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Industrial needs - Pre Phase: Real Life Scenarios for Simulations Methods and Enviroment


The purpose of the Industrial Needs project, based on the ViP partners' (especially the OEMs') identified challenges and topics for development, was to find out common needs and requirements for future simulator applications. Thus, what do they want to test in an as realistic virtual (simulation) environment as possible? The activities at the ViP partners cover for example vehicle, infrastructure and transport issues. Within all these areas using simulation/simulators and working in virtual environments were appraised as relevant and advantageous based on motives like:

1. Reality is not available, i.e. the technology is not in place to realize concepts.
2. Reality is too dangerous, e.g. for safety critical testing.
3. Time and money can be saved, e.g. in product development.

The review of needs and requirements covered current and future use of driving simulators with a focus on simulator development. The task was approached from three different points of view: the driver perception and need, the description of the environment, and the vehicle model. The level of authenticity was suggested to be increased step by step to meet the demands on driving simulators in future projects (research, development, innovation).


Another result is an overview of past experiences in the field of driving simulation. It shows commonly used and missing features, and lists current needs and problems necessary to solve for use of simulators in futurological work. Future topics and connected challenges are pointed out and prioritised to reveal areas of common interest. Identified needs are translated into scenarios so that the parallel ViP projects "MA1 Methods" and "MT1 Tools" can get an idea and a description of the problems they need to find solutions for.

Topics of highest priority were testing and development of safety systems, human factors, HMI for ADAS, virtual prototype development, driver modelling, and semi-autonomous driving. Future challenges in getting the highest priority scores were enabling realistic speed and distance perception, common simulator interfaces and tools, validation techniques, design of "special" events, and scenario re-use. Based on the described needs and interests, simulator development should focus on environmental features (like road description and scenario design) and driver related issues (like motion feedback and graphics).

In summary, the Industrial Needs project provides a first framework for discussions about future joint projects within the ViP centre. The prioritizations made reveal common interests and show which challenges have to be solved in order to enable a more broad-based use of driving simulators in future application areas of high importance.

Project manager
Martin Fischer, VTI, +46 (0)31 750 26 09

Project partners: VTI, Volvo Trucks, Saab, Scania, Volvo Cars, SRA

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