Supporting the development of
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
& Autonomous Driving Systems
Paris, France, July 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESI Group , pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the latest release of its sensor simulation platform Pro-SiVIC TM , acquired last year along with the company CIVITEC. Serving the transportation industries, ESI Pro-SiVICTM allows industrial manufacturers to virtually test the operational performance of the various perception systems onboard a vehicle or aircraft. Influencing factors, such as lighting conditions, weather, and other road users are accurately represented. Pro-SiVIC TM is used to build realistic real-life 3D scenarios and experience them interactively in real-time; eliminating the need for physical prototypes. In this way, users quickly and precisely study the performance of embedded systems in typical or critical use cases and ensure products are safe and reliable in operation.
|Image: Realistic 3D scene of vehicles driving around a city: ESI Pro-SiVICTM enables engineers to model how sensors perceive scenes and how smart products make decisions.|
Today, with the integration of a rising number of perception sensors in the objects that surround us - be they our cars, phones, or homes - objects are becoming smart and increasingly autonomous. Unfortunately this intelligence generates a complexity that may compromise the operational performance of products. With Pro-SiVICTM ESI meets this challenge directly and is specifically prepared to support the significant R&D efforts required by the fast growing markets of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles.
With the latest release of Pro-SiVICTM, version 2016, ESI addresses sensor specialists and ADAS designers, integration and validation teams. To support their daily work, Pro-SiVICTM integrates key sensor models based on a wide range of technologies: cameras, RADAR, LIDAR (laser scanners), ultrasonic sensors, GPS, odometer, and communication devices. This makes the solution suitable for applications in various industries that use sensing for the control and command of systems - including the automotive, aeronautics and marine sectors. Sensors can be integrated into realistic 3D scenes. Taking the automotive sector as an example, Pro-SiVICTM provides a quantity of environment catalogs that provide representation of various types of roads (urban, highway, country side), various traffic signs and lane markings.
To build on these unique capabilities, Pro-SiVICTM 2016 introduces new RADAR sensor models - covering not only the functional aspect of the sensors, but offering the fully detailed modelling that includes antenna characteristics and their impact on performance, on-board processing and the characteristics of radar targets (such as Radar Cross-Sections). Such advanced options are possible thanks to the ability to chain Pro-SiVICTM with ESI's Computational Electromagnetic solution CEM One.
"The addition of Pro-SiVICTM to ESI's solutions portfolio translates into unprecedented capabilities. As their Virtual Prototypes integrate sensor behavior, industrial manufacturers become fully equipped to consider various design options, that are not only based on multi-domain product performance, but also on the product's performance when in operation. They can now ensure product robustness and reliability thanks to the ability to investigate different failure modes early in product development process," explains Serge Laverdure, Director of Virtual Systems & Controls at ESI Group.
The leading organisations promoting international development of the French economy and foreign investment - Business France and BPI France - are well-aware of the need for disruptive technology that will support the development of autonomous vehicles. They have chosen Pro-SiVICTM as one of the 8 French technologies to embark on their program "Ubimobility - Connected Cars France": a 10-month program designed to enable French companies to compete in the North American autonomous vehicle market.
For more information on ESI Pro-SiVICTM, please visit http://www.esi-group.com/software-solutions/virtual-environment/virtual-systems-controls/pro-sivictm
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ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtually replicating the fabrication, assembly and testing of products in different environments. Today, coupled with Virtual Reality, animated by systems models, and benefiting from data analytics, Virtual Prototyping becomes immersive and interactive: ESI's clients can bring their products to life, ensuring reliable performance, serviceability and maintainability. ESI solutions help world-leading OEM's and innovative companies make sure that their products will pass certification tests - before any physical prototype is built - and that new products are competitive in their market space. Virtual Prototyping addresses the emerging need for products to be smart and autonomous and supports industrial manufacturers in their digital transformation.
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