Realtime Technologies
ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Research

How will humans and AI's share the road and the wheel?

Today’s most exciting simulation challenges are in autonomous vehicle research and ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) simulation. Beyond the many engineering challenges, autonomous and ADAS systems introduce an entire universe of unknowns arising from the complexity and nuance of human-AI interaction (both on the street and in-vehicle).

A central concern for regulators and citizens alike: What impact will increasing levels of ADAS have on the roads-especially in the highly likely future where the “driver” need pay no attention to the vehicle or surroundings for the majority of the drive time, only called to take control in the most critical emergencies? What sort of ergonomics and human factors decisions will need to be made in order to ensure that this new technology maximizes safety for both the passengers and car?

Realtime has a focus on simulation in the transportation industry that includes the simulation of self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and other new technology. Beyond engineering concerns, human factors research will play a crucial role in ensuring the vehicle and human safety in the new era of self-driving cars. SimDriver can enable a research team to perform analysis of their application from a human factors perspective using state-of-the-art simulation as the primary method.


Autonomous Vehicle Research with SimDriver

Realtime Technologies SimDriver software allows you to create simulations of a wide a range of ADAS and fully automated vehicles. These can then operate in city, freeway, and mixed environments.  Researchers can use SimDriver to emulate all levels of driving automation, from single-task systems (e.g., assisted parking, “smart” cruise control, and lane tracking) to fully autonomous vehicles that only require driver intervention during emergencies.  Researchers can delve into both the interaction between humans–drivers, pedestrians, passengers, and others and among autonomous vehicles, as well as shared control strategies between car occupants and AI. The content of the SimDriver application covers a wide breadth of scenarios and variables, and can provide useful insight into the human factors that will affect vehicle safety. This can accelerate the rate of transportation innovation as human factors research both improves safety and consumer trust.

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With SimDriver, researchers can:

  • Safely test autonomous vehicle programming
  • Evaluate human interaction with autonomous vehicles under wildly varying conditions
  • Test algorithms used in the programming of the autonomous vehicle
  • Evaluate human interaction with automated vehicles in both city and freeway driving environments
  • Shorten the design cycle by testing and assessing autonomous vehicle programming with no need for hardware prototypes or a physical driving course

SimDriver meshes with all components of  SimCreator and most importantly the SimVista software (for creating environments and driving scenarios) and SimVehicle system (used to create precise and accurate vehicle dynamics).  SimDriver has been implemented in JavaScript, so that researchers familiar with SimCreator can readily modify parameters and algorithms.  This highly accessible, integrated software suite simplifies code revision cycles and testing, making it the leading autonomous vehicle simulation on the market.

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Autonomous Vehicle Research and ADAS Simulation Customer-for-Life

We invest time in understanding your research, then work closely with your team to develop and deliver the appropriate ADAS simulation solution.  We’ll help you find the best way to integrate this custom solution into your procedures, and support you in maintaining and evolving this solution as your work inevitably changes over time. We don’t sell equipment; we partner with researchers and institutions to develop their ideal autonomous vehicle research tools. As a result, the sophistication of your vehicle evaluation, research and analysis method is taken to the next-level, whether your focus is on fully autonomous driving, human performance, or any other aspect of transportation innovation.

During our partnerships with automotive researchers, we provide self-driving vehicle simulation technology and insight that go beyond the limitations of other providers. Rather that only looking at the specifics of your application or device, Realtime can help measure the cognitive or psychological aspects of passenger experience in driverless cars. Whether you’re part of an academic team at a university, an engineering team at a major automaker, or launching a Silicon Valley start-up, Realtime can provide you with the world-class simulation capability you’ll need to understand the human and behavioral factors of vehicle research.

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Related Simulator: On-Road Driving Simulator

Realtime Technologies’ (RTI) on-road simulator is a turn-key driving simulation platform that can be applied to research, training, or automotive product development programs. Our modular, scalable system design means you can build from your original simulator design, adding components and avoiding the need to replace your entire simulator as your fidelity requirements increase.

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The realism you feel from driving in the simulator is not only from the visual systems but also from the feedback that you get from the steering wheel. The vehicle dynamics are modeled very accurately. It really does feel like it is state-of-the-art technology.

Jason Rogers, University of Florida, Computer Applications Coordinator

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