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Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors, the simulation giant’s autonomous vehicle (AV) sensor modeling and testing software, is now available within NVIDIA DRIVE Sim, a scenario-based simulator to develop and test automotive AI. By integrating these technologies, engineers can simulate camera, lidar, radar and thermal camera sensor data to help train and validate ADAS and AV systems.
NVIDIA DRIVE Sim is based on NVIDIA Omniverse, an industrial digitization platform based on universal scene description (OpenUSD) applications.
To meet safety standards, the AI within ADAS and AV systems must be trained and tested on millions of edge cases on billions of miles of roads. It’s not possible to do all these tests in the real world within a reasonable budget or amount of time. As a result, engineers need to use simulated environments to safely test at scale. With the latest integration of Ansys and NVIDIA technology, sensor and software performance can be tested in a digital world to meet these safety requirements.
In other words, engineers will be able to predict the performance of AV sensors, such as camera, lidar, radar and thermal camera sensors, using Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors’ simulations which will gather inputs based on digital worlds created using NVIDIA DRIVE Sim.
“Perception is crucial for AV systems, and it requires validation through real-world data for the AI to make smart, safe decisions,” said Walt Hearn, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer excellence at Ansys. “Combining Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors with NVIDIA DRIVE Sim, powered by Omniverse, provides a rich playground for developers to test and validate critical environmental interactions without limitations, paving the way for OEMs to accelerate AV technology development.”
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