VeriCAV project will explore how simulated environments can support the development of self-driving technology to give further peace of mind before deployment

Verification of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (VeriCAV), a new connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) project exploring how simulated environments can support the development of self-driving technology, has launched its website today.

The VeriCAV project is developing an integrated test framework to allow Automated Driving Systems (ADS’s) to be validated in simulation, exposing them to large numbers of complex driving situations such that developers and regulators can have real confidence in their reliability and safety when deployed on the roads.

Performing physical vehicle tests for ADS is becoming increasingly time consuming, resource heavy, and expensive. Simulation opens the doors to very large numbers of scenarios including complex and uncommon situations that complement the need to physically test the system.

Chris Reeves, Head of CAV Technologies at HORIBA MIRA, said, “CAV technology is transformational and opening up huge commercial opportunities. It’s not, however, without major technical challenges in product development and the need to determine the functionality, safety and security of these systems using industry best practice test and validation processes. Simulation and modelling techniques will increasingly form part of the verification and validation methodologies and are critical in speeding up and reducing the cost of CAV product development.”

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