Volvo Pitches for AV Tech Verification

Volvo has embarked on an autonomous vehicle simulation partnership with Foretellix in a bid to define verification of the technology both on highways and confined areas.

Both companies hope jointly to create a Coverage Driven Verification solution for autonomous vehicles enabling large scale testing of millions of different scenarios to help validate AVs and machines dealing with anything they might encounter within their specified operational design domain (ODD).

The partnership will focus on providing high levels of safety and productivity of Volvo Autonomous Solutions’ vehicles and machines. The ability of the solution to orchestrate large scale simulation and conduct the big data analysis required could lead to a substantial reduction in costs and time to market, ensuring faster operational readiness and the ability to safely scale up the system across multiple sites and ODDs.

Foretellix has developed a verification platform that uses intelligent automation and big data analytics tools that coordinate and monitor millions of driving scenarios, to expose bugs and edge cases, including the most extreme cases. The partners will use the Open Measurable Scenario Description Language (M-SDL) which claims to simplify the capture, reuse and sharing of scenarios and can specify a mix of scenarios and operating conditions, to identify previously unknown hazards.

Magnus Liljeqvist, global technology manager at Volvo Autonomous Solutions, said: “Volvo Autonomous Solutions believes in a collaborative verification concept, one that uses open standards. The partnership with Foretellix gives us access to the state-of-the-art verification tools and accelerating our time to market.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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