Driver-in-the-Loop vehicle development simulation for ADAS which takes prototyping to new levels is being shown at Japanese automotive engineering show.
A new style of vehicle driver simulation is being showcased this week at the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE) exposition taking place in Yokohama. Visitors are able to try out the simulator on the Concurrent Nippon Corporation stand, where developer rFpro is exhibiting its technology, which places the driver at the heart of vehicle development simulation.
Using the rFpro technology, vehicle developers are able to reduce the time and cost needed for the development of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) technology. The SENSOR_IG product is able to create realistic data feeds for the cameras, radar, LiDAr and ultrasound sensors that are typically deployed in modern active safety systems. This feedback is channeled to the driver of the simulator in real time to test the ADAS technology and human response to its deployment.
This allows vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to confirm their ADAS technologies behaviour and validate their response to the unpredictable conditions encountered on public roads and its interaction with a real driver. Control of traffic and weather conditions provides an accurate and repeatable way of carrying out development work.
The use of innovative and state-of-the-art “Driver-in-the-Loop” (DIL) simulation is a breakthrough in professional simulation technology, as explained by the technical director at rFpro, Chris Hoyle, who told us, “How the sensors, control systems and the driver interact is a big part of ADAS development. The sooner you can introduce a driver into the development loop the sooner you can identify potential issues, significantly reducing time and cost.”
rFpro first joined Concurrent Nippon Corporation two years ago to combine rFpro’s graphics engine and ADAS expertise with Concurrent’s real-time systems. They’ve been able to take the latency out of the simulation environment to provide the driver with realistic simulations of ride, handling, steering and safety systems.