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Driving Toward Autonomous Cars & ADAS: The Future is Now

Autonomous car ADAS

Read any automotive-related article and I’m sure it discusses autonomous cars and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)  - the benefits, the challenges and what the future may hold. More and more auto makers are moving toward developing autonomous cars and other vehicles, but many of the systems that will eventually be integrated into these vehicles to make them fully autonomous are being developed today. In fact, you probably have some of them in the car you are driving now — Collision Mitigation Braking,  Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Keeping Assistance to name a few. These ADAS applications present a new set of challenges and require a multi-disciplinary development approach. You can read more about these development areas in a blog written by my colleague, Sandeep Sovani.

So, how do we go from ADAS-enabled vehicles to fully autonomous vehicles? Toyota Motor Corporation’s president Mr. Akio Toyoda echoed the same need at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, projecting that 8.8 billion miles of testing, including simulation, would be needed for developing self-driving cars. In contrast Google recently completed a cumulative total of 2.6 million miles of testing with its fleet of self-driving cars over the past six years. At this rate, we’ll have to wait 26,400 years before we can hail self-driving cabs, or sip a latté while our car takes us to our destination.

Simulation is key if we want to drive toward fully autonomous vehicles. As more and more automakers and suppliers develop ADAS applications that will drive the future of fully autonomous vehicles, they must consider six areas of development: driving scenario systems simulation, software and algorithm development, functional safety analysis, sensor simulation, electronics and hardware simulation and semiconductor simulation. In order to remain competitive, automakers and their suppliers must continue to innovate and provide additional ADAS applications in the cars that will hit the market next year.

ADAS Infographic

So how can they accelerate the development process for these new ADAS applications to reach fully autonomous cars? ANSYS has solutions in these areas that are helping auto makers and their suppliers to accelerate this pace.  Check out the infographic. It provides details on the six areas of simulation and software development that are driving ADAS applications today, as well as a bunch of other interesting information.

AutoRadar autonomous vehicles

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If you’d like to learn more about how Ansys is powering ADAS development, take a look at our white paper, Fast-Tracking Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles Development with Simulation or check out an on-demand webinar in which our experts explain the challenges and opportunities of ADAS development - the future is now!