The second lidar company to be signed to Nvidia’s Drive Sim in as many days, the Cepton Inc. lidar sensor is now available for testing by companies developing autonomous vehicles on the simulation platform.
Cepton follows the announcement by Aeva that its 4D lidar sensors are also being included in the Nvidia Drive Sim platform.
The Nvidia Drive Sim is a platform to run large-scale, physically based autonomous vehicle simulations with multiple sensors involved. The system includes a ray-tracing application programming interface allowing developers to create model complex sensor technologies with full control of ray firings and hit point returns.
Cepton is adding its accurate digital twin of its lidar technology to the platform. This will allow automakers and autonomous vehicle developers to accelerate lidar deployment while minimizing real-world test driving, Cepton said.
The lidar is the first to provide dual near- and long-range simulation. The two-fold detection allows for blind spot elimination coupled with obstacle detection at highway speeds and across true-to-life driving scenarios, the company said.
Drive Sim enables users to work with Cepton lidar models in a virtual setting to prototype a range of sensor integration options, visualize lidar scan patterns in different environments and optimize sensor configurations with tunable settings such as frame rate, field of view and range of interest.