How Connected Car Technology Is Making Autonomous Cars A Reality

Connected cars

A new simulator to help car makers better understand how drivers will cope with and respond to the rising number of connected driver assistance (ADAS) and autonomous (AI) automotive technologies has been revealed by Ansible Motion, an established provider to the automotive industry. The latest iteration of Ansible Motion’s multi-million-pound Delta Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulator provides a safe and repeatable laboratory environment to test and validate the myriad ADAS systems that are increasingly being fitted (or proposed) to new cars.

Assessing the unexpected
With the driver assistance systems market set to grow to 70 billion USD by 2024, fuelled by vehicle manufacturers pushing toward increasing levels of autonomy to address emerging legislation, the issue of how real people might react to a car receiving more notifications – or even taking control – is one that car makers are investigating seriously.

Car makers are introducing more connected technologies such and driver assistance technologies. If a car does something unexpected the Anisble simulator laboratory, enables car manufacturers to design better and safer connected experiences and technologies early in the design cycle.

New tricks
To create the most immersive human simulation experiences – and therefore the most meaningful pre-validation results – Ansible Motion’s simulator lab features, a new cabin environment that reflects OEM styling and human interaction features.

New software connectivity allows deeper environment and sensor simulation, coupled with Ansible Motion’s proprietary motion, vision, and audio environment that ‘tricks’ drivers and occupants into believing they are experiencing a real vehicle and its ADAS or autonomous technologies.

This special type of driving simulator technology, developed by Ansible Motion, is far-removed from gaming “simulation” endeavours, and has been trusted for nearly a decade by top vehicle constructors in the US, Europe and Japan (Ford, GM and Honda, to name a few) has now been updated extensively to offer a realistic environment for evaluation of the newest on-board vehicle systems and concepts.

Cutting evaluation times from hundreds of years to months
With the ability to create and explore an incredible number of scenarios in a short amount of time, Ansible Motion’s simulator means engineers can conduct experimental variations that might consume a hundred years’ of testing time in the real world, within a few months. Examples include the validation of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems that rely upon multiple sensor feeds and vehicle piloting logic algorithms to respond (in some cases, faster that human response capability!) to various situations such as traffic and pedestrian intrusions. 

The need to validate international drivers’ expectations
Other connected vehicles validation examples include lane departure warnings and assistance, intelligent speed adaption and driver monitoring for drowsiness and distraction. Cammaerts cites a recent example of how drivers in the Chinese market expect different intervention cues for lane departure warning compared to their US counterparts.


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