Virtual simulation technology helps reduce costs and increase efficiency in automated driving tests, accelerating the development of the smart car industry

As autonomous driving advances to a higher level, the autonomous driving platform will take over from the human brain to make driving decisions, and significantly increase the requirements for algorithms and AI capabilities. By continuously optimizing the ADAS algorithm, it can better identify targets and improve autonomous driving. The safety of the car. The development trend of the autonomous driving industry is not only that, in order to respond to the demand for massive data processing, the electrical and Electronic structure is also changing, from the original sensors with ECUs to the subsequent use of central domain controllers for processing.

Multi-party cross-border entry into smart cars has promoted the rapid development of autonomous driving. Looking at the pace of advancement of major car companies, BMW, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford, FAW, SAIC, Weilai, etc., have all planned to deploy L3 and above high-end autonomous driving from 2021, and upgrade to L3 autonomous driving. The first year has arrived.

OEM, tier 1, test and measurement companies and other ecosystem vendors have gradually improved their layout. At the 9th annual EEVIA China Electronics ICT Media Forum and 2021 Industry and Technology Prospects Symposium, Guo Zhizhao, senior customer manager for the automotive industry, National Instruments Wandering on the edge of the milk dumpling sword ⒔Dian soil how NI builds a closed loop of automated driving testing based on years of accumulation in the automotive testing field and the “one platform strategy”.

Virtual simulation technology helps reduce costs and increase efficiency in automated driving tests, accelerating the development of the smart car industry
Guo Guo, Senior Automotive Industry Account Manager, NI

The development trend of autonomous driving poses four major challenges to testing

As autonomous driving advances to a higher level, the autonomous driving platform will take over from the human brain to make driving decisions, and significantly increase the requirements for algorithms and AI capabilities. By continuously optimizing the ADAS algorithm, it can better identify targets and improve autonomous driving. The safety of the car. The development trend of the autonomous driving industry is not only that, in order to respond to the demand for massive data processing, the electrical and electronic structure is also changing, from the original sensors with ECUs to the subsequent use of central domain controllers for processing. The popularization of the “software-defined car” concept means that software will be deeply involved in vehicle development and verification. In addition, the current status quo is that regulations related to autonomous driving are not perfect, and the scene libraries of various manufacturers are not perfect.

The impact of these trends in the autonomous driving industry on vehicle testing is reflected in four aspects:

First, due to the increase in the number of tested parts and the degree of integration, the complexity of the test increases.

Second, with the continuous introduction of new technologies such as millimeter wave and 5G, the number of sensors continues to increase, and there are higher requirements for the openness and flexibility of the test system.

Third, the market iteration is accelerating, and the test time is compressed.

Fourth, with the continuous improvement of vehicle functions, the complexity of the system has become higher and higher, and the complexity and cost of testing have increased, but the price of the vehicle has continued to fall, forcing OEMs and tier 1 to change their traditional testing strategies. In order to achieve the expected profit target.

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MonoDrive helps to build a simulation test ladder to reduce costs and increase efficiency for autonomous driving tests

Autonomous driving test can be roughly divided into three parts: road information, sensor data collection; digital twin and simulation test; hardware-in-the-loop HIL.


ADAS test process

(1) The key to road data collection is synchronization

ADAS test engineers need to record raw sensor data during the drive test to verify sensor functions and train autonomous vehicle algorithms running on the ECU. In order to ensure driving safety, more and more sensors are integrated in the car, resulting in an exponential increase in the data transmission rate and the amount of data recorded on the car. The recording of these huge amounts of data needs to be accurately synchronized, so that it can be replayed again. The ECU gets exactly the same data situation as the real world, so that it is convenient to verify the accuracy of the decision.


Sensors integrated in the car

The origin of different colors represents different sensors, and the fan shape represents the viewing angle of the corresponding sensor

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NI ADAS data logging system

(2) Virtual simulation testing has become a trend, using digital twins to reconstruct a high-fidelity scene

Waymo, a leading company in the field of autonomous driving, does 20 million miles of virtual tests every day. So far, it has done more than 15 billion miles of tests, but only 20 million miles of road tests on real roads. From the comparison of data, it can be seen that the virtual test accounted for about 99.9%.

Virtual simulation testing can effectively test dangerous or unusual driving scenarios. Due to its flexibility advantages, virtual testing plays an important role in the development of autonomous driving technology.Just like Guo Zhidan’s sorrow, the longer and the longer, the sorrowful man’s fate

Digital twin technology is a powerful tool for establishing a virtual scene library. Digital twin refers to putting real scenes one-to-one in a virtual environment to generate a twin system. NI recently acquired monoDrive, a leader in ultra-high-fidelity simulation software developed for autonomous vehicles, and used the monoDrive tool for digital twins to reconstruct a high-fidelity scene. monoDrive can completely reproduce the leaves, railings, and signs on the ground in the real driving environment, even including weather and road surface water conditions, with a very high degree of restoration.

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Use monoDrive tool for data reconstruction and twinning

(3) Further support of hardware-in-the-loop HIL

The hardware-in-the-loop HIL simulation technology can use the NI PXI real-time controller to run the simulation model to simulate the operating state of the controlled object. With the NI FPGA module, it can adapt to higher dynamic characteristics and higher precision model application requirements. The NI hardware-in-the-loop test platform has an open software and hardware technology architecture, which can reduce engineers’ development time, cost, and risk.

Autonomous driving test road scenes can be summarized as: pure simulation experiment, open-loop playback through recorded data, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, and road testing. These can all be dealt with with a PXI-based unified test platform strategy. The advantage of this solution is that a PXI bus-based solution can simulate different types of sensor signals at the same time to increase the coverage of I/O. NI’s unified platform solution will greatly increase the speed of autopilot test iterations and reduce upgrade costs.