The BMW Group and technology firm Ansys have announced they will be furthering their partnership to develop software for autonomous driving and advanced driver-assistance systems. The companies will be working on a so-called simulation toolchain that “defines test plans, pilots its execution, and gathers and compiles data-critical system information.”
BMW is in the race to pioneer Level 3 autonomous driving, which allows a vehicle to detect nearby hazards and make decisions. These technologies may eventually have the ability to perform tasks such as “establishing and maintaining maps, mimicking human interactions, overcoming weather conditions and design regulations, and managing cyber security.”
However, the rollout of autonomous driving and advanced driver-assistance systems will likely not be quick, as automakers will need to conduct extensive testing and software tweaks to gain approval from regulators (and consumers).