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Sensor Simulation PC

High-performance simulation platform for realistic sensor simulation

The Sensor Simulation PC is the dSPACE platform for calculating physics-based models of environment sensors, such as radar, lidar, and camera sensors. It facilitates deterministic real-time sensor simulation with a high degree of realism and a high resolution.

Application Areas

To efficiently validate the algorithms for autonomous driving (AD) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) at an early stage, you can conduct the tests in virtual driving scenarios. As a high-performance computing platform, the Sensor Simulation PC supports validation and is suitable for the execution of demanding sensor models. Raw data, 3-D point clouds, or target lists are generated at the required rate and fed into the ADAS/AD algorithms for deterministic and reliable testing.

The Sensor Simulation PC is the right choice for simulating environment sensors such as radar, lidar, and camera sensors, reliably and under industrial conditions in 24/7 operation.

Key Benefits

The Sensor Simulation PC has extremely high processing power provided by a high-performance graphics processing unit (GPU) in combination with a multicore central processing unit (CPU). It can therefore execute highly complex sensor environment models realistically and with a high resolution. The Sensor Simulation PC is fully compatible with all other components of the dSPACE ADAS/AD tool chain as it can be flawlessly combined with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) or software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulation platforms, such as SCALEXIO or VEOS. The Sensor Simulation PC comes as a preconfigured and performance-optimized system for dedicated sensor simulation applications, supporting 24/7 operation.

You can use multiple Sensor Simulation PCs together to simulate even complex scenarios of integrated ADAS/AD test benches.

At a Glance

  • High-performance simulation platform for sensor simulation in ADAS/AD applications
  • Support for cluster simulation
  • Simulation of radar, lidar, and camera sensors
  • Output of sensor raw data, 3-D point clouds, and target lists
  • Preconfigured and performance-optimized system for sensor simulation applications
  • Highly reliable platform for demanding 24/7 operation
  • Support of high-end professional NVIDIA GPUs
  • Worldwide dSPACE support and service
  • Continuous performance upgrades based on improvements in processor and GPU technology

Technical Details

  • High-performance processor: XEON E3-1275v6 at 3.8 GHz (4 physical cores)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Interfaces: Ethernet 1 Gb/s, Display Port, HDMI output
  • Data storage: 480 GB SSD
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (preconfigured)
  • Supported graphics cards:
    • NVIDIA P6000, P5000, P4000
    • NVIDIA GeForce 1080 and 1080Ti

Use Cases

HIL Test Setup

In a typical hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test setup, a vehicle, the traffic and the environment are simulated on a SCALEXIO simulator, while the Sensor Simulation PC simulates the vehicles sensors (radar, lidar, and camera). Its output signals are fed into the sensor ECU via the Environment Sensor Interface Unit.

Depending on the complexity and number of sensor models, you can use one or multiple Sensor Simulation PCs.

Basic Test Setup

The simplest test setup in which you can use the Sensor Simulation PC is a replay scenario where captured motion data is played again, processed by physical sensor simulation models, and where the resulting sensor data is fed into a virtual sensor ECU that also runs on the Sensor Simulation PC.

SIL Test Setup

The Sensor Simulation PC can be used in software-in-the-loop (SIL) test setups as a reliable and high-performance hardware platform for the virtual environment. It can host all the components of the SIL setup, from traffic simulation to the virtual ECU itself.

You can also use the Sensor Simulation PC to offload the sensor simulation from the developer workstation for performance reasons. In this case, a vehicle, the traffic, and the environment are still simulated on the workstation, but the Sensor Simulation PC simulates the vehicles sensors (radar, lidar, and camera). The simulated low-level sensor data is fed into the virtual sensor ECU that is executed on the workstation.

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