Autonomous Vehicle

Spirent & dSPACE partner to enhance real-time testing for autonomous driving hardware

PAIGNTON, UK and PADERBORN, GERMANY – January 25, 2024 – Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT) and dSPACE have entered into a technology partnership to make real-time positioning scenarios for Autonomous Driving Hardware-in-the-Loop test systems (AD-HIL) even more realistic. The partnership enables developers to accelerate development timelines and time to market. This collaboration provides institutions with a comprehensive test and measurement solution for their research data. It also helps them ensure the quality and integrity of their research findings.

Based on years of cooperation between dSPACE and Spirent, the latest collaboration offers customers a turnkey solution. This solution extends the leading dSPACE AD-HIL to include the Spirent GSS7000 high-fidelity global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) simulator. Developers of autonomous driving systems can validate vehicle behavior in location-critical scenarios using real satellite signals. All of the tooling is pre-integrated from a single source provider to ensure performance and continuity. Moreover, this approach helps accelerate development.

Increasing levels of driving automation and the associated responsibility for OEMs mean that the precision and latency of GNSS-enabled systems are becoming more and more critical. This is especially true for SAE Levels of Driving Automation™ at or beyond Level 3. In addition to dSPACE’s powerful AD-HIL with radar, camera, lidar, and ultrasonic sensor simulation interfaces, the GSS7000 simulator, with high fidelity RF signal generation and low latency response, becomes an additional sensor working in parallel for validation of driver assistance algorithms, and a vital element of the digital homologation of the future. Jamming and spoofing scenarios can be validated as security-relevant functional tests for highly autonomous platforms. Spirent’s SimHIL software interface ensures performant and reliable communication between each partner’s systems.

“By seamlessly integrating Spirent’s high-resolution GNSS simulators into the dSPACE test solutions, we enable our customers. Moreover, this enables them to achieve comprehensive validation of autonomous driving applications. This also integration increases safety and precision through the integration of positioning data,” explained Dr. Herbert Schuette, Executive Vice President at dSPACE.

“We are very excited to be partnering with dSPACE,” said Adam Price, Spirent’s Vice President of PNT Simulation. “We focus on quality, accuracy, and reliability in our complementary portfolios. Together, they ensure that the industry demands testing the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles to the level of efficiency and safety.”

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