Darmstadt, Germany, March 9th, 2022 – VI-grade, the simulation and driving simulator company that accelerates product innovation by bridging the gap between simulation and physical testing, today announced that its long-standing customer, NIO, has implemented VI-grade’s user-friendly, fully integrated graphic environment, VI-WorldSim. With the adoption of VI-WorldSim, the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer complements its existing VI-grade driving simulation setup, which includes a DiM150 DYNAMIC Driving Simulator and VI-CarRealTime, VI-grade’s real-time vehicle simulation environment utilizing a single simplified vehicle model.
VI-WorldSim is fully supported by NIO’s DiM150 Driving Simulator, installed at the company’s headquarters in Shanghai. Adopting VI-WorldSim expands the DiM150’s capabilities by adding realistic, multi-agent AI traffic behavior and sensor fusion. VI-WorldSim will mainly be used for ADAS and AV development aimed at increasing safety in autonomous driving. In addition to the DYNAMIC Driving Simulator, NIO is also looping in an extra DESKTOP Simulator. This creates a multi-simulator setup, allowing two drivers on two different driving simulators to simultaneously operate in the same scenario. This co-simulation is largely used to study the interaction of ADAS controllers in both random and complex scenarios.
“Delivering a joyful and reassuring experience while using autonomous and assisted driving is one of NIO’s pillars, which is why we are investing heavily in the development and validation of these functions”, said Danilo Teobaldi, VP Vehicle Engineering at NIO.“The availability of our DiM150 DYNAMIC Driving Simulator in combination with VI-CarRealTime and VI-WorldSim allows us to create a safe environment for extensive ADAS and AV development, and to reproduce it at any time. We are confident that our current driving simulation setup will significantly help us to make ADAS systems safer and improve their overall functionality in the future.”
“We are pleased to announce the introduction of VI-WorldSim at our long-standing customer NIO”, commented Guido Bairati, Managing Director at VI-grade. “It is the perfect complement to their existing driving simulation setup, allowing NIO to take their ADAS & AV development capabilities to an even higher level.”