Forum8 has announced plans to extend the functionality of its ‘VR Design Studio’ interactive 3D VR simulation and modelling software (also known as ‘UC-win/Road’) to provide embedded support for AUTOSAR, the automotive industry’s common standard software architecture for in-vehicle electronic control units (ECUs). The existing software is used to create fully immersive, realistic models of the built environment, simulating the real world in accurate interactive 3D VR.
This support is intended to assist vehicle manufacturers in enhancing their R&D programmes through the integration of interactive 3D VR simulation with many of the latest autonomous driving and ADAS technologies, including the IOT infrastructure needed to support V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication systems that enable vehicles to connect securely to Internet and 5G mobile networks.
AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture) was developed by an automobile industry partnership established in 2003 between members including BMW, Bosch, Continental AG, Ford, Daimler AG, PSA, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, together with 53 premium partners, 38 development partners and 127 associate partners.
The main purpose of AUTOSAR is to increase the development speed of the control software required for the next generation of autonomous vehicles by progressing the standardisation of hardware and basic software, including communication and libraries. This includes the technology needed to connect vehicles to the Cloud via satellites and 5G for real-time access to road data, traffic updates and navigation.
Forum8’s package features advanced semi-automatic road network production capability, coupled with comprehensive simulation functionality, making it suitable for a range of applications including driver training, road safety, ADAS, V2V, V2I and autonomous driving R&D.