National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded us a $350,137 grant that enables the research and development of large-scale Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) simulation facility for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in real-time.
While rapid progress is being made in the underlying engines for CAVs, this progress will not be useful without a significant advance in methods to show the robustness and safety of these systems. The effort opens opportunities to replicate and simulate real-world scenarios and offers the framework for the Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI) to provide industry and regulators with a technical language to communicate safety and verification issues. Moreover, other applications can benefit from the outcomes (e.g., marine, logistics, agriculture), thus enabling future partnerships. The facility also offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and attract industrial partners to test their systems. The institution encourages neighboring universities to use their facilities on research challenges related to CAVs. Finally, the integrated instrument enriches the existing curriculum with a simulation facility that supports HiL and has real-time (RT) simulation capacity.