PLYMOUTH, Mich. – AVL announced a collaboration with the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to advance methods for autonomous driving research. As part of the collaboration, CU-ICAR will be home to the first AVL DRIVINGCUBE in the United States, which will allow students and researchers to perform complex ADAS/AD validation and verification tasks from the safety of a laboratory environment.

AVL will outfit the facility’s existing chassis dyno with the AVL DRIVINGCUBEâ„¢ to interface with the testbed, electronic control units, and the environment simulation software. The CU-ICAR team will receive a suite of AVL software supporting the DRIVINGCUBE to seamlessly create scenarios, generate test cases, and test the vehicle in a virtual environment.

“With driverless vehicles transforming our industry, our work must be fast, efficient, and robust to produce the translational results our partners expect from Clemson University,” said Zoran Filipi, chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR and founding director of the Center for Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems (VIPR-GS). “Our collaboration with AVL allows us to integrate state-of-the-art technologies into our research and provide real-world learning experiences to produce the engineering leaders of tomorrow.”

“We are excited to work with CU-ICAR to deliver the first AVL DRIVINGCUBE here in the states,” commented Ben Strayer, Regional Business Manager – Software at AVL. “Our system is flexible, which allows us to enhance and build upon existing equipment with ease. With this solution, the next generation of STEM leaders can better understand and optimize on-road and passenger vehicle applications.”

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