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Autonomous Sensor Development

Simulation dramatically improves sensor capabilities, accelerates sensor-vehicle integration and enables rapid performance analysis across a wide range of operating conditions. 


High-Performance Sensor Design for All Conditions

Sensors are critical components that provide the information autonomous vehicles need to make intelligent and safe decisions. They must reliably deliver high performance capabilities and function in a wide range of adverse operating conditions, including rain, ice and snow. Simulation is proven to enable engineers to improve sensor performance, determine optimal vehicle integration configurations and examine their behavior across a wide range of operational scenarios. With such safety-critical systems, the most accurate, physics-based simulation tools are required. Ansys provides a comprehensive autonomous vehicle sensor development capability that includes:

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Autonomous vehicle sensor simulation including lidar, radar and camera design

Sensor Design and Integration


Ansys multiphysics solutions, including optomechanical, thermal interactions and an optical materials properties library, enable rapid emitter and receiver design and placement optimization.


Ansys multiphysics simulation solutions enable rapid camera design and placement studies using vision performance analysis and high-fidelity lens transfer functions for optomechanical optimization, placement and validation.


With Ansys' proven electromagnetic simulation capabilities, engineers can rapidly analyze radar system performance in complex, dynamic scenarios and improve the accuracy of their response to potential hazards.

Perception Software Testing 

SCADE Vision automatically identifies potential vulnerabilities in AV perception systems. It helps you find and categorize edge cases where these systems might exhibit unsafe behavior.

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Improving Data Builds a Better Autonomous System

The use of simulation through Ansys has allowed engineers access to better data, new tools and improved design, all before the physical prototype stage. With so many components of autonomous vehicles pulling in data via sensors to feed an algorithm, advance every step of the process by increasing the quality of the data and discovering solutions during simulation.



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Autonomous Vehicle Radar: Improving Radar Performance with Simulation

Sensors play a crucial role as the eyes and ears of the autonomous vehicle control system. To develop the most accurate algorithms to guide a vehicle, learn how Ansys can provide high-level sensor data. 


Photometric Qualification of Ansys AVxcelerate for a Virtual Night Driving Test

Learn how Ansys AVxcelerate delivers the same photometric results as CIE-certified Ansys SPEOS, providing a comprehensive toolkit for both static and dynamic simulation. 


See What your Perception System is Missing with Ansys SCADE Vision

Ansys SCADE Vision speeds up the discovery of detection defects in autonomous vehicle (AV) perception software. See what it "sees," plus the time- and cost-saving details, in this infographic.


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Evaluating Weather Impact on Sensor Performance by Combining Ansys Solutions

CFD simulations of vehicles in rainy conditions were performed using Ansys Fluent. Rain drop data was exported to Ansys SPEOS for camera and lidar simulations. SPEOS results were analyzed with an open-source perception algorithm software to determine bounding boxes and confidence levels in identifying various objects on the road.

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Real-time Optical Simulation for Reliable and Innovative Automotive Lighting Designs

From lighting to sensors to vision, optical components are playing a crucial role in vehicle safety and comfort. Validated against CIE 171:2006, Ansys SPEOS is used by automotive engineers to design, validate and optimize their optical components. Attend this webinar to learn how SPEOS predicts the illumination and optical performance of systems, for both interior and exterior lighting, to help engineers reduce development time and costs while improving their product’s accuracy.

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Automotive Exterior Lighting Industry Best Practices

This webinar will cover automotive exterior lighting industry best practices, where an overview of the key benefits of Ansys SPEOS and Ansys AVxcelerate simulations and the capabilities required to realize these benefits will be shared. Through examples, we will showcase how Ansys portfolio solutions are helping our customers design transformational products.

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Unbelievable Advances in Automotive Radar Simulation

Learn about new advances in Ansys HFSS SBR+ technology that allow engineers to conduct high-fidelity, physics-based simulations of full-scale, realistic traffic scenarios. This groundbreaking technology empowers users to rapidly design and validate virtual radar sensors that address range, Doppler effects, direction-of-arrival (DoA) and micro-Doppler.

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See Optical Simulation in a New Light with Ansys SPEOS

With Ansys SPEOS, optical simulation is accessible to everyone. View this on-demand webinar to learn how you can perform optical system optimization and validation within a multiphysics environment.



Driving a Radar Revolution: Simulating Challenging Environment Scenarios to Achieve Zero Road Fatalities

Advanced driver assistance solutions (ADAS) and automated driving systems must perform flawlessly in all weather and lighting conditions. Challenging environments include fog, rain, snow, highly reflective lights or full darkness. These solutions need to work on fast-moving highways and in dense urban environments with hundreds of objects surrounding the vehicle. Simulating all these scenarios in the lab allows R&D to be highly prepared, to develop best-in-class solutions and shorten the time to market.


Winning the Race to Electric Mobility

Discover how the biggest brands in the world are using simulation to make electrification a reality.


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Bringing Intelligent Headlamps to Light via Simulation

Ansys offers a complete modeling and simulation package for intelligent headlamps, including Ansys SPEOS for optics development, Ansys SCADE for software design and Ansys AVxcelerate for virtual nighttime road testing.




Focus Your Optical Design and Validation Workflows

Cameras are safety critical to the development of autonomous vehicles (AV) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Engineers need to ensure that these sensors operate in various environments while keeping up with the demands of the automotive market. 


Why High-Performance Computing (HPC) Is Critical to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Autonomous vehicle technologies could not be developed and validated without high-performance computing (HPC) simulation. The lidar, camera and radar systems that enable autonomous vehicles require multiple redundant sensor systems that must be simulated for performance and safety.



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