Dr Thomas Gillespie, a director at Mechanical Simulation, recently lectured on vehicle dynamic simulation tools at the University of Michigan’s October short course on connected and automated vehicles.
The four-day course was part of the College of Engineering Integrative Systems and Design Professional Program, which hosts lectures from leading US researchers on connected vehicle R&D.
The vehicle dynamics lecture covered the latest features in CarSim for virtual testing of ADAS and autonomous vehicle control systems. CarSim provides vehicles, test procedures, road environments and sensors needed by controls engineers to test and evaluate systems.
One of the recent advances involves adding capability to the VS visualizer for dynamic storage of the video raster data in a shared memory buffer allowing concurrent analysis of the visual image by user developed video-processing algorithms such as lane edge tracking algorithms. Such algorithms can be developed using MATLAB, Simulink, or custom C code.
In addition to color video data, VS visualizer also provides raster buffers containing distance and surface normals, which could be used to emulate radar. Import of GPS routing data via the proprietary Atlas program was also presented.
November 2, 2016