Siemens Digital Industries Software and VSI Labs are set to join forces to advance the development of autonomous car technology.

As part of the partnership, digital twin simulations will be created by leveraging Siemens’ PAVE360 platform to validate and test all processors, electronics, sensors and systems powering the VSI Labs Capability Demonstrator.

The advanced AV development demonstrator features components from automotive technology leaders and was integrated by VSI solutions engineers.

Siemens business Mentor IC Verification senior vice-president Ravi Subramanian said: “The primary objective of this partnership is to demonstrate equivalence between Siemens’ industry-leading digital twin technology and a physical platform, thereby increasing confidence in digital twin-based modelling methodologies well in advance of the existence of a physical vehicle.

“This collaboration with VSI has the potential to significantly advance the AV space with the creation of a high-fidelity autonomous vehicle digital twin that simulates the interaction and combined power of the most advanced AV components and technologies in the world.”

The PAVE360 pre-silicon autonomous validation environment from Siemens can deliver a comprehensive platform for multi-supplier collaboration across the automotive ecosystem.

It is also capable of extending simulation capabilities beyond processors for creating digital twins.

They include automotive hardware and software sub-systems, full vehicle models, fusion of sensor data and traffic flows.

Furthermore, as part of the collaboration, Siemens and VSI Labs will partner on multiple engineering projects.

They will initially start with the validation of Digital Twin technology for systems functionality across the electronics, System-on-Chip (SoC), sensor and mechanical levels of the VSI demonstrator vehicle.

VSI Labs president and founder Phil Magney said: “Siemens’ PAVE360 is a unique and powerful environment that we believe will substantially enhance our ability to analyse, test and deploy the hardware, software and connectivity systems necessary to support advanced safety and automated driving systems.”