Some highly publicized benefits of autonomous vehicles (in addition to driver downtime) are the reduction of traffic congestion and increased safety. Today, much of autonomous systems engineering centers on adapting cars, trains, buses, trucks and drones that were originally designed for human operators. But, what if, in addition to changing how vehicles are driven, we also alter the environment to make it more conducive for autonomous navigation?
Autodrive Solutions, a startup from Madrid, is developing systems to make autonomous driving safer and more coordinated by mapping routes with plastic paint spots (for roads) or bars (for rail tracks). Using these markers and an onboard radar unit that reads them, a central host computer will determine each vehicle’s location to within a centimeter so that traffic flow can be synchronized and improved.
All businesses strive to increase efficiency and lower costs. If your business fails to innovate, your products will be surpassed by others that do. Imagine that your latest product design achieves higher efficiency in a smaller package but, when you bring it to your tooling supplier, you learn that it will take considerable cost and time to validate the tooling you need. What will you do? The tooling manufacturer has limitations in its manufacturing processes that limit your options to get a better product to market faster. If only it had access to the leading simulation software and the latest advances in additive manufacturing technology, the supplier would be able to solve this problem instead of forcing you to take measures into your own hands.
In the engineering community we are keenly aware of some truly disruptive forces acting on the industries in which we work. Autonomous vehicles, for example, are continuously in the news. Environmental concerns are pushing efficiency to new limits and driving a shift to more electric systems. Competition is relentless, fueled by new market players from burgeoning economies and traditionally disparate industries. Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the way products are designed and fabricated, and digitalization, once a buzz word, is becoming real. All businesses need to adapt to disruption.
Autonomous vehicles are poised to redefine the global automotive and aerospace industries. But designing these complex products to meet safety and reliability requirements represents an engineering challenge without precedence. Because these machines must make highly sophisticated decisions in extremely complex environments, manufacturers must test a prohibitively enormous number of use cases and scenarios.
The latest issue of ANSYS Advantage reveals how engineering simulation is the only way to deliver the speed and cost-efficiency that organizations require to develop autonomous systems. Electronics reliability (including semiconductors and hardware), software and algorithm development, functional safety analysis, accurate sensors and more are all needed to ensure road, track and air safety. In this issue, experts explain the broad range of simulation technology needed to ensure safe and reliable autonomous systems. And, industry leaders reveal how engineering simulation is a critical capability in the drive toward fully autonomous vehicles.
Last September, we launched the preview of ANSYS Discovery Live — a new technology that can bring intuitive and real-time simulation insight to all engineering decisions.
“… one of the biggest breakthroughs in design and engineering technology in the last ten years” – Develop3D
Today, we go from technology preview to the commercial availability as we introduce the ANSYS Discovery family of products. This is a big step towards the vision of simulation for every engineer and every product — to make it as easy to simulate a product’s physical performance, as it is to use Google Search. Continue reading →
It always astounds me what our ANSYS customers accomplish with our software. Applying Pervasive Engineering Simulation, engineers, designers and students from organizations around the world and across a vast array of industries submitted a large number of innovative entries to be considered for the ANSYS Hall of Fame. It was very difficult for our judges to pick the winners among such great examples of engineering excellence.
Startup companies are using ANSYS software in exciting and groundbreaking ways. It should come as no surprise then that some of my favorite articles in our ANSYS magazines (ANSYS Advantage and Dimensions) in 2017 were generated with the assistance of startups. I think the enthusiasm of these hardworking teams of entrepreneurs who participate in the ANSYS Startup Program is demonstrated in these articles about how their pioneering products are being developed.
Many startups literally begin in a garage. For example, Kyle Doerksen, Founder and CEO of Future Motion, inventor of the Onewheel motorized skateboard, prototyped his idea in his garage before launching a Kickstarter campaign. With the help of engineering simulation his team quickly moved from prototype to mass production. Future Motion has shipped more than 10,000 products, expediting many short commutes and creating a new form of transportation and recreation along the way.
It has been nearly two months since we unveiled ANSYS Discovery Live to the public and made it freely available for download. Discovery Live is the first ever real-time engineering simulation software available to all engineers. Since that time, many things have happened that has made this launch a tremendous success. I’d like to share some of those with you today, and make you aware of some exciting opportunities.
Behind ANSYS developing Discovery Live was the firm belief in the power of simulation and its benefits for everyone. The ability to accurately predict a product’s performance as part of the validation stage, or make adjustments to models to simulate products already in the field are examples of pervasive engineering simulation. But what Discovery Live has done is further advance the reach of simulation to the upfront design exploration stage. ANSYS has had a passion for helping engineers in this space for some time, and Discovery Live represents a true milestone for making this happen even more than it already has.Continue reading →
Great products are composed of great individual components that are increasingly assessed from every possible physical perspective. But as you probably know, optimally designed components do not necessarily result in optimal systems. Eventually, the components are assembled, powered, sensed and controlled as an integrated system, and must therefore be simulated as a system to meet peak performance requirements and stringent safety standards. But building and testing integrated product systems and subsystems can be costly and may not identify optimal configurations and/or potential shortcomings. Systems simulation can help to overcome this challenge. Continue reading →
ANSYS has long held the vision that every engineer would be able to benefit from the insight of engineering simulation. It seems intuitive that you would want to build a digital model of your product and instantly see stresses, flows, temperature, etc. to gain insights into the design, as well as make changes in in real-time and see how they affect the performance.
Speed and Ease of Use Changes Everything
Simulation is ranked as one of the most critical engineering technologies in this age of the Internet of Things and additive manufacturing. However, half a century after its introduction it is still the domain of specialists and used predominantly for the most complex of engineering projects. Why? The learning curve is steep, sometimes requiring decades of experience, and it is after all rocket-science and can be both complex and time consuming to do simulations. All of this is about to change! Continue reading →