Simulation-based Autonomous Vehicle Testing
Virtual verification services to ensure autonomous vehicles are road safe
Is my autonomous vehicle road safe?
Autonomous vehicle testing ensures that a vehicle is road safe by ensuring that enough measures exists to safeguard people both inside and around the vehicle. Testing via physical trials is reliable but the costs can be high, and it is often difficult to test all the possible scenarios (view our white paper for details).
By combining Virtual Simulation-based testing with the results of mandated physical trials T&VS are able to offer a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to autonomous vehicle testing, where the data generated can be compared with a few physical scenarios to establish a higher level of trust.
Virtual verification uses a simulation environment and a testbench to test the autonomous vehicle, where the simulation environment provides the software to run and visualize the test while the testbench is used to configure, run and record the results. Virtual verification can be used at various stages of the autonomous vehicle development lifecycle. T&VS has extensive experience working on autonomous vehicle verification at all stages, including the acquisition of some unique capabilities following our involvement in the recent Robopilot and Capri research projects.
- Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
- Robotics (for Road Networks)
- Safe CAV Deployment
Autonomous Vehicle Whitepaper
The importance of virtual verification combined with physical trials to establish trust in autonomous vehicles.
Expert, independent services for autonomous vehicle testing
Custom Testbench Development
- Used for verification and validation
- Using CARLA simulator – Unreal for autonomous vehicles
- Support for road vehicles, pods, drones and robotic systems
Map & Navigation Mesh Development
- Using Roadrunner and Recast & Detour library
- City sections, road furniture, driving conditions, navigation maps, etc.
Typical Methodologies Used
- Directed tests
- Constraint randomization
- Agent-based testing
Scope of Testing
- Autonomous Control System (ACS) testing
- API testing
- Fleet management system testing
- Security testing
Adherence to Safety Standards
- Simulations developed in compliance to ISO 26262
Reporting, Infrastructure and Support
- Accurate reports that can be crossed checked with physical testing
- Support for requirements management and coverage
- In-house availability of high-end simulation and rendering machines
- Dedicated support team
Overcoming the Challenges in Autonomous Vehicle Testing
As with physical trials, there are many challenges associated with developing a comprehensive and reliable virtual test environment. By working with T&VS our clients have been able to leverage our expertise, experience, and independence to ensure that their autonomous vehicles are appropriately and cost-effectively tested to be road safe.