Autonomous testing platform adds complex scenarios
AB Dynamics' LaunchPad was designed to enable accurate and repeatable control of all key mobile features of an ADAS or autonomous vehicle test scenario.
LaunchPad uses a power controller running AB Dynamics’ Robot Controller RC software. The company's proprietary TrackFi radio shares position data with other AB Dynamics controllers via the Synchro interface, which allows its motion to be synchronized with a test vehicle and other ADAS targets. The 65 mm-tall, self-propelled chassis can carry pedestrian, cyclist, moped, scooter, or even animal dummies at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph), enabling the testing of next-generation ADAS and autonomous systems in complex scenarios. Its layout with all four wheels driven and steered is designed to give it dynamic performance and stability.
The company says LaunchPad enables more varied and realistic interactions between test vehicles and a wide selection of typical VRU targets. Programming the trajectory of LaunchPad is done via a graphical path generation utility, which enables complex scenarios with multiple moving objects to be created and run. The software is common with that used on the company’s established GST (Guided Soft Target) vehicle, already in widespread use for ADAS testing.
Mechanically, LaunchPad uses an aluminum chassis with shallow sloping sides, capable of being repeatedly run over, even by an SUV; in addition to providing a smooth over-run, the sloping sides present a low radar return. The motor-driven platform is highly maneuverable, and batteries can be quickly replaced without removing the target, to support long periods of testing.