Siemens partners with American Center for Mobility on automated & connected vehicle initiatives

May 03, 2018

Siemens PLM Software and the Michigan-based American Center for Mobility (ACM) announced a new partnership that brings Siemens’ Simulation and Test solution for Automotive to ACM to support virtual and physical testing and validation of automated and connected vehicles. Siemens is part of similar strategic initiatives in Singapore and the Netherlands.

Included in the Siemens Simulation and Test solution for Automotive is Simcenter Prescan software for virtual simulation, developed by TASS International, which is now part of the Simcenter portfolio. The partnership was formalized on Apr. 25 in the presence of Michigan Governor Snyder, who at the same day signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dutch government on supporting innovation and deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies.

“The technology enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and the new era of mobility is changing rapidly, Snyder said. "It is essential we collaborate on policy, regulations, and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all. This partnership between Siemens PLM Software and ACM shows the global nature of the work that needs to be done.”

The Simcenter Prescan simulation environment produces realistic, physics-based simulation of raw sensor data for potential driving scenarios and traffic situations. Siemens PLM Software is able to provide an end-to-end tool suite and services, supporting the entire testing and validation methodology that combines virtual, mixed and physical reality.

“Our unique and complete representation of the digital twin integrates electronics, software and hardware based systems," said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO of Siemens PLM Software. "Because we cover all three of these disciplines in our digital twin, we can use these twins to run accurate simulations of the complex vehicle behavior found in autonomous vehicle systems. Multi-physics simulation is critical for autonomous vehicles, where the digital twin can drive billions of virtual miles and our solutions can predict exactly what’s going to happen in the real world.”

One of 10 federally-designated proving grounds for developing and testing self-driving vehicles, the American Center for Mobility provides a variety of real-world environments with the ability to test under a range of driving environments and infrastructure that includes a 2.5-mile highway loop, a 700-foot curved tunnel, two double overpasses, intersections and roundabouts. 

Siemens is partnered with ACM alongside AT&T, Visteon Corporation, Toyota, Ford and Hyundai America Technical Center, Microsoft, Subaru of America, Adient and more.