LeddarTech of Quebec and German dSPACE have launched LeddarEcho LiDAR, a simulation software for developers of level 1 sensors and perception systems. The system uses the realistic dSPACE sensor simulator, AURELION, to emulate the operation of the LiDAR sensor. in a series of phases by providing a high fidelity automotive front LiDAR sensor model for software in the loop (SiL) and hardware in loop applications (HiL).
Currently, the development of a sensing platform and perception system requires the integration and calibration of real sensor hardware on a vehicle and the acquisition and annotation of conventional data, which are expensive and time consuming processes. According to LedderTech, this allows users to simulate different concepts and combinations of sensors and validate sensor design requirements without needing to assemble the entire system.
LeddarEcho also supports the development of perception systems, according to the company, via the functionality provided by dSPACE’s AURELION, which enables physics-based sensor models and photorealistic visualization.
“Market growth in the coming years will continue at SAE levels 2 and 3 for ADAS and, prior to LeddarEcho, there was no solution to simulate front-end LiDARs for these systems,” said LeddarTech technical director Pierre Olivier. “This tool will potentially save months of R&D for new systems by allowing simulations at the sensor development or perception level without the need for real hardware and data collection and annotation.”
According to the company, future releases, scheduled for 2022, will enhance LeddarEcho with high-fidelity simulations and modeling of various LiDAR components.