Simulation experts collaborate to advance AV chassis development


Three providers of automotive simulation technology have joined forces with the aim of disrupting and improving how chassis components for autonomous vehicles are designed, tested and validated. The companies are VI-grade, a provider of human-centric, simulation-driven vehicle development solutions; Chassis Autonomy, an Anglo-Swedish start-up that designs and manufactures fail-operational actuation systems for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles; and CAE Value, a Sweden-based simulation company.

The three companies intend to collaborate to advance the development of autonomous vehicles, creating new advantages for the autonomous vehicle market as well as for each of the respective companies. VI-grade will apply its simulation software, driving simulator and hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) technology to the ADAS/AV market, implementing specific L3, L4 and L5 testing scenarios to be used at VI-grade’s  SimCenters worldwide. These scenarios will also be made available on VI-grade’s VI-CarRealTime and VI-WorldSim simulation software platforms.

Chassis Autonomy will be granted access to VI-grade’s virtual test systems to both develop and demonstrate the capability of its products to their existing and prospective customers in a fully virtual test environment, all the while supported by CAE Value’s technical experts.

“We are excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Chassis Autonomy and CAE Value,” said Guido Bairati, Managing Director at VI-grade. “Their expertise in fail-operational actuation, for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles, is designed to maintain normal steering operation, even in the event of a system fault, which perfectly complements our own virtual test solutions. This partnership will allow all three companies to leverage each other’s unique strengths, reinforce our value propositions and expand our customer bases, potentially creating even more cross-selling options where the use of driving simulators is indispensable.”

Thomas Li, Co-founder and CTO at Chassis Autonomy added that, “This collaboration advances our ability to both develop products and demonstrate the performance of our steering system products in a virtual environment using VI-grade’s driving simulators and software. The opportunity to introduce VI-grade’s extensive automotive customer base to our products and solutions is especially mutually advantageous.”

Chassis Autonomy will be making a presentation on ‘Developing Fail-operational L3, L4, and L5 Chassis Actuation Systems using an Integrated DiL and HiL Approach’ during VI-grade’s 2023 ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit, which will take place on May 24-25, 2023, in Udine, Italy.

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