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AV safety collaboration targets complex AI reliability challenges

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By Rich Pell


In the agreement, Edge Case Research will integrate its AV artificial intelligence (AI) perception stress testing and risk analysis system, Hologram, within ANSYS’ AV simulation solution with a goal to deliver a solution to maximize the safety of AVs. The end-to-end capability of this collaboration, say the companies, analyzes AV algorithms to detect unusual hazardous driving scenario “edge cases” to advance the development of and help to validate perception algorithms in the most advanced AV systems.

To ensure the highest safety of an AV and make fully autonomous vehicles a reality, say the companies, developers need tools to automatically identify these challenging edge cases in a way that is far more scalable than manual data labeling.

“Edge Case delivers a powerful data testing and analytics platform that unlocks the value of petabytes of AV’s recorded road data to find edge cases, significantly accelerating the development of safer, AI-driven perception software,” says Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager at ANSYS. “Underlying capabilities have been incorporated into our recently announced collaboration with BMW. Together we will usher in a new era of AI and shape the future of safe autonomous driving.”

Mike Wagner, CEO at Edge Case Research adds, “We chose to partner with ANSYS because of their deep expertise in safety, which is critical to understanding how products like Hologram, VRXPERIENCE, and SCADE can be used together in support of safety cases for autonomous products. ANSYS and Edge Case Research will deliver an unprecedented comprehensive capability for safeguarding the next generation of autonomous driving systems.”

The Hologram perception stress testing and risk analysis system can be scaled to other industries such as aerospace and defense, mining, agriculture, industrial robotics, and any other domain that relies on AI-based vision and perception software.

ANSYS
Edge Case Research

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