Spirent Communications and dSPACE have announced a new a technology partnership to enhance real-time positioning scenarios for Autonomous Driving Hardware-in-the-Loop (AD-HIL) test systems. Through it, the companies will aim to make these scenarios more realistic while accelerating development times and time to market.

Building on a long-standing cooperation between the partners, their latest collaboration will offer customers a turnkey solution by extending dSPACE’s AD-HIL to include the Spirent GSS7000 high-fidelity global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) simulator. This combination will allow developers of autonomous driving systems to validate vehicle behavior in location-critical scenarios utilizing real satellite signals, with all of the tooling pre-integrated from a single source provider to assure performance and continuity, and accelerate development.

As autonomous vehicles continue to advance, the precision and latency offered by GNSS-enabled systems will play a larger role in the development of their most essential technologies. In addition to dSPACE’s AD-HIL, which offers radar, camera, LiDAR, and ultrasonic sensor simulation interfaces, the GSS700 simulator, with high fidelity RF signal generation and low latency response, becomes an additional sensor working in parallel for the validation of driver assistance algorithms. Jamming and spoofing scenarios can be validated as security-relevant functional tests for highly autonomous platforms, while Spirent’s SimHIL software interface ensures performant and reliable communication between each partner’s systems.