Autonomous cars & safety

Virtual simulation challenged to ensure the safety of road users and autonomous vehicles’ passengers

February 20th, 2017 | Partnership

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While autonomous cars are among the significant innovations of the moment, there are still many doubts regarding safety issues linked to the multiple situations encountered by the driver on the road and the reliability of on-board technologies. Immersive virtual reality solutions appear to be the best response, as they enable the emancipation of expensive real-time tests and time loss.


By integrating the SVA project – Simulation for Autonomous Vehicles – OPTIS focuses on the reliability and precision of the various vehicle’s sensors (radar, cameras…) designed to ensure the safety of its passengers and other road users. This task involves taking into account deterioration in the efficiency of the sensors: in the case of rain, in the event of glare or dirt, or if the markings on the ground are erased, for example. Therefore, the real challenge is to secure the car in spite of these external disturbances, avoiding any technical failure. Scenarios of virtual tests taking into account weather conditions and external issues will be exploited on a platform simulating the vehicle in its environment, making this immersive experience even more realistic.


The results of the project will be methods and software tools. These new technologies will initially be experienced by the industrial players of the automotive sector, before being used on public transport and industrial vehicles.


Learn more about the SVA Project!