AVL and MSC Software partner on virtual self-driving testing and validation

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There is a common belief that validation of Level 4 and 5 autonomy based on miles driven is neither feasible nor economical so to help progress AV development AVl and MSC Software have joined forces for virtual testing and simulation solutions.

AVl, a leading test system provider, is working with MSC Software’s Vires VTD (Virtual Test Drive) tool suite for the creation, configuration, presentation and evaluation of virtual environments for road-based ADAS and AD simulations.

As testing on public roads has limitations, hazards and safety implications, a virtual scenario-based methodology for validation will offer a more comprehensive and cost-effective benefit to AV development.

The software, created by Hexagon, which MSC is part of, is able to generate 3D simulation of complex traffic scenarios and offers modular capability to be integrated into other AD applications.

“AVL and MSC have discussed their respective technological and industry backgrounds and have come to the conclusion that a collaboration will create additional value to our customers in the field of testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance, and active safety systems,” said Kai Voigt, EVP of AVL Instrumentation, Software and Technology.

“AVL’s tool chain strategy is based on an open and integrated tool environment. This approach allows the integration of different tools and content such as Vires VTD and Adams from MSC, an important aspect of the virtual and real validation of autonomous vehicles.”

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