Ansys and BMW are creating what they say is, "the industry's first holistic simulation tool chain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies." The simulation tool chain is expected to enable highly automated and autonomous driving (AD), with the first vehicle launch expected in two years. BMW Group is leveraging Ansys' engineering simulation solutions with the goal of speeding the development of a safety-focused solution for the validation of AD systems.
The multi-year agreement is expected to drive development of BMW Group's Level 3 offering and Levels 4-5 technology, delivering high/full automation for the BMW iNext, expected to launch in 2021. The new automated simulation tool chain will make use of BMW´sensor data through intelligent data analytics and the creation of scenarios according to statistical relevance and AD system sensitivity. The scenarios will include usual driving situations and corner cases to ensure maximum test coverage. Based on these scenarios, the tool chain will perform safety assessments of the AD systems in a virtual environment. Ansys and BMW say they will support its adaptability and openness regarding relevant interfaces and validation approaches to accommodate and foster safety initiatives.