting fused sensor data.

We have a strong partnership with NVIDIA, and actively contribute, as external consultants, to the development of their certifiable embedded platforms for the automotive market.

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NVIDIA Drive Platform Family

NVIDIA Drive Platform Family

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Our skills

The DriveBox team has a unique mix of hardware and software engineers, experts of real-time safety critical systems and high-performance, low-power embedded platforms, advanced parallel programmers, and experts on autonomous vehicles such as drones. The key people of the team are affiliated either to the HiPeRT Lab at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE - that currently leads Hercules), or to PITOM srl, a small-medium enterprise in the field of Unmanned Ground, Aerial and Maritime Vehicles.
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Our Team

Marko Bertogna

Marko Bertogna

CEO

Marko Bertogna is Associate Professor and leader of the HiPeRT Lab. His main interests are in multi-/many-core systems, Real-Time scheduling and schedulability analysis. He published several papers in international conferences and journals, obtaining six Best Paper Awards. He is Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of HiPEAC and of the Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems.

Paolo Burgio

Paolo Burgio

Chief Integration Engineer

Eng. Paolo Burgio, PhD, is research fellow at UNIMORE. He currently leads the hardware/software integration of the DriveBox Control Units. Paolo spent one year as an associate research in Real-Time systems at Linköpings Universitet (SE), then he enrolled for a Ph.D. in electronics engineering from University of Bologna (IT) and Université de Bretagne-Sud (FR), with special focus on highly parallel architectures, compilers and low-power systems. He also has a years-lasting expertise as a freelance consultant for big enterprises in the IT domain.

Nicola Capodieci

Nicola Capodieci

Certification Data Manager

Eng. Nicola Capodieci, PhD, is a post-doc at UNIMORE. He did his research activity in different institutions such as UNIMORE, Univ. of Groningen (NL) for his M.Sc. thesis, Univ. of New Brunswick (CAN) as a research internship and Edinburgh Napier Uni. (UK) for his Ph.D. Thesis, and, least but not last, in NVIDIA in a four-month internship where he actively worked at the Drive PX2 platform project. His main research interests are Bio-inspired AI, Multi-Agent and Self-Organizing Systems, but also languages, architectures and everything related to GPUs. Nicola knows the Drive PX2 platform better than anyone else in the team, and he will be the certification engineer of the DriveBox.

Roberto Cavicchioli

Roberto Cavicchioli

Chief Software/OS architect

Dott. Roberto Cavicchioli, PhD, is a post-doc at UNIMORE. His research has been focused in Numerical Optimization and Parallelization of algorithms on multicore systems and platforms such as Drive PX2. In particular the target was mainly to speed up computations for Image Reconstruction algorithms by exploiting High Performance Computing systems, especially in NVIDIA platforms. Together with Nicola, Roberto worked at the Drive PX2 project in NVIDIA. Due to his skills, Roberto is the software architect of the Drive PX2, and is in charge of porting and maintaining the Hercules OS on the board.

Francesco Guaraldi

Francesco Guaraldi

CFO

Project manager and accountant. He has a strong expertise as research advisor and project manager of EU funding projects (FP7, EUAID, H2020, EASME, 3° Health programme, NIH). He will be responsible for administrative, financial and legal issues as well as monitoring the timing and the quality of the project deliverables and milestones.

Roberto Mati

Roberto Mati

Quality Manager

Eng. Roberto Mati, PhD, is CEO at PITOM srl. Roberto holds a PhD in Automation & Robotics, and a strong expertise in the design of Perception, Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Autonomous Vehicles. In 2007 he joined the Ohio State University (OH, USA) to develop an autonomous Toyota SUV at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. In 2008 he served the University of Pisa as scientific and financial responsible in the FP7 ENFICA-FC project, that led to the design of the first European hydrogen/battery powered aircraft. He kept then developing components for Autonomous and Electric/Hybrid Vehicles. Roberto is bringing his strong relations with Chinese car-makers into DriveBox, that he serves as Quality Manager.

Michele Franchi

Michele Franchi

Vehicle Integration

Eng. Michele Franchi is CTO at PITOM srl. Michele holds a Master Degree in Automation and Robotics Engineering at the University of Pisa. He spent 2 years in the Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory at the same University, developing novel autopilots and control systems for unmanned ground and aerial vehicles. He also gave strong support to the design and integration of control systems for novel hybrid vehicles. After PITOM foundation, he led all the Robotic activities within the company, comprising the Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Lawn Mowers, Aerial Drones, Autonomous Boats, and Intelligent Reach-Stackers. Michele is the Vehicle Integration & Test Manager of DriveBox.