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f.l.t.r. Waldemar Epple (AEN), Thomas Benz (PTV), Andre Fischbeck (IPG), Kristina Stifter (PTV) in dialogue with Mr Mangesh R. Saraf (ARAI) at PTV headquarters.
f.l.t.r. Waldemar Epple (AEN), Thomas Benz (PTV), Andre Fischbeck (IPG), Kristina Stifter (PTV) in dialogue with Mr Mangesh R. Saraf (ARAI) at PTV headquarters.

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) from Pune visited the PTV Group in Karlsruhe to learn from European use cases and technologies – organised by the Automotive Engineering Network (AEN). The primary objectives of ARAI’s R&D Program are to build competencies, capacities, indigenous technologies and conduct country-specific studies.

Recent projects include Simulator for EV Chargers, Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development, Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Autonomous Vehicles, Vehicle Dynamics, 3D Road Profile, etc.

Therefore, the Senior Deputy Director Mangesh R. Saraf was very interested how the traffic simulation tool of PTV could deliver additional benefits to their experimental efforts for modelling autonomous vehicles and building up a professional AV testing area. He says: ‘We want to move from an automotive world to a mobility world.’

ARAI has been already using IPG software to run virtual test scenarios to evaluate processes in the car, e.g. of cameras and sensors. Mr. M. R. Saraf was excited that PTV could add virtual scenarios outside of the car, particularly the traffic environment. This allows to model and evaluate the interactivity of the car with other road users. Especially user-friendly is the existing interface to CarMaker which allows a co-simulation and integrated view on realistic traffic conditions.

to run virtual test scenarios to evaluate processes in the car, e.g. of cameras and sensors. Mr. M. R. Saraf was excited that PTV could add virtual scenarios outside of the car, particularly the traffic environment. This allows to model and evaluate the interactivity of the car with other road users. Especially user-friendly is the existing interface to CarMaker which allows a co-simulation and integrated view on realistic traffic conditions.

‘It is great to see that technology from Karlsruhe can help India building up AV test areas’, says Waldemar Epple from AEN.

Traffic situations in India are quite special, they are used to chaotic situations on the roads every day.

Thomas Benz, Solution Director Automotive at PTV summarizes: ‘Traffic simulation is a crucial point within virtual test scenarios for electric and autonomous vehicles. Our software PTV Vissim is chaos-ready for India with our implemented non-lane-based driving behaviour.’