Carmaker R 8.0 comes with enhanced functionality for virtual drive tests

May 08, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Carmaker R 8.0 comes with enhanced functionality for virtual drive tests
Simulation software company IPG Automotive (Karlsruhe, Germany) has announced the latest release of ist CarMaker product family that enables vehicle developers to “virtualize” driving tests, saving time and resources over conventional test methods. For CarMaker 8.0, the company focused on enhanced functionality and improved usability of the software.

The currently observed transformation in vehicle development through virtualization requires software solutions that support users more purposefully in cross-domain tests across the entire development process of driver assistance systems and automated driving functions, powertrains and vehicle dynamics systems.

With the release 8.0 of the CarMaker product family, IPG Automotive continues the protection requirements of new systems in the field of driver assistance and automated driving functions and extends its extensive sensor portfolio with the sensor model Lidar RSI. The new model from the Raw Signal Interfaces (RSI) class enables detailed mapping of lidar sensors. Thus, users now have a virtual model available in CarMaker for all real sensor technologies.

With Release 8.0, it is now possible to use several GPUs in parallel in order to use the new Lidar RSI as well as the already existing sensor models with high performance. For example, the raw data fusion of camera, radar, ultrasound and lidar can be tested in real time - in the case of extensive test catalogs also on an HPC system or in the cloud.

The Camera RSI camera model has also been enhanced with a new function: it is now possible to obtain semantically segmented image data. This is useful for training and validating algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI). This saves time and money because manual feature extraction and classification of images for training neural networks is time-consuming and error-prone.

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