The road to automated driving has definitely seen a few bumps! However, with
the sobering statistic of approximately 1.3 million road traffic deaths every
year and 90% of accidents being caused by human error, the quest for safer
roads is still real1. The key for car OEMs, Tier1s and especially
silicon providers is safety. Providing safe automated driving functions and
capabilities to make the roads a safer place.
Not only does the autonomous vehicle as the end-product of need to be safe,
but the development and validation processes also need to be safety aware. In
addition to safety, there are other factors to consider during the validation
process. For example, the number of miles that these cars will need to be
driven in order to truly deem them safe, plus the amount of garage space for
all the test vehicles and let’s not even start the conversation about
the municipality restrictions!
This leads us to the benefits of simulation to assist with all these issues.
NXP, in coordination with Kalray, Embotech and dSpace have developed a
simulation platform with software and hardware in-the-loop systems to create
complex and realistic virtual worlds where validation miles can be driven
safely and at a fraction of the cost and time. This is a great step for car
manufacturers before they take their testing to actual roads!
So Let’s Dive Into the Details!
NXP partners with many domain experts in the AD space to help ensure our
customers will have what they need to deliver profitable driverless solutions
to the market quickly and safely.
This is possible with the
paired with software and hardware in-the-loop systems
NXP processors in the BlueBox platform provide the
necessary automotive grade compute performance and the many connectivity
options of the BlueBox including 10GB Ethernet, CAN and automotive Ethernet,
ease the transition from the lab to the physical vehicle so you can
complement your virtual fleet with real world validation.
The dSPACE ASM simulation environment is used to provide an
accurate simulation of the vehicle surroundings, traffic participants, as
well as the sensor models (ground truth sensors, as well as a physics-based
camera sensor simulation). The output of the sensors is provided to the
autonomous driving software via the dSPACE virtual environment sensor
interface (VESI) API, which also captures the output of the sensor to close
the loop and actuate the vehicle accordingly in the simulation.
Kalray’s 3rd generation coolidge massively parallel
processor array (MPPA) perception accelerator and AI software provides the
object detection and classification application support for sensing the
world around the automated vehicle.
Embotech’s ProCruiser Highway Planner solution built
on the Forces Pro real-time optimal control software plans smooth driving
trajectories and can provide all standard functionality such as lane change
assist (LCA), automatic cruise control (ACC), traffic jam assist (TJA) and
additionally capable of handling emergency situations at the limit of
handling such as emergency braking (EM), double-lane change (DLC) maneuvers,
emergency safe stop (ESS), etc.
Witness This Live!
NXP and our partners have a live demo of this simulation at #CES2020! Our
automated driving solution with AI & functional safety will showcase the
end-to-end solution for L2 to L4 automated driving.
NXP BlueBox 2nd generation autonomous driving development
platform with production ready automotive silicon
Kalray Coolidge 3rd generation MPPA perception accelerator
and AI software
Embotech Forces Pro and ProCruiser real-time optimal
control software and highway planner solution
dSPACE ASM Traffic real-time simulation environment with
traffic, sensor simulation, full VD and BEV powertrain.
Collaboration is critical for real-world validation of Autonomous Vehicles.
The demo will once again highlight our work with perception, motion planning
and simulation partners to provide a high-performance end-to-end solution with
BlueBox for self-driving software development, testing and validation.
So don’t miss this! Stop by the NXP booth at CES, CP-18 in the Central
Source: Seattle’s Vision Zero