Ansys, Velodyne team up for autonomous vehicle safety

April 13, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Ansys, Velodyne team up for autonomous vehicle safety
Simulation expert Ansys and lidar sensor provider Velodyne are developing software models of automotive lidar sensors to provide substantially improved hazard identification capabilities for highly advanced AVs. The collaboration incorporates Velodyne's lidar design into Ansys' virtual sensor suite and expedites automakers' integration of Velodyne's sensor into AVs — delivering industry-leading driving safety and a drastically faster path to market.

One of the challenges facing many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is the robustness of the system to dependably test and recognize potentially dangerous edge case scenarios. To manage these anomalies, AVs require lidar as a redundant detection technology that effectively locates and tracks objects across an incredibly wide range of operational situations. However, to be validated as reliable enough for automotive use, lidar sensors must perform countless miles of exhaustive physical testing, which significantly increases the development cost of the system.

Against this backdrop, Velodyne is collaborating with Ansys to integrate an encrypted 'black box' physics-based lidar sensor model into Ansys VRXperience, a real-time interactive driving simulator that models, evaluates and validates lidar designs within a highly realistic virtual environment. This end-to-end capability empowers engineers to rapidly model high numbers of edge case driving scenarios across millions of miles and substantially reduce physical tests. As OEMs integrate Velodyne's lidar into their ADAS portfolio, VRXperience promises to reduce development costs by enhancing lidar placement within AVs and validating AV performance.

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