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Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors
Test and Validate Sensors Sensors Perception for Autonomous Vehicles

Ansys AVxcelerate provides accurate sensor simulation capabilities, enabling you to test your autonomous systems, including sensor perception, faster than relying only on actual driving or recorded data.

Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors

Realistic Driving Scenarios using the Driving Simulator of Your Choice

Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors provides physically accurate sensor simulation for autonomous system testing with sensor perception. Save testing time and cost while increasing perception performances for the camera, LiDAR, radar, and thermal camera sensors. Leveraging AVxcelerate's real time capabilities, perform virtual testing in Software-in-the-loop or Hardware-in-the-loop context following the progress of your design cycles.

  • Camera, LiDAR, radar and thermal sensors
    Camera, LiDAR, radar and thermal sensors
  • Accurate physics-based real time sensors
    Accurate physics-based real time sensors
  • SiL, HiL testing
    SiL, HiL testing
  • Open interoperability with any workflow
    Open interoperability with any workflow
  • Driving simulator agnostic
    Driving simulator agnostic
Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors

Quick Specs

Enrich your sensor perception test cases and coverage with accurate real-time synthetic data. Set up multi-sensors simulation in SiL or HiL context toguarantee your ADAS/AV system performance under any operating condition.

  • Radar. LiDAR Sensor
  • Camera Sensor
  • Thermal Camera sensor
  • Ground-Truth Sensors
  • Multi-Sensor Simulation
  • SiL, HiL connectivity
  • Open Architecture/APIs
  • Driving Simulator agnostic
  • Multi-GPU/HPC scalability

July 2023

What's New

2023 R2 delivers valuable enhancements to our AVxcelerate Sensors with camera and radar model improvements to perform accurate simulations. We've addressed critical perception challenges related to custom chromatic aberration for cameras and the integration and placement of radar sensors.

Camera Sensor
Camera Sensor – Custom Chromatic Aberration

AVxcelerate camera model can now generate virtual synthetic data from available user inputs like advanced focal length, custom focal shift, and other pre-sets to introduce, eliminate, and test for chromatic aberration issues. 

Thermal Camera Sensor
Thermal Camera Sensor

Users can now define the thermal properties of the environment and assets to simulate the thermal imager's behavior. Ready-to-use Teledyne FLIR thermal cameras convert photon information into temperature maps and thermal images.

Radar Sensor
Radar Sensor – Placement & Integration on Vehicle

AVxcelerate can now leverage the results and placement data from HFSS to perform accurate simulations. The calculated radiation pattern, including the surroundings effect and radar placement, is preserved during simulations.

Ecosystem – Simplified Asset Preparation

AVxcelerate users can fully automate the data augmentation process from various sources using a C++ or a Python API. In the 2023 R1 release, data augmentation automation capability was limited to track creation, but with R2, it is now fully capable of generating tracks and assets with tags.

Continental Tests Real-Life Scenarios During ADAS/AD Testing and Validation


Continental Automatic Emergency Braking

Our camera sensor technology is critical to the work we are doing in supporting autonomous function for our customers. Using Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors during ADAS/ADtesting and validation, we were able to confidently test real-life scenarios thatwere previously off-limitsto us with simulation, withcomplete confidence in theaccuracy of our results. Even though the work to develop a well-roundedsolution is still ongoing, the collaboration between. Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors and Continental camera sensor solutions is already delivering promising results.”

— Dr. Martin Punke Head of Camera Product Technology / Continental

Enrich your sensor perception test cases and coverage with accurate real-time synthetic data. Set up multi-sensors simulation in SiL or HiL context to guarantee your ADAS/AV system performance under any operating condition.

To achieve a high level of accuracy, advanced driver assistance systems/ autonomous driving (ADAS/AD) technology requires Continental to target its camera sensors for simulation. Continental engineers do real-world driving on test tracks or roads to train, test, and validate ADAS or AD systems. They also do component-level testing and simulation; however, only limited engineering simulation solutions are available to tackle this problem. Even though the effort to develop a well-rounded solution is ongoing, the collaboration between Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors and Continental camera sensor solutions delivers promising results.


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Autonomy System Development

Model-based safety and cybersecurity assessments using Ansys simulation help to accelerate autonomous system development and certification.

Autonomous vehicle sensor simulation including lidar, radar and camera design

Autonomy Sensors

Ansys provides a comprehensive autonomous vehicle sensor simulation capability that includes lidar, radar and camera design and development.


Physically Accurate Simulation Solutions forSensor Testing and Validation

Ansys AVxcelerate provides physically accurate sensor simulation for autonomous system testing with sensor perception in the loop. Save on testing time and cost while increasing perception performances for camera, LiDAR, radar and thermal sensors.


Key Features

Benefit from powerful ray-tracing capabilities to recreate sensor behavior and easily retrieve sensor outputs through a dedicated interface.

  • Driving Scenarios  using the driving simulator of your choice
  • Camera Sensor
  • Lidar Sensor
  • Radar Sensor
  • HiL, SiL and MiL Connectivity 

To test sensors in scenarios, add several cars to create complex situations, such as following a car and monitoring the path of a crossing car simultaneously. Each vehicle in a scenario can be either static or automatic, enabling evaluation at a specific point of interest or along a predefined trajectory. Sensor simulation follows ego-vehicle dynamic motion.

Software allows you to simulate the actual camera model in edge case driving situations. It simulates all components of a camera, such as the lens system, imager and pre-processor. For automotive front-facing cameras, the windshield can also be considered in simulation. Consider the optical and spectral properties of the environment in visible range, along with the optical properties of the lens system and optoelectronic properties of the imager. With the addition of plugins, the simulation can manage dynamic adaption. Camera simulation creates raw images, which are used to test and validate perception algorithms either as models-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop or hardware-in-the-loop. 

You will benefit from powerful ray-tracing capabilities to recreate sensor behavior and be able to easily retrieve sensor results through a dedicated interface. IR emitter world model IR properties (is this “The IR emitter will model IR properties?” and receiver electronics are considered in the simulation which can output from raw signals – waveforms – to point clouds. This solution provides a unique way to collect virtual sensor information during real-time drives and use the information to develop autopilot code. 

VRXPERIENCE’s GPU Radar feature provides the capability to perform full physics-based radar scenario simulations in real time at frame rates greater than 30 frames per second. The simulations consider multi-bounce reflections and transmissions from dielectric surfaces. Multichannel and MIMO radars can be simulated using the linear scalability of GPU Radar. With the addition of GPU radar, VRXPERIENCE now provides the ability to perform ADAS and Autonomy scenario simulation with full-physics models of all key sensors - cameras, radars and lidars. The data collected out of the radar model is used to efficiently stimulate the algorithm of radar ECU digital signal processing to quickly improve the accuracy and robustness of automotive radars in edge cases. Ansys VRXPERIENCE comes with a library of objects with dielectric properties defined.

Model-and Software-in-the-Loop (MiL,Sil): Perform massive scenario variation by leveraging cutting-edge testing — on-premise and in the cloud. Assess perception performance by varying parameters across countless driving scenarios.


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