Volvo Autonomous Solutions is now working with verification company Foretellix to create a Coverage Driven Verification Solution for autonomous vehicles operating on public roads and in confined spaces—making massive scale testing of millions of different scenarios possible.
This testing will help “validate autonomous vehicles and machines dealing with anything they might encounter within their specified Operational Design Domain (ODD),” according to a news release. The focus of the partnership is to provide high levels of safety and productivity for Volvo Autonomous Solutions vehicles and machines.
The solution will have the ability to create large scale simulations and conduct big data analysis, leading to a reduction in costs and time to market. This helps ensure faster operational readiness and allows systems to safely scale up across multiple sites and ODDs.
Foretellix has developed a verification platform that uses intelligent automation and big data analytics tools to coordinate and monitor millions of driving scenarios. The goal is to expose bugs and unknown edge cases. Volvo Autonomous Solutions will jointly adapt Foretellix’s verification system for both highways and confined area applications, such as mines and quarries.
The companies plan to use Foretellix’s Open Measurable Scenario Description Language (M-SDL) to make it easier to capture, reuse and share scenarios. M-SDL also makes it possible to specify any mix of scenarios and operating conditions.
“This partnership is a significant milestone for the industry as it is the first time that large-scale Coverage Driven Verification will be used for verification of ADS in confined areas,” Foretellix CEO and Co-founder Ziv Binyamini said, according to the release. “Our partnership will combine the expertise of the two companies and set a new standard in the verification of automated driving systems, boosting both safety and productivity.”