April 12, 2021

AnsysVelodyneSim400x275Velodyne and Ansys have announced they are developing software models of next-generation automotive lidar sensors in order to provide improved hazard identification capabilities for autonomous vehicles. The collaboration incorporates Velondyne’s lidar design into Ansys’ virtual sensor suite and expedites automakers’ integration of Velodyne’s sensor into AVs, delivering driving safety and a drastically faster path to market, the companies said in a statement.

One of the challenges for many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is the ability to dependably test and recognize potentially dangerous edge case scenarios, Ansys said. To manage these anomalies, AVs require lidar as a redundant detection technology that can locate and track objects across several operational situations. But to be validated as reliable, lidar sensors must perform countless miles of exhaustive physical testing, which radically increases the development cost.

The Velodyne and Ansis collaboration will integrate an encrypted “black box” physics-based lidar sensor model into Ansys’ VRXPERIENCE, a next-generation, real-time interactive driving simulator that models, evaluates, and validates lidar designs within a highly realistic virtual environment. The end-to-end capability lets engineers rapidly model countless edge-case driving scenarios across millions of miles to substantially reduce physical tests. As OEMs integrate Velodyne’s lidar into their ADAS portfolio, the VRXPERIENCE aims to reduce development costs by enhancing lidar placement with AVs and validating the AV performance.

“Ansys VRXPERIENCE supports faster development and deployment of ADAS solutions using Velodyne’s lidar by providing a fully immersive environment to test and improve hazard identification capabilities,” said Anand Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar. “Velodyne’s focus on safety aligns with Ansys strengths in enabling informed design decisions. Our collaboration helps engineers virtually run their ADAS applications in challenging roadway conditions so they can build solutions that achieve safe navigation and collision avoidance.”

“Using VRXPERIENCE, OEMs will validate the lidar’s software stack and have full access to a validated sensor model, while preserving Velodyne’s IP,” said Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer at Ansys. “This will enable Velodyne to rapidly and cost-effectively design trailblazing lidar sensors and significantly speed delivery to market.”

Velodyne will discuss this topic in “How Lidar Sensors, Software and Simulation Advance Autonomous Applications” during Simulation World 2021 on April 20 and 21. The presentation will be available live and on-demand.