Autonomous Vehicles and ADAS

The race to develop autonomous vehicles (AV) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is on. Major vehicle original equipment manufacturers and tier-1 suppliers, as well as disruptive newcomers, are accelerating AV and ADAS development efforts to get ahead in the race.

Autonomous driving technology — involving radar, lidar, V2X communication, sensor fusion and deep learning — is drastically different from traditional automotive technology. Moreover, it is safety critical, so any errors could quickly lead to fatal consequences.

Companies would ideally need to road test autonomous vehicles for billions of miles to meet safety standards, but that would require centuries of development time. AV and ADAS development can only be achieved with the speed, economy and precision of computer simulation. Simulation is centrally important in developing autonomous vehicles.

Using simulation, engineers can rapidly test thousands of driving scenarios. They can also optimize the performance of sensors and algorithms, accelerating time to market.

ANSYS' comprehensive simulation platform provides broad and deep capabilities for simulating autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems — everything from high-fidelity, physics-based sensor modeling to ISO26262 and AUTOSAR compliant embedded software and human-machine interface development tools.


A system-level simulation of an autonomous vehicle demonstrates how it successfully senses an obstacle and applies its brakes when a tractor-trailer crosses its path.