Global automobile manufacturers and technology suppliers rely on dSPACE to implement the idea of autonomous driving. We provide the required simulation and validation solutions, including SIL, HIL, prototyping, data logging, data replay, data enrichment, sensor realism, scenario-based testing, scenario generation as well as data and test management. Our portfolio includes solutions for use on a PC, a HIL simulator, or in the cloud. We also offer consulting services, if required. 

End-to-End Development and Test Environment

To help you put the idea of autonomous driving on the road, dSPACE offers comprehensive solutions and services for the data-driven development, simulation, and validation. dSPACE solutions provide an open and integrated development and test environment – from data logging and production software development to homologation, sensor testing, and aftermarket.

  • Data logging: robust in-vehicle data logging system with outstanding performance for recording sensor raw data and vehicle bus data
  • Machine learning: data analysis and data processing
  • In-vehicle prototyping: fast function development for both data-driven development and mechanic controllers
  • Data enrichment: data selection, anonymization, and annotation with best-in-class quality and automation
  • Production software development: modeling, high-quality code generation, and verification for AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive, and other platforms
  • Data replay: time-synchronous replay of sensor raw data and vehicle bus data with an exceptionally high streaming bandwidth
  • Vehicle, environment, and sensor simulation: highly realistic and validated simulation models
  • SIL testing: powerful PC- and cloud-based SIL simulation
  • HIL testing: real-time HIL testing of high-performance computers
  • Scenario generation: automated generation of simulation  scenarios from sensor raw data or object lists
  • Scenario-based testing: validating software for autonomous driving by automatically performing and evaluating millions of tests with an end-to-end solution for SIL, HIL, and simulation in the cloud
  • Data and test management: central management of measurement, simulation, and test data
  • Connectivity testing: end-to-end solution for testing V2X and cloud-based services for connected vehicles
  • Security testing: real-time simulation and manipulation of security mechanisms to find security vulnerabilities and validate protected ECUs
  • Validation and homologation: verification and validation strategy according to ISO 26262 and ISO/PAS 21448 (SOTIF) to achieve homologation and certification with optimized processes
  • End-of-line sensor testing: precise, cost-efficient, high-throughput testing of radar control units
  • Periodic technical inspections: verifying functionality, safety, and conformity of radar-based environment detection units for vehicles

The chain of effects in autonomous driving generally consists of different processing stages. First, the sensor’s raw data has to be preprocessed (perception). The goal is to detect features and static or dynamic objects as well as free spaces in the environment of the vehicle on the basis of single images or reflection points. During the subsequent stage, the results are merged and collated to a consistent environment model (data fusion). For this, time synchronization and correlation of sensor data is important. In addition, it is necessary to know the exact location and lane position of the vehicle based on a high-definition map (localization).

Based on the environment model, the situation around the vehicle is analyzed, the potential driving trajectories are planned, the decision for a certain maneuver is made, and the longitudinal and lateral control is executed. 

A detailed and comprehensive simulation of the real world is the basis for a successful validation. Using suitable sensor models and the integration of real sensors with the test environment plays an important role. The range of sensor models extends from technology-independent variants, which generate object lists directly from information provided by the environmental model, to phenomenological or physical models, which are typically calculated on a high-performance GPU and feed raw data to the connected real sensors such as camera or radar. There are different integration options for sensors depending on the type of data and the layer to stimulate. These options can range as far as direct stimulation of the sensor front end, either over-the-air, such as radar, or via HF cable with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) or V2X (Vehicle-to-X) signals. Using the real sensors in the test environment is often indispensable since the signal preprocessing, the sensor data fusion, and creating the environment model in the sensor’s control unit have a deep impact on the chain of effects.  

Data-Driven Software Development for Autonomous Vehicles

Artificial-intelligence-assisted one-stop-solution for data-driven development of autonomous vehicles (AV), from data recording and enrichment to generation of real-world-based scenarios for large scale simulation.

Vehicle Connectivity

No matter which communication technology you prefer – dSPACE solutions help you bring connected cars to the market faster.

Rapid Prototyping

Developing perception, fusion and application algorithms using dSPACE prototyping systems and RTMaps

MIL/SIL Simulation

Testing automated driving functions via model- (MIL) or software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulation on standard PCs or PC clusters

HIL Simulation

Testing automated driving systems and complete chains of effects in the laboratory

Overview of Tools

Well-coordinated tool chain with tools that interact smoothly throughout all the development steps


A selection of dSPACE videos on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving

dSPACE Consulting

dSPACE Consulting offers consultancy projects to support you in defining processes and optimizing them throughout all phases of ECU development, independent of whether dSPACE tools are used.

  • ADAS and Autonomous Driving Product Information, PDF, English, 1399 KB

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