NI deals strengthen autonomous vehicle simulation

May 07, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
NI deals strengthen autonomous vehicle simulation
NI is strengthening its simulation tools for driverless cars by acquiring monoDrive and a strategic deal with Ansys.

NI has acquired monoDrive, a developer of ultra-high fidelity simulation software for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle development. The acquisition expands NI’s reach in the ADAS and simulation markets and will enable NI’s transportation customers to accelerate the development, test, and deployment of safer autonomous systems.

It has also signed a strategic collaboration with simulation tool maker Ansys.

The design cycles for ADAS are complex and automotive OEMs and suppliers need systems that streamline the transitions between simulation, lab-based and physical test environments to ultimately create safer vehicles. Today, disparate tools cause siloed processes, time-to-market delays, and lead to higher costs that reduce the pace of innovation and hinder the quality of advanced technologies.

NI will use monoDrive’s expertise in signal processing and advanced simulation to help customers accelerate the delivery of ADAS through high fidelity driving environments capable of modelling numerous sensors and thousands of real-time scenarios. This approach combined with NI’s software-connected systems will help transportation customers streamline the transitions between simulation, lab-based and physical testing environments. In doing so, NI will now enable vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to accelerate the shift to self-driving vehicles.

"The combination of monoDrive’s advanced software and NI’s strong position in ADAS will enable smooth transitions across our customer’s software validation workflows. This in turn delivers greater test efficiency, coverage and more realistic testing scenarios to help automotive manufacturers get safe and reliable autonomous vehicles on the road faster,” said Chad Chesney, NI Vice President and General Manager of the transportation business unit.

Along with this move, NI also announced a strategic collaboration with Ansys that enables sensor vendors to simulate the fundamental physics of radar, LiDAR, and camera systems from design through manufacturing.

The two plan to work together on recreating real-world simulation to validate sensors and inject data into software and hardware under test in real-time. This shared focus will provide customers with critical insights into how products will perform


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