Automated driving functions will increase driving comfort and offer ever-greater safety.
Automated driving functions will increase driving comfort and offer ever-greater safety.
( Source: IPG Automotive)

Simulation Project develops platform for simulation-based development and testing of automated vehicles in urban areas

Editor: Florian Richert

In the future, vehicles are equipped with automation levels 4 and 5. A new research project investigates the requirements and possibilities of simulated applications.

Vehicles with automation levels 4 and 5 developed for possible use as automated car-sharing or pooling vehicles, or transport services in the sense of fully automated people mover or delivery vehicles. The development and especially the testing of such vehicles is a great challenge. In the project SET Level 4to5 - Simulation-based development and testing of Level 4 and 5 systems - the basics for efficient testing during development using simulation-based methods and tools are provided. Thereby comprehensive testing of automated vehicles in complex traffic situations is possible. The simulation software CarMaker from IPG Automotive supports the project in the integration of sensor models and driving functions.

Advantages of automated mobility

Future vehicles bring their passengers safely, efficiently and comfortably to their destination. Thanks to automated driving functions, it will increase driving comfort and offer ever-greater safety. There can be quite different degrees of automation for such features. Vehicles on level 4 are capable of self-controlling for the more significant part of the journey, even in urban areas. The driver can take over tasks but generally does not have to. If the vehicle steers itself through the traffic at any time, without the possibility of intervention via the steering wheel and pedals, we speak of level 5 cars. Although the design and development of automated driving functions have made significant progress in recent years, numerous tests are required in addition to the legal framework to approve and register these vehicles. Simulations are an adequate means to accelerate the development process and save costs.

Testing and identifying solutions through simulation

In the research project, partners from industry and science work closely together to develop practical solutions and prepare standardization activities. The goal is an open, flexible and expandable platform that supports simulation-based studies and simulation-based testing of level 4 and 5 vehicles in urban traffic situations. "The focus of our work in the research project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a simulation-based development process, to participate in standardization activities and to ensure the exchangeability of models between supplier and OEM", summarizes Marina Liebich, Junior Business Development Manager ADAS & Automated Driving at IPG Automotive.

The further development of simulation-based methods and tools should create the basis for efficient testing during development and comprehensive, reliable testing of automated vehicles in complex traffic situations. The goal is to create an essential foundation for the verification and validation as well as later release and approval of automated Level 4 and 5 vehicles.
The SET Level 4to5 project builds directly on the results of the PEGASUS research project, which focused on the testing of Level 3 automated driving functions on motorways.