AV simulation solution offers virtual testing, development environment

September 10, 2019 //By Rich Pell
AV simulation solution offers virtual testing, development environment
Engineering simulation software provider ANSYS (Canonsburg, PA) has expanded its autonomous vehicles (AVs) solution to include new capabilities in sensors, virtual environments, and AI simulation.

The latest release of ANSYS Autonomy, part of ANSYS 2019 R3 , is designed to enable engineers to develop safer autonomous vehicles (AVs) through advanced closed-loop scenario simulation, automated driving and control software development, functional safety analysis, and sensor, camera, lidar, and radar simulation. Using simulation to virtually test AVs, says the company, is the only viable option for validating systems safety and accelerating AV development.

"In ANSYS 2019 R3, ANSYS Autonomy integrates ANSYS flagship products into a comprehensive virtual testing and development environment for AVs," says Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager, systems business unit at ANSYS. "Combined with ANSYS' comprehensive partner ecosystem, our leading-edge solutions enable customers to accelerate the future of safe autonomous driving."

ANSYS 2019 R3 extends the ANSYS SCADE family of products with the launch of ANSYS SCADE Vision, which enables customers to evaluate the safety of AI-based perception software systems and reduce object detection defects in autonomous systems. ANSYS SCADE Vision, says the company, drastically reduces the cost of AV perception software testing, enhances safety, and drives high value from AV data.

With the new release, ANSYS SCADE Suite is designed to enhance important features required for developing the most advanced automotive systems and the embedded software that controls these systems for autonomous vehicles. ANSYS 2019 R3 includes improved AUTOSAR support in SCADE for ISO 26262-certified code generation and software component design.

In addition to ANSYS SCADE Vision and ANSYS SCADE Suite, ANSYS 2019 R3 includes multiple tool enhancements to ANSYS VRXPERIENCE Driving Simulator powered by SCANeRTM, ANSYS VRXPERIENCE HMI, ANSYS SPEOSTM and ANSYS® HFSSTM SBR+. Updates to ANSYS VRXPERIENCE provide innovations in scenario simulation, sensors, sound simulations, and virtual reality (VR); the software also now offers SPEOS Live Preview.

NSYS VRXPERIENCE HMI now allows users to run and interact with embedded software in VR as a software-in-the-loop model. These updates to the ANSYS VRXPERIENCE product family, says the company, enable developers to


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