The BMW Group and Ansys join forces to implement unique simulation capabilities leading to more reliability in automated/autonomous vehicle technology

PITTSBURGH – Ansys and the BMW Group are extending their collaboration to create the first-ever end-to-end toolchain specifically guided by safety principles to develop and validate ADAS and autonomous driving functions. Through this collaboration, the BMW Group is leveraging Ansys’ capabilities to be one of the first automotive manufacturers to offer Level 3 (L3) highly automated driving to consumers. The collaboration is key to quickly addressing ADAS and autonomous vehicle (AV) system reliability to significantly speed time to market.

Driverless technologies are complex systems posing numerous challenges for automotive manufacturers —including establishing and maintaining maps, mimicking human interactions, overcoming weather conditions and design regulations, and managing cyber security. To reach L3 functions, car manufacturers must build a detailed safety case based on data from well-defined testing executed over millions of miles to understand how their AV systems will perform.

The BMW Group will use Ansys software solutions as part of its toolchain that defines test plans, pilots its execution, and gathers and compiles data-critical system information. With Ansys software capabilities, engineers can achieve robust design optimization and orchestration of simulated workflows faster. Using specific algorithms, the software efficiently and automatically searches for the most robust design configuration to help make critical decisions early in the design process — speeding development time and reducing overall project costs.

Together with the BMW Group, Ansys is tackling specific industry challenges and developing more scalable solutions to address them. Reciprocity between the two companies enables more informed decision-making during Ansys’ software development that benefits the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and other Ansys customers. Ansys can observe firsthand how the BMW Group is addressing key design and safety challenges with both physical and simulated data in real-time.

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