Autonomous Vehicle’s testing simulator wins gold

Researchers from WMG at the University of Warwick have won gold at National Instruments Engineering Impact Awards 2018 for the WMG 3xD Simulator project. WMG’s 3xD Simulator is a world’s first-of-its-kind facility that enables autonomous vehicles to drive around in a virtual environment– accelerating testing before they are road ready.

Chief Engineer Gunny Dhadyalla, accompanied by colleague Dr Jakobus Groenewald, accepted the award for the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles category at the National Instruments Awards 2018 for the WMG 3xD Simulator Project on the 6 November 2018. This was topped off by more success as WMG then picked up the award for the overall Engineering Impact Awards winners.

The WMG 3xD Simulator Project was one of two finalists for an award in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles category. As winners of this category they faced stiff competition to beat the winners of other categories, who represented innovations from across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, to win the overall Engineering Impact award.

WMG will now be considered for the Global Engineering Impact Awards 2019 in Austin Texas.

Gunny DhadyallaGunny Dhadyalla from WMG, University of Warwick comments:

“This is a real team effort. I am very proud of the thought, effort and collaboration that has gone in to making the 3xD simulator such as success. From its inception in 2014 we are delivering real impact to the research community as well as to our industrial partner by addressing the challenges of bringing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to market. We are looking forward to growing our capability and to collaborate with partners on future projects.”

WMG’s 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles provides an innovative platform to bridge the gap between traditional simulation, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and road-based field tests.
The simulator provides a drive-in, driver-in-the-loop, and driving experience, hence the “3xD” in its name.

The 3xD Simulator provides a real-time, safe, controlled, and repeatable physical environment, which allows for not only the sensor and communications to be in the loop but the driver as well.

The WMG 3xD Simulator is housed in an RF-shielded room (Faraday cage) that can accommodate a full vehicle. Through this complete isolation, external RF signals are blocked, and the complete RF environment can be emulated along with the visual environment for the driver and other sensory systems to the vehicle electronic systems.

The team is now working on projects such as CAVinSE with Thales and XPI Simulations, which looks at what is needed to certify simulated environments, and soon will be working on OmniCAV, a £2.7m project which sees the testing of autonomous vehicles with Artificial Intelligence made hazards. See: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/mediacentre/wmgnews/?newsItem=8a1785d8669b2d2301669feb30ac5b52

 

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