Spirent collaborates with Italdesign on CAV testing system

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Spirent, which develops GNSS (global navigation satellite systems) testing solutions, is collaborating with Italdesign to integrate different test systems into a single combined platform.

Over the past six months the companies have been working on a platform that will be able to perform both hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and software-in-the-loop (SIL) testing.

The platform combines a Spirent GSS7000 simulator with the IPG CarMaker simulation solution and runs on dSPACE Calexio hardware. Spirent recently announced an agreement with dSPACE that allows its solutions to integrate with vehicle testing systems from dSPACE. Scalexio is a real-time platform to run vehicle models.

By integrating these systems, the platform can recreate positioning information, vehicle component and dynamics data, and the traffic environment from a real-world test scenario, including the entire surrounding environment, in the virtual world.

“Conventional vehicles are driven thousands of miles during development, but this is not feasible for autonomous vehicles,” said Antonio Casu, CTO of Italdesign. “So we needed a new approach to R&D development testing that combined best-in-class components. By working with Spirent’s experts, we have created a system that will help to bring connected cars to market faster.”

“This platform will help accelerate CAV development significantly, as it combines industry-leading systems in different domains into one combined solution,” said Steve Hickling, product marketing director of Spirent’s positioning product unit. “Italdesign wanted the most realistic simulation to provide better customer experience, and our professional services team worked with the company’s experts to create this system.”

By Illya Verpraet

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