Siemens Unveils Simulation Tool for Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Siemens AG last week rolled out a simulation tool that could help automakers reduce the vast number of physical test miles required for the validation of autonomous vehicles.

Known as PAVE360, the new tool allows developers to design and test an autonomous vehicle System-on-Chip (SoC) and its surrounding electronic components in a completely virtual environment. The new product performs its simulations by combining virtual real-world scenarios with virtual models of cameras, radar, LiDAR, processors and other components. In essence, it sends the virtual data from the “sensors” to the silicon, enabling the SoCs to be tested under any “what-if” types of conditions, including the presence of rain, snow, ice, sunlight, darkness, traffic and moving obstacles, such as a deer, or a pedestrian pushing a baby buggy.

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