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Smart scenarios at CES

Among the demonstrations will be Twin Virtual Driver that allows two guests with VR displays to drive two autonomous cars in a smart city

Visitors to ESI's booth at CES 2018 can see engineering solutions for a connected world
Visitors to ESI's booth at CES 2018 can see engineering solutions for a connected world

ESI Group, an innovator in virtual prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, is showcasing how virtual reality (VR) and real-time physics-based computing can be used to fully experience a product, process, or venue remotely.


The live and immersive demonstrations in collaboration with its customers will take place on its booth at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next week.


According to ESI, its Twin Virtual Driver demonstrator allows two guests equipped with virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMD) to drive two autonomous cars in a smart city, to experience the complex world of greener and safer mobility.


To develop autonomous driving systems, simulation has become mandatory, from system design to autonomous vehicle pre-certification, providing the virtual road environment, sensors, and virtual road users, the company claims.


Under the direction of Jean-Charles Bornard, an ESI research engineer specialising in cognition, the demo enables two drivers to interact simultaneously in the same simulated environment by driving separate vehicles either in fully autonomous mode or in conventional manual mode.


The vehicle advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are simulated in real time by its ProSiVIC simulation platform dedicated to the pre-certification of autonomous vehicles.


Cognitive simulation of the human driver is the next keystone for safety and collaboration between human and autonomous driving systems, said ESI.


Meanwhile, a collaboration with its customer AP&T intends to “channel” a smart factory experience. Visitors to the booth will experience a metal stamping press in action at AP&T, a specialist in sheet metal forming for high-strength steel and aluminum.


Located in the heart of AP&T’s metal stamping press, the solution allows an interactive and immersive visit of the various machines installed in the company’s infrastructure. This exploration of the production tool offers the user the opportunity to observe and understand this complex engineering process.


Based on ESI’s latest technology for immersive virtual engineering (IVE), the demo will use an HTC Vive display headset system. Users will be able to visualise the simulation data in an immersive 3D environment and also interact with the virtual twin thanks, in particular, to the model reduction technology, allowing them to visualise the influence of certain parameters on the quality of the stamped part, ESI said.


ESI has a presence in more than 40 countries, addressing every major industrial sector. It employs some 1,200 high-level specialists around the world and reported annual sales of €141m in 2016.


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