Driving Simulator Integration (17/10)

Company: Spirent Communications PLC

Location: Paignton, Devon

Company Description: Spirent has a large portfolio of innovative products and services. We have offices around the world, covering a broad range of test and verification solutions including; Ethernet, Wireless, Analytics, Security, Mobile Networks and GNSS. Our facility in Paignton is devoted to Satellite Navigation and Global Positioning.

From smarter vehicles to smarter infrastructure, transport increasingly relies on satellite and hybrid positioning systems. As an organization working to deliver a new era of intelligent transportation, we ensure systems are accurate, trustworthy, and highly available. Spirent’s GNSS simulation solutions, provide a wide range of options for thorough, reliable, lab-based performance testing.

Project Description: Driverless cars and their AI/ML algorithms that drive them require testing. Initial testing should be completed through simulation and a few driving simulators exist. Integrating these driving simulators with real world signals and sensors is vital to test the software and the hardware in the loop.

Challenge: To be able to drive the sensors, software and hardware that are required to be interfaced to a driving simulator. OpenDS is an open source driving simulator (https://www.opends.eu/). Integrating OpenDS and testing that the trajectory generated is smooth enough to drive a GNSS/Inertial simulator is a start in bringing a whole real world, real time driving simulator to life.

Requirements: Integrate the trajectory output of OpenDS to the trajectory input of SimGEN and test that the resulting GNSS path and Inertial outputs are consistent with the OpenDS simulation and produce continuous good quality motion to drive an inertial measurement unit in a smooth and continuous manner.

Student Specification:

Suggested degree programme:

  • Physics with a computer bias
  • Mathematics with computer bias
  • Computer Science with a mathematics bias

Key skills:

  • C/Java Programming
  • Maths
  • Algorithms

The Nitty Gritty: Start by arrangement (we’re fairly flexible). Induction Day at Harwell on 26 June, 2017.  We will offer £1,500 pcm.

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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