IPG Automotive has launched release 13.0 of its CarMaker automotive simulation and test software. In addition to more realistic visualiSation of scenarios and models, and a new HD Scenario, the software features new 3D models and an extended configurable ground truth sensor. The program can also now be linked with virtual reality headsets.
Dynamicists may be interested in V13.0’s extended wheel suspension model, and its new hydraulic brake model, which can model integrated power brakes. Other additional features include the physical sensor API for integrating user-specific signal processing, which now enables the direct output of all impact points of emitted beams with an additional access point. Another new feature, the modularised IPGDriver model, can be adapted independently from the test run and thus allows users to consider different driver profiles in powertrain applications, for example.
V13.0 also brings a new version of the Scenario Editor, which enables more realistic scenario generation with extended processing of .kml files, improved visualisation of road markings and optimisation of HD Live Maps import, as well as OpenDRIVE import/export. In the background, the OpenScenario Converter now supports OpenScenario versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2.
New scenarios include an HD city tunnel scenario with options including difficult lighting conditions, emergency bays, inner tunnel junctions, road works and accidents, to covers various edge cases. Moreover, new 3D models allow for customised simulations. Own vehicle models can be integrated into Movie NX without using a third-party tool.
The extended ground truth sensor allows users to generate precise ground truth data, especially for the development of AV and ADAS applications, and supports the recognition of static landscape objects.
CarMaker 13 also brings in an updated CarMaker Office Extended, which can be used to test specific ECU hardware in real time without requiring a complete HIL environment.
A notable development is that Movie NX, the visualisation tool of the CarMaker product range, can now support two types of VR headset: HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite and Meta Quest Pro. The use of a headset increases the immersive effect and provides a better perception of distances and 3D objects.