Ansys incorporates IPG’s CarMaker within VRxperience system for AD and ADAS simulation

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Simulation specialists Ansys and IPG Automotive say they are collaborating to fast-track the creation, integration and validation of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features and autonomous vehicles (AVs). By combining Ansys VRxperience with IPG Automotive’s CarMaker, the companies say they will empower customers to virtually verify and validate sensor design and performance.

With its CarMaker product family, IPG Automotive claims to offer a wide variety of features for virtual test driving. By combining Ansys VRxperience with CarMaker, it says the validation and verification of autonomous vehicles can be accelerated.

Integrated within VRxperience, CarMaker is an open test platform that can be applied throughout the entire development process. It includes a complete environment comprised of flexible models of intelligent drivers, detailed vehicles, roads and traffic. The event- and maneuver-based testing method ensures that the flexibility and realistic execution of real-world test driving are also features of virtual test driving.

“Valeo strongly encouraged Ansys and IPG Automotive’s cooperation,” said Joachim Mathes, chief technical officer of Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistant Business Group. “Valeo is a world leader in ADAS, and simulation plays a key role in the design and validation of our products. The collaboration will allow us to accurately simulate the physical properties of our components in combination with real-time system behavior, including vehicle dynamics. This will help us to go even further in the verification and validation of new and innovative ADAS and AV features.”

VRxperience provides users with HMI (human-machine interface) testing, physical sensor simulation, embedded software controls integration, headlamp simulation and links to simulation data management and systems safety analysis.

“As vehicle systems continue to become more complex, it is increasingly important that they are tested under realistic conditions,” added Martin Elbs, general manager, sales and business development at IPG Automotive. “Together with Ansys, we are helping automotive OEMs improve the safety and reliability of AVs and ADAS while reducing cost and time to market.”

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