ANSYS And BMW Group Partner to Jointly Create First Simulation Tool for Autonomous Driving

ANSYS and BMW Group are creating the industry’s first holistic simulation tool chain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. The simulation tool chain will enable highly automated and autonomous driving (AD) with the first vehicle launch expected in just two years. BMW Group is leveraging ANSYS’ broad pervasive engineering simulation solutions and experience to speed up the development of a safety-focused solution for the validation of AD systems.

The financial impact of AVs is tremendous, with analysts predicting that AVs will boost the global economy by $7 trillion. But the impact on human life is even more significant with AVs having the potential to significantly reduce traffic accidents, reportedly saving more than 600,000 lives annually. Before they drive the highways in large numbers though, AVs must first support safety testing through rigorous testing in complex driving environments, including boundless road conditions and weather scenarios. This would require billions of miles of physical road tests across numerous driving conditions. Simulation greatly reduces the need for physical testing and will help bring safe AVs to the highways in a fraction of the time.

The multi-year understanding drives the improvement of BMW Group’s Level 3 offering and Level 4-5 innovation, conveying high/full robotization for the BMW iNEXT, expected to dispatch in 2021. The new computerized reproduction device chain will utilize BMW’s sensor information through savvy information investigation and the production of situations as per measurable importance and AD framework affectability.

ANSYS will assume exclusive rights to the simulation tool chain technology for commercialization to a wider market.

“BMW Group is a leader within the automotive industry and is revolutionizing the automotive landscape through their development of cutting-edge autonomous vehicle technologies that will drastically transform transportation as we know it. This partnership is a true game changer, positioning BMW and ANSYS as key drivers for turning this future vision into a near-term reality,” said Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager at ANSYS. “ANSYS simulation brings a complete virtual testing environment for AV systems to this partnership, designed to usher in a new era of fully autonomous vehicles and help address critical safety validation requirements for autonomous driving.”

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