driver assistance

Virtual test drives allow useful scenarios for developing improved driver assistance systems

German researchers are developing an integrated test platform for the next generation of driver assistance systems.

FZI,  a non-profit contract research organization specialized in information technologies, is working with virtual test-driving specialists IPG Automotive to create an integration platform that will bring together all data gathered in a virtual test drive.

“In this way the interactions of all systems with regard to function, communication and susceptibility to errors can be tested and optimized for the first time,” the companies said in a press release.

Modern driver-assistance systems gather a wide range of data on the state of the vehicle, the driver, the traffic situation and other, potentially relevant environmental factors.

The data come from different sources, including sensors, intelligent hardware and software and navigation devices.

But, according to FZI and IPG, these diverse data are not brought together in such a way that a coherent and meaningful overall picture of a situation emerges. And, because of that, driver assistance systems have trouble recognizing and interpreting situations that arise in traffic.

The new integration platform will collate sensor data, which, the researchers say “is of key importance for the development of intelligent driver assistance systems.”

The new platform will also allow engineers to move from development to simulation earlier, which can shorten overall development times.

FZI and IPG are based in Karlsruhe in southwestern Germany.

By Arjen Bongard