The Next Plateau For Autonomous Driving

April 24, 2018 Rich Nass

About a year ago, I reported on a story out of Mentor Graphics, that the company was releasing a chipset aimed at autonomous driving. The chipset, the DRS360, was based on a Xilinx Zynq FPGA. Fast forward to today, and Mentor Graphics is now a division of Siemens, and that gives them a little more muscle.

That muscle has resulting in what the company is calling “a breakthrough solution for the development of autonomous driving systems.” As part of the Simcenter portfolio, the solution minimizes the need for extensive physical prototyping while reducing the number of logged test miles needed to demonstrate autonomous vehicle safety thanks to some innovative testing methods, including the latest simulation techniques.

Available in the third quarter of this year, Simcenter leverages advanced, physics-based simulation and advanced sensor data processing to significantly reduce the development, verification, and validation of self-driving cars.

A big piece of the Siemens solution hails from TASS International, which is now a Siemens property. The company’s PreScan simulation environment produces realistic, physics-based simulated raw sensor data for an unlimited number of driving scenarios and traffic situations. That data is then fed into Mentor’s DRS360 platform, where it’s fused in real time to create a high-resolution model of the vehicle’s environment and driving conditions. The DRS360 tests and refines the algorithms for things like object recognition.

The platform works in environments that take advantage of LiDAR, radar, and other vision-sensing technologies to develop physics-based, 3D simulated versions of specific sensor modules.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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