THE WORLD’S most adaptable vehicle simulator has been unveiled at the University of Warwick as part of the work to make the future of driverless cars a reality.
The EPSRC funded 3xD Simulator is able to recreate complex driving conditions – including changes in llighting conditions, replicate GPS or 4G signal loss, and even simulate a cyber-attack – in order to test the new driverless vehicles.
The technology was launched by Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick, and is the University’s next step in researching and developing safe and secure autonomous technology which the public will trust.
Commenting on the launch, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, said: “There is an ambition to have totally driverless cars by 2030, to make this a reality companies need to invest in R&D.
“We’re collaborating with the automotive sector, from global companies to SMEs, through intelligent manufacturing to help design this next generation of vehicles.”
Using 30 miles of photorealistic, real world driving routes – including Coventry roads – the simulator presents ‘drivers’ with 360-degree high definition visuals, accompanied by 3D surround sound and real vehicle motion, delivering an immersive experience.
Professor Paul Jennings, WMG lead on intelligent vehicle research, added: “I am looking forward to using this advanced simulator to better understand smart and connected vehicles in a safe, repeatable and realistic virtual environment.
“We want to help our industry partners accelerate the introduction of this exciting new technology, so that we can all reap the many benefits as soon as possible.
“Improvements in safety and comfort, and reductions in congestion and energy use will all be made possible.”