Humanetics, an active safety testing equipment and service provider headquartered in Farmington Hills, is partnering with Israel’s Foretellix, a provider of verification and validation platforms in automated driving systems, to showcase a joint toolchain the companies created to bridge the gap between virtual and physical testing.
The toolchain first uses Foretellix’s platforms — the virtual tools — to start a cycle that tests the vehicle’s automotive driving assistance systems, which can ensure the equipment is operating safely and in compliance with industry standards.
From there, Foretify, a Foretellix offering, continues the cycle by running thousands of tests on the machine. From there, the tests are sent to Humanetics to go through the company’s UFO Base control software.
The Humanetics’ test robots then execute these tests physically on the proving ground by converting the data using the software. After being converted by the robots, the data is then sent back to Foretify, where it is used as part of a dashboard that analyzes the success of the automated system. This data can then be used to determine the safety of a vehicle.
“Working with Humanetics enables us to demonstrate how to bridge physical and virtual testing, employing a unified toolchain that generates and executes tests on different platforms – both virtual and physical – and analyzes all that data in one unified productivity dashboard,” says Ziv Binyamini, CEO and co-founder of Foretellix.
“We believe that a unified verification and validation platform showing coverage data from both physical and virtual simulation testing is the way forward for the automotive industry’s quest for improving safety and ensuring a faster development cycle of automated driving systems.”
This toolchain will help improve automated vehicles testing through stronger, more complete data on the safety of vehicles, says Sanket Mehta, vice president of business development at Humanetics. Mehta says the use of virtual scenarios will allow for virtual testing of vehicles in more complex situations, such as a street with many other cars, pedestrians, and bicycles that are more difficult to test in real life.
“This integration with Foretellix will help customers optimize their test cycles and, by improving the data consistency between virtual and physical testing, we can reduce the time and resources needed to run these important tests,” Mehta says.
Humanetics and Foretellix released a video introducing the toolchain that will be followed by a live demonstration at the AAA Northern California’s GoMentum Station in May in California.
Humanetics designs, manufactures, and supplies crash test dummies, calibration equipment, crash sensors and instrumentation, active safety testing equipment, and services for autonomous vehicles and crash simulation software models. It has been in business for more than 65 years.
Fortellix’s development lifecycle verification and validation platform enables mass deployment of automated driving systems. Its platform manages testing required to ensure safety, reduce development costs, and shorten the time to market of automated driving systems equipment.