Software company ANSYS and BMW have announced a multi-year agreement to create the industry’s first holistic simulation tool chain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.
According to an ANSYS press release, the simulation tool chain will enable highly automated and autonomous driving (AD) with the first vehicle launch expected in just two years.
The German automaker on its part will leverage ANSYS’ broad pervasive engineering simulation solutions and experience to speed up the development of a safety-focused solution for the validation of AD systems.
AVs having the potential to significantly reduce traffic accidents, and this could in turn save than 600,000 lives annually.
But before they drive the highways in large numbers, AVs must first support safety testing through rigorous testing in complex driving environments, including boundless road conditions and weather scenarios.
This naturally requires billions of miles of physical road tests across numerous driving conditions – unless substituted with simulation tools.
Both BMW and ANSYS are well aware of how simulation greatly reduces the need for physical testing as well as bringing safe AVs to the highways in a fraction of the time.
The new automated simulation tool chain will make efficient use of BMW´s large amount of sensor data through intelligent data analytics and the creation of scenarios according to statistical relevance and AD system sensitivity.
The scenarios include usual driving situations and corner cases to ensure maximum test coverage.
The tool chain will then be used to validate rigorous safety assessments of the AD systems in a high-performance virtual environment.
The multi-year agreement also adds impetus to BMW Group’s Level 3 offering and Level 4-5 technology, delivering on high/full automation for the highly anticipated BMW iNEXT program.
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