Velodyne and Ansys to transform AV safety with lidar

April 15, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Velodyne and Ansys to transform AV safety with lidar
The collaboration involves developing highly accurate physics-based models of Velodyne's lidar sensor to detect and track driving hazards for autonomous vehicle safety.

Velodyne and Ansys are developing highly accurate physics-based software models of next-generation autonomous vehicle (AV) lidar sensors to provide substantially improved hazard identification capabilities for highly advanced AVs. The collaboration takes Velodyne's lidar design and incorporates it 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, lidar sensors must perform countless miles of exhaustive physical testing, which radically increases the development cost of the system.

Velodyne and Ansys will integrate an encrypted 'black box' physics-based lidar sensor model into Ansys® VRXPERIENCE™, a next-gen, 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 countless edge case driving scenarios across millions of miles and substantially reduce physical tests. As OEMs integrate Velodyne's lidar into their ADAS portfolio, VRXPERIENCE will reduce development costs by enhancing lidar placement within AVs and validating AV performance.


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