Simulation and validation for self-driving and electric vehicles

Simulation and validation for self-driving and electric vehicles

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

At CES 2023, dSPACE will showcase how autonomous and electric vehicles can get on the road faster with innovative simulation and validation. As the exclusive on-vehicle computer technology sponsor of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), dSPACE will also demonstrate how dSPACE systems perform in highly demanding racing environments at CES 2023 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Testing battery management systems for intelligent charging

A battery management system (BMS) is essential for the smooth operation of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles while ensuring efficient utilization of the available capacity and optimum temperature control, and avoiding overcharging or deep discharging, thus ensuring safe operation and a long service life of the energy storage devices. dSPACE will be demonstrating a modular system concept for testing battery management systems that enables testing of modern battery systems with a total voltage of up to 1500 V in a safe test environment. The application spectrum in the areas of development and validation ranges from battery systems for electromobility to energy storage systems for modern power grids.

dSPACE Smart Charging is a complete system for the development and testing of smart charging technologies. It considers international standards, guarantees interoperability, and supports developers of onboard chargers, charging columns, and in the future also inductive charging systems with a comprehensive range of test options and dynamic models.

Moving tests into the virtual world

When developing functions for highly automated and autonomous driving, the requirements for functional quality and safety are increasing enormously. Virtual tests are being moved forward to ever earlier development phases and carried out by development teams distributed around the world. Against this background, dSPACE has developed systems such as SIMPHERA and AURELION. SIMPHERA is dSPACE’s web-based, highly scalable cloud product for virtual validation and simulation. It quickly and easily enables the computationally intensive validation of functions for autonomous driving, supports collaboration between globally distributed development teams, and allows seamless integration of customer applications.

AURELION, the new sensor simulation from dSPACE, generates photorealistic images for camera simulation and, using ray tracing, an exact environment for radar and lidar simulation in real time. Developers use AURELION to validate algorithms for autonomous driving during virtual test drives, long before a prototype hits the road.

dSPACE technology on the racetrack

At the Autonomous Challenge at CES 2023 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on January 7, nine university teams will compete with fully autonomous race cars with dSPACE’s AUTERA AutoBox serving as the central onboard computer managing all the sensor data and performing the complex path planning computations to keep the race cars on the track and safe.


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