AVT Expo Day 2: Aimsun launches path planning software

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Aimsun Auto, launched at Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, is a new a software platform for large-scale design and validation of path planning algorithms for self-driving vehicles. The new software was presented for the first time at Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo 2019.

The software allows test engineers to synthetically generate, execute, and analyze tens of thousands of scenarios virtually, to test the path planning of automated driving algorithms in a safe, repeatable virtual environment.

Alex Gerodimos, chief operating officer, commented on the importance: “In testing, you have to test rogue events and erratic behavior. Firstly, you have to be able to introduce the erratic behavior – the plausible scenarios – in an efficient way. Secondly, once the simulations are finished, you need some sophistication and automation in the way you detect rogue events and bring them to the attention of the developer.”

The software is designed to offer seamless integration with 3D sensor simulation tools such as Simcenter PreScan and 3D visualization engines like Unity and Unreal Engine. To speed up the process, it also allows for automatic creation of wide-area simulation models from imported high-definition maps. Alternatively, it can also work with proprietary HD maps.

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