AVL Announces Strategic Vehicle-in-the-Loop Collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz
AVL and Rohde&Schwarz have intensified their collaboration with the integration of a Rohde&Schwarz radar test system into the AVL DRIVINGCUBE™.
AVL and Rohde & Schwarz have intensified their collaboration with the integration of a Rohde & Schwarz radar test system into the AVL DRIVINGCUBE™. This creates new possibilities for testing radar-enabled ADAS features and validating autonomous driving functions on a Vehicle-in-the-Loop testbed. Now, complex driving scenarios can be generated and tested in a safe and reproducible environment.
The validation of complex advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD) functions – such as emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and highway chauffeur in all possible driving scenarios and environmental conditions – requires huge amounts of functional and non-functional validation and can be risky when conducted on the road. Additionally, new challenges of Automated Driving mean that conducting conventional real-world tests is often not feasible on the road. Instead, test methods are virtualized using X-in-the-loop (XIL) approaches such as the AVL DRIVINGCUBETM.
The AVL DRIVINGCUBE™ combines both simulation and real vehicles on a chassis dynamometer and powertrain testbed. It provides a new way to speed up the validation and approval process of ADAS and AD systems. The key concept of this solution is operating the real vehicle in a virtual environment, taking into consideration all parts of the "sense, plan, act" chain. Connecting the virtual environment to the real built-in sensors requires cutting-edge simulation technology. The conditions are completely different to those of an isolated sensor lab – particularly for testbeds.
Following their work together on GNSS simulation, AVL and Rohde & Schwarz are now collaborating on radar target simulation on the AVL DRIVINGCUBE™. The Rohde & Schwarz radar test system opens up a completely new range of possibilities for testing radar-enabled ADAS features and ensuring the safety of Autonomous Driving functions with Vehicle-in-the-Loop testbeds. Innovative antenna array technology allows complex artificial objects to be generated for the radar sensors at variable distances and with variable radial velocity, size and azimuth – without physically moving antennas or devices. A responsive real-time interface and seamless integration into AVL's virtual testing toolchain allow even challenging, complex and risky driving scenarios to be generated and tested. The system is fully future-proof thanks to a modular and scalable concept. This means that the same testbed can be used for tests of all types of vehicles with a different number of radar sensors and various sensor variants. The solution is used for the validation and application of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and other ADAS or AD functions. Furthermore, NCAP scenarios can be validated in a reproducible and safe environment.
This strategic collaboration between AVL and Rohde & Schwarz represents a game changing solution for testing and validation of radar-enabled ADAS and AD.
About Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace, security and networks and cybersecurity. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Rohde & Schwarz has about 12,300 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 fiscal year (July to June).
With more than 11,200 employees, AVL is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and beyond. Drawing on its pioneering spirit, the company provides concepts, solutions and methodologies for a greener, safer and better world of mobility.
From ideation phase to serial production, the company covers vehicle architectures and platform solutions including the impact of new propulsion systems and energy carriers. As a global technology provider, AVL’s offerings range from simulation, virtualization and test automation for product development to ADAS/AD and vehicle software. The company combines state-of-the-art and highly scalable IT, software and technology solutions with its application know-how, thereby offering customers extensive tools in areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or Embedded Systems.
AVL's passion is innovation. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and with 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is supporting customers in their mobility ambitions. In 2022, the company generated a turnover of 1.86 billion Euros, of which 11 % are invested in R&D activities to ensure continuous innovation.
Markus Tomaschitz, Company Spokesperson AVL
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