Siemens says new tool can speed autonomous-vehicle development

A new solution that combines simulation tools and on-board sensor-fusion technology could cut a significant amount of development time for autonomous vehicles and other advanced driver-assistance systems, Siemens says.

The new platform marries products from two Siemens companies, Mentor Graphics, which chips in its DRS360 onboard computing platform, and TASS, provider of development and testing simulation software.

The DRS360 is an embedded hardware platform that can serve as the domain controller for Level 3-5 automated-driving technology. The centralised processor takes in raw data from various on-board vehicle sensors, fuses the data and then feeds it into the decision-making software algorithms that control the vehicle’s automated-driving functions.

Because the system only processes the data relevant for each application, it can act faster and operate more efficiently, drawing on only about 100 watts of the vehicle’s electrical power. The more experimental autonomous vehicles typical of today have power loads measured in thousands of watts. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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