Siemens develops validation program to accelerate AV development
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Autonomy | Validation category
As advances in computer processing continue to play an increasingly prominent role in automotive evolution, carmakers and their suppliers are turning to custom silicon designs to deliver the right blend of cost, power, performance, and advanced features necessary to enable an autonomous future. Siemens Digital Industries Software has responded to this new paradigm by developing the PAVE360 pre-silicon autonomous validation environment to accelerate the development of AV platforms. It represents the first output of an innovation process from the combination of Mentor and Siemens employees, ideas, and technologies two years ago. The program supports the deep, cross-ecosystem collaboration necessary for its customers to develop powerful custom silicon and software solutions for the AV revolution. It provides an environment for multi-supplier collaboration across the automotive ecosystem for the development of next-generation automotive chips. It extends digital-twin simulation beyond processors to include automotive hardware and software subsystems, full vehicle models, fusion of sensor data, traffic flows, and even the simulation of Smart Cities through which self-driving cars will travel. The program enables full, closed-loop validation of the sensing/decision-making/actuating chain at the heart of all automated driving systems. This principle hinges on rigorous pre-silicon validation of rules-based and AI-based approaches to safe self-driving in the context of the full digital twin. Siemens says that PAVE360 democratizes chip design, enabling carmakers, chipmakers, Tier 1 suppliers, software houses, and other vendors to collaborate on the development and customization of extraordinarily complex silicon devices for AVs. It establishes a design-simulation-emulation solution that scales from individual blocks of a system-on-chip IP, to hardware and software on SoCs, to vehicle subsystems, and up through deployment of vehicles in smart cities—a true “chip-to-city” approach based on the increasing digitalization of the automotive industry.
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