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Ansys leverages Nvidia Omniverse to boost autonomous vehicle technology

Ansys leverages Nvidia Omniverse to boost autonomous vehicle technology

Ansys and Nvidia DRIVE Sim will collaborate to enhance advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and AV perception development. By leveraging Ansys’ physics solvers for camera, lidar, radar and thermal camera sensors, the partnership aims to augment scenario generation capabilities for more accurate results.

Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors will be available in Nvidia DRIVE Sim, an AV simulator powered by NvidiaOmniverse, in Q1 2024. The companies say this integration allows users to access high-fidelity sensor simulation outputs for training and validating perception ADAS/AV systems.

According to Zvi Greenstein, Nvidia’’s vice president of autonomous vehicle infrastructure, integrating Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors simulation with DRIVE Sim provides developers with increased flexibility to develop, test and validate their autonomous vehicle software.

The safety of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is a significant challenge for engineers. Real-world testing is necessary, but more is needed due to the immense scale. Ansys says scalable simulations in a controlled virtual environment are crucial for testing and validating AV sensor and software performance.

Ansys notes that its software enables companies to bridge the gap between design and reality through simulation.

The integrated solution leverages Nvidia’s GPU capabilities and AI to provide prototyping and algorithm refinement for autonomous vehicles, the companies note.

With Nvidia Omniverse, users can also create collaborative 3D workflows using OpenUSD. Its flexibility enables developers to build scalable simulations and generate annotated data for AI model training.

Walt Hearn, the senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer excellence at Ansys, says perception is essential for AV systems as it requires real-world data validation to enable intelligent and safe decision-making.

“Combining Ansys AVxcelerate Sensors with NvidiaDRIVE Sim, powered by Omniverse, provides a rich playground for developers to test and validate critical environmental interactions without limitations, paving the way for OEMs to accelerate AV technology development,” states Hearn.

Ansys is participating in CES at booth #6500 in Las Vegas until Jan 12th, 2024.

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