dSPACE and LeddarTech Join Forces to Drive Development of Lidar Innovations for Self-Driving Cars

PADERBORN, Germany, and QUEBEC CITY, Canada, Dec. 9, 2020 – dSPACE, one of the world’s leading providers of simulation and validation solutions, and LeddarTech®, a leader in Level 1 to 5 ADAS and AD sensing technology, have entered into a partnership to jointly drive forward the development of LiDAR technologies for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD). This close cooperation will lead to high-precision simulation tools and models to support and significantly accelerate the development and validation of optimally tailored LeddarEngine™-based LiDAR sensors and related ADAS & AD systems.

These tools enable customers to simulate their own LeddarEngine-based LiDAR sensor designs versus integration of third-party black box LiDARs. Simulation more specifically helps designers efficiently explore various LiDAR sensor architectures and components in development of their own optimal LiDAR design and validate the resulting performance within specific application use cases. This validation includes physically accurate simulation of the LiDAR and the vehicle environment, including objects in motion (e.g., vehicles, pedestrians), the road and other static objects (e.g., traffic signs, curbs).

“The right testing strategy, the right models and ready-to-use interfaces for simulation and reprocessing are key building blocks,” said Dr. Christopher Wiegand, Product Manager at dSPACE. “This partnership with an industry leader in solid-state automotive LiDAR and sensing solutions enables our customers to accurately and quickly perform validation tasks for LiDAR-based applications. Without reliable simulations, automated driving systems (SAE Levels 3-5) cannot be achieved.”

“The collaboration between dSpace and LeddarTech will yield enhanced simulation tools that will greatly ease and accelerate the development of optimized LiDARs,” stated Michael Poulin, Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Development at LeddarTech. “We are delighted to welcome dSpace as a new member of the Leddar Ecosystem, supporting the mass deployment of automotive LiDAR within cost-efficient and safe ADAS & AD systems.”

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