Simulation specialist dSpace and LeddarTech, a developer of Levels 1-5 ADAS and AD sensing technology, have entered a partnership to jointly develop lidar simulation methods for autonomous driving. The companies state that the cooperation will enable the provision of high-precision simulation models and interfaces for lidar sensors, enabling OEMs and suppliers to integrate lidar innovations into ready-for-application solutions faster.
Dr Christopher Wiegand, product manager at dSpace, explained, “This partnership will enable our customers to accurately and quickly perform validation tasks for lidar applications. Without reliable simulations, automated driving systems (SAE Levels 3-5) cannot be achieved.”
For example, the emulation of new laser sensors within simulation solutions will be possible at an early development stage. Moreover, simulation models for testing and validation, as well as the sensor simulation environment for validating camera, lidar and radar sensors throughout the development process, will all be made available.
dSpace notes that its simulation solution generates point clouds in real time to simulate objects. The simulation models can then be used to help determine the most effective positioning of the sensor on the vehicle (sweet spot), as well as the sensor limits (corner cases).
“OTA simulation is a key innovation for lidar. Integrating LeddarTech’s lidar products and dSpace’s simulation software through a generic sensor interface enables each party to validate products and services to potential customers,” added Michael Poulin, VP, strategic partnerships and corporate development, LeddarTech.
“Enabling the validation of environmental sensors material properties and weather condition is crucial in simulations. LeddarTech and dSpace will work together on (further) developing and modeling sensor-specific environmental effects such as rain, fog spray, etc.”