MSC Software’s VIRES Virtual Test Drive, the company’s tool-chain for driving simulation applications in the development of ADAS and automated riving systems, was selected as a finalist for the R&D 100 award. This accolade demonstrates MSC’s commitment to developing innovative engineering simulation software tools to help the automobile industry achieve its goal to deliver safe Level 5 vehicle autonomy. (VTD) brings autonomous driving and advanced driver assist systems technology to the market. While autonomous vehicles are capturing the imagination of the media and consumers, the journey from R&D to widespread commercial adoption faces significant obstacles.
Used by auto OEMs and suppliers worldwide, Virtual Test Drive (VTD) allows autonomous vehicles to be tested “virtually” through simulation (traffic and environmental conditions). It is not possible to test all of these conditions through test track or real world driving, especially dangerous conditions (ex. child stepping out in front of a car on an icy road on a foggy night). Simulation can ensure the vehicle will react safely considering both the vehicle dynamics of the car and the environment around it. In the US, we have one death for every 100 million miles driven – a safety factor is 10⁸. In order for autonomous vehicles to be accepted by society, the death rate will have to be dramatically reduced or society would not accept so many deaths at the hands of a machine. 1 billion simulations per day must be run to achieve a safety factor of 109.