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CAR West Facilities

The Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator (HiL) is a connected and autonomous vehicle hardware-in-the-loop simulator. It is used for developing automated driving algorithms and allows users to run highly realistic hardware-in-the-loop simulation of connected and autonomous driving functions. The simulator consists of a dSPACE Scalexio system which runs Carsim Real Time with Traffic and Sensors and is connected to a dSPACE Microautobox electronic control unit and two Dedicated Short Range Communication radios for Vehicle to everything communication. Vehicle in the loop and pedestrian in the loop studies can also be conducted using this simulator. It is also used for testing algorithms such as Lane Keeping, vehicle to everything, Pedestrian collision avoidance, and decision making systems for autonomous driving


DASH LabThe DASH Lab houses a small, low speed full electric two seater shuttle used for ride sharing applications and for testing potential solutions for the “first mile last mile” mobility problem. The low speed autonomous shuttle has drive-by-wire functionality and sensors like forward looking radar, three dimensional LIDAR, forward looking camera, high accuracy Global Positioning System (GPS) and an inexpensive solid state LIDAR sensor, used to achieve localization and environmental perception for situational awareness. This vehicle is used for testing various collision avoidance algorithms, for path planning in crowded environments such as malls and as a low speed autonomous shuttle demonstrator. 


The Simulation Room houses a Real Time Technologies Inc. benchtop simulator with three displays used for creating and troubleshooting driving scenarios. Vehicle dynamics can be altered in the software to allow measurement of driver preference for vehicle handling characteristics such as breaking and steering. This simulator is used for driver behavior analysis, driver-vehicle interactions research, driver response to ADAS and distraction response. 


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