The combination of Ansys’s high-fidelity physics simulation and IPG Automotive’s driving simulation is expected to speed the validation and verification of autonomous vehicles. (Image: IPG Automotive)

PITTSBURGH—Ansys reported that it is collaborating with IPG Automotive  to fast-track the creation, integration, and validation of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features and autonomous vehicles (AVs).

The partnership between the two companies combines high-fidelity physics simulation— Ansys® VRXPERIENCE®—with IPG Automotive’s “best-in-class” driving simulation, CarMaker. The aim is to empower joint customers to virtually verify and validate sensor design and performance, speeding development and time-to-market, Ansys said in a release.

“Our partnership with IPG Automotive will enable our mutual customers to use an industry-leading driving simulator seamlessly integrated into our VRXPERIENCE solution,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys, in the release. “Through this partnership, we are providing mutual customers with the necessary technologies to improve and expedite ADAS and AV development and delivery, also leading to reduced accidents on the road thanks to improved safety measures.”

Automotive OEMs and suppliers need to test complex interactions between ADAS features, such as automatic emergency braking or an autonomous vehicle and its surrounding environment, traffic, and weather across millions of scenarios. Such testing is necessary to meet rigorous safety standards. But physical road testing would require billions of miles of safety testing, an extremely expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Only simulation can bring AVs to market in our lifetime, Ansys said in the release.

Integrated within VRXPERIENCE, CarMaker is an open test platform that can be applied throughout the entire development process. CarMaker includes a complete environment that comprises flexible models of intelligent drivers, detailed vehicles, roads, and traffic. The event and maneuver-based testing method is said to ensure that the flexibility and realistic execution of real-world test driving are also features of virtual test driving.

“Valeo is a world leader in ADAS, and simulation plays a key role in the design and validation of our products,” said Joachim Mathes, chief technical officer of Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistant Business Group, in the release. “Valeo strongly encouraged Ansys and IPG Automotive’s cooperation. The collaboration will allow us to accurately simulate the physical properties of our components in combination with real-time system behavior, including vehicle dynamics. This will help us to go even further in the verification and validation of new and innovative ADAS and AV features.”

VRXPERIENCE provides users with HMI (human machine interface) testing, physical sensor simulation, embedded software controls integration, headlamp simulation, and links to simulation data management,  and systems safety analysis.

“As vehicle systems continue to become more complex, it is increasingly important that they are tested under realistic conditions,” said Martin Elbs, general manager, sales and business development at IPG Automotive, in the release. “Together with Ansys, we are helping automotive OEMs improve the safety and reliability of AVs and ADAS while reducing cost and time to market.”

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