dSpace and B-Design3D to accelerate development of AVs using highly precise simulations

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A technical partnership between dSpace and B-Design3D has been announced that will enable autonomous vehicle developers to validate sensors and algorithms during virtual test drives in high-precision 3D real-world environments, with a view to accelerating the deployment of self-driving cars.

Through the collaboration, dSpace has worked to integrate a new, 3D urban environment produced by B-Design3D into the latest release of Aurelion, dSpace’s solution for sensor-realistic simulation. This will enable the integration of top-grade visualization and realistic sensors into processes to develop and validate autonomous driving functions.

Available now with the latest Aurelion release, the 3D environment enables users to exploit the latest features of the simulation program, including material properties for all sensor types in addition to ground-truth information like semantic segmentation and bounding boxes.

B-Design3D’s environment was designed to be an extremely accurate representation of a typical downtown city block in major metropolitan areas. The 3D visual database is modular by design and can be expanded by integrating additional city blocks. The simulation software has been optimized to provide the highest level of realism, including all traffic signs and road markings on the asphalt, while maintaining peak rendering performance.

The 3D visual database is delivered with a parallel OpenDrive layer which contains the logical description of the traffic rules, enabling traffic simulation and advanced ADAS/AD scenario generation.

“The use of high-quality 3D environments is mandatory for the development of ADAS and AD applications,” explained Caius Seiger, product manager sensor simulation, dSpace. “With the integration of high-precision 3D content from B-Design3D, we further complement Aurelion’s high-fidelity sensor simulation on an expanded range of possible driving scenarios all over the world.”

“We’re incredibly excited about this collaboration with dSpace. Our teams have worked hard to ensure the seamless integration of our 3D Environment into Aurelion,” said Yoram Bentzur, CEO of B-Design3D. “We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the growing Aurelion user community through the provision of additional, fully compatible 3D environments for any location on Earth.”

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