Regarding autonomous vehicles there is a common agreement across the automotive industry has developed that validation of SAE Level 4 and 5 (highly automated) vehicle systems based on miles driven is neither feasible nor economical. Moreover, testing on public roads has severe limitations and hazards. A comprehensive scenario-based development and validation methodology is therefore needed to ensure safety in the entire operational design domain.
In this context, a Hexagon company, MSC Software and AVL have announced a collaborative partnership for research, development and customer projects in the field of simulation and testing of Autonomous Driving (AD) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) systems.
AVL is a test system provider, and is developing a scenario-based open verification and validation toolchain to generate operational scenarios, create the relevant test cases, and execute testing and homologation of automated driving functions in combined virtual and real road environments based on an open and integrated tool environment.
MSC’s parent company, Hexagon’s VIRES VTD (Virtual Test Drive) is a tool-suite for the creation, configuration, presentation and evaluation of virtual environments in the scope of road and rail based ADAS/AD simulations. As per company, it covers a range from the generation of 3D content to the simulation of complex traffic scenarios and, finally, to the simulation of either simplified or physically driven sensors. Due to its open and modular nature, VTD can easily be interfaced and integrated into other AD applications.
The companies discussed their respective technological and industry backgrounds and came to the conclusion that a collaboration will create additional value to their customers in the field of testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance, and active safety systems.
Source: Press Release