Automotive simulation company IPG Automotive has joined not-for-profit collaboration Project Aslan to accelerate the viability of low-speed autonomous transport solutions.
IPG develops software and hardware simulation solutions for application in areas including autonomous vehicles, ADAS, e-mobility, real driving emissions and vehicle dynamics.
Known for its proprietary solution for virtual test driving, CarMaker, IPG Automotive has developed an integration for the Project Aslan software stack through the development of a robot operating system (ROS) bridge.
By supplementing the Aslan ecosystem with a bridge to CarMaker, Project Aslan community members who are license-holders of CarMaker can benefit from new functional capability relied upon by OEMs, tyre companies and Tier 1 suppliers from within in the Aslan ecosystem.
According to IPG, access to its CarMaker in the Aslan stack provides an additional automotive-grade rung of simulation capability on top of Aslan’s existing open-source Gazebo toolset for new and existing CarMaker license holders.
Furthermore, the virtual testing solution adds to Aslan’s capacity to reduce reliance on costly hardware platforms.
Elliot Hemes, managing director of IPG Automotive UK, said: “It is important for us to form partnerships and collaborations with people and organisations that are really shifting the paradigm in this area.
“And we see the impressive Project Aslan community in just that context – game-changers with whom we’re very pleased to associate.”
IPG Automotive is the latest of fifteen organisations to contribute and be associated with Project Aslan.
The scope of operations of these organisations varies from transport research universities in Europe and Asia to cybersecurity, geospatial data, robotics software and autonomous vehicle platform companies.
Professor Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, director of research at Institute of Future Transport & Cities, Coventry University, and Project Aslan advisory board member, said: “Project Aslan continues to attract a diverse and self-enriching collaborative environment for the progression of low- speed autonomous transport solutions.”