FEV Partners with Metamoto to Deliver Technical Expertise, Onboarding Assistance to Companies Leveraging Innovative AV Simulation Service
FEV and Metamoto enter memorandum of understanding to support users of their autonomous vehicle simulation platform
Auburn Hills, MI & Redwood City, Calif. – Engineering services provider, FEV, and autonomous vehicle simulation solution provider, Metamoto, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), under which FEV will provide technical expertise and support to help Metamoto integrate and onboard new customers onto the company’s scalable autonomous vehicle (AV) simulation offering, Simulation as a Service.
Metamoto’s Simulation as a Service enables companies working on autonomous technology to train, test, debug and validate AV software safely in the virtual space before it is implemented in real-world applications. Since 2016, FEV has been working with these types of alternative solutions for mobility and has been bundling all of the steps associated with advanced, fully connected AVs in its “Smart Vehicle” Center of Excellence. FEV will leverage its expertise to provide Metamoto customers with a white glove customer service experience.
“Because of the increasing connectedness of these types of vehicles, it is imperative to consider the entire vehicle at every stage of the development process when testing and validating the wide array of features and functions that will ultimately be integrated into the end product,” said Dean Tomazic, executive vice president and CTO, FEV North America. “Simulation as a Service is an ideal solution to simulate AV software in a controlled environment, and the offering is directly in line with FEV’s approach to supporting autonomous mobility solutions. We are excited to support Metamoto with this effort and to further demonstrate FEV’s advanced capabilities within the Smart Vehicle industry.”
Key features of Metamoto’s Simulation as a Service offering include:
1. Scalability – The ability to run millions of tests in a single cycle, ultimately driving billions of virtual test miles, to identify isolated outcomes, performance boundaries and system tolerances.
2. Parameterization – Simulations are executable across a spectrum of environmental (weather, traffic, road conditions, pedestrians, etc.) and hardware (vehicle properties, sensor placement, latency, sensor settings, etc.) parameters.
3. Continuous test and integration – On-demand simulation is inserted into the AV product lifecycle with tools like Jenkins and Jira, allowing for seamless regression testing, agile workflows, version control and more, every time vehicle software, sensors and/or infrastructure change.
4. Accurate simulation – Precise, unified simulation of a variety of sensors is available including LiDAR, camera, radar, GPS, IMU and others.
5. Interoperability – Metamoto’s offering is delivered as an add-on to other mobility solutions.
“Billions of simulations are ultimately required to assure the safety of autonomous systems and we help our customers take advantage of the best simulation tools and practices available, all at a much lower cost and in a much safer manner than building a proprietary solution or testing on real-world roads,” said Chad Partridge, CEO, Metamoto. “Metamoto’s Simulation as a Service is available now through a monthly subscription and users can access the software using a web browser, making for a seamless onboarding process and easing continued usage and product lifecycle updates. Our partnership with FEV will ensure we are able to continue providing our customers with a personalized customer service experience.”
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The FEV Group, with its headquarters in Aachen, Germany, is an internationally renowned service provider in the area of vehicle development. The skill spectrum of FEV includes consulting and the development and testing of innovative vehicle concepts, all the way up to serial production. In addition to engine and transmission development, vehicle integration, and the calibration and homologation of modern vehicle powertrains, the development of hybrid and electric drive systems as well as alternative fuels is constantly increasing in importance. Another area of activity includes optimizing electronic control systems as well as the increasing connectedness of cars. In this context, one particular focus is the continued development of autonomous vehicles.
The FEV Software and Testing Solutions product portfolio complements this offering by producing cutting-edge test bench measuring equipment in addition to software solutions that help make development more efficient and transfer significant process steps from the road to the test rig – or even to a computer simulator.
As a globally operating service provider, the company offers these services to its customers from the transport sector worldwide. The FEV Group employs over 5,700 highly qualified specialists in modern development centers close to our customers at more than 40 locations on four continents.
About Metamoto, Inc.
Metamoto brings superior simulation-centric products, services, and best practices for training, testing, developing and validating autonomous system software to world-class enterprises. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Metamoto was founded in 2016 by a veteran team of enterprise software entrepreneurs with numerous software engineering and autonomous systems successes. The team features scalable continuous test and integration discipline and expertise steeped in simulation, computer vision, machine learning, standards and regulations. To learn more, visit https://www.metamoto.com.