Why is it difficult to simulate an autonomous vehicle?

Meet us at the Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley 2017

March 1st, 2017 | Innovation

Self driving car

Welcome to the age of autonomy!  Today car manufacturers such as Audi, Bentley, BMW, Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and many others are seeing further: they're working today on the self-driving cars of tomorrow. For a couple of years, self-driving cars have been everywhere, parading in autonomous mode in TV commercials or during major exhibitions. From OEMs to Tier-1 suppliers, from engineers to designer, everyone in the automotive world is now in the race to the autonomous vehicle. Many challenges are yet to be tackled, especially in the field of simulation, since autonomous vehicles are not ready yet to be driven by the average people in the street! The automotive industry now needs to ensure that their automation technologies are going to work in any situations. The best way to do so is to simulate the driving situation.  

However, simulating every detail of a driving simulation is a real challenge! In order to evaluate the response of the autonomous vehicle in a risky situation, it is necessary to virtually represent a wide amount of elements:  


  • Various obstacles, such as pedestrians or other vehicles 
  • The road, its state, the rain-drenched tarmac 
  • The vehicle, its behavior, mechanical characteristics, state and location 
  • The environment, the level of visibility, weather conditions and various road signs  
  • The driver, his or her attention, glance and fatigue 

These elements all have their characteristics, in different languages and software. The challenge for industries is to integrate all these heterogeneous data into a single model. To answer this, OPTIS has developed its interactive driving simulator to help the automotive key players. Using a single platform reduces the complexity of the simulation and experience, all within fully immersive virtual reality. OPTIS' driving simulator considers all the interactions of the driver and passengers with the autonomous vehicle, all the environment, the obstacles and road’s state, and enables to understand how to engineer the vehicle specifically to make sure it will meet the customers' expectation while working in any situation. But that's not all! OPTIS also supports industrials in the development of lighting systems and sensors which meet the increasing need for design and testing through the use of virtual prototypes, in the fields of ADAS. 

To enable the transportation industry to innovate day after day and to share our expertise and pieces of knowledge with you, we are exhibiting at the "Autonomous vehicles Silicon Valley 2017" all week! Hoping to meet you there...  


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