The Konrad Technologies team
The Konrad Technologies team

Driverless car software specialist opens new Dunfermline office

Konrad Technologies, a global supplier of sensor testing of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), has opened its UK offices in Dunfermline, Fife.

Konrad-Technologies UK is at the forefront of test and measurement of ADAS sensors including Radar, LiDAR and vision cameras required for driverless cars. Konrad’s focus on automotive vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT) markets fits with one of the Scottish Governments six strategic themes on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) strategy for delivering provision of Intelligent Mobility.

The ability to test ADAS sensors that allow vehicles to “see” the road ahead is paramount to developing and delivering autonomous driving safety as more and more car manufacturers launch Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). Active safety systems for autonomous vehicles require millions of miles of test-drives to meet safety requirements. Moreover, these are typically complex test scenarios and often include the need to inject errors into automotive systems in order to test in non-ideal conditions.

Konrad-Technologies UK Managing Director, Robin Irwin said: “CAV testing is not possible to achieve by driving exclusively on test tracks or public roads. Konrad provide the ability to allow automotive parts or systems to be tested within a virtual environment, allowing for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing. This allows automotive parts or systems to be tested within a virtual environment. For example, simulating radar signals representing a pedestrian on the road to test the reaction of the automatic braking systems.

“Moreover, with the increase in digitisation of road networks worldwide, we can provide complex test scenarios and simulate the trunk and rural road networks of Scotland, evaluating safety-critical systems in a laboratory environment and delivering CAV trials safely with no impact on public roads. Put simply, our testing approach to sensor fusion simplifies and shortens development time for car manufacturers.”

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