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Accelerating Autonomous Vehicle Development with Photorealistic, Virtual AI Training and Testing Simulation

Accelerating Autonomous Vehicle Development with Photorealistic, Virtual AI Training and Testing Simulation


Level 5 autonomous vehicles (AVs), i.e. completely self-driving cars, are now the foreseeable future of mobility. There are numerous ongoing developments globally: every significant automaker is pursuing the technology either in-house or in partnerships with specialist companies. This resulted in significant advances in all areas of autonomous driving technologies, bringing them closer to commercial readiness.
However, the great challenge is to make sure that these technologies work safely and properly; i.e. testing and validation. Real road testing is not only expensive and time-consuming, but also inefficient, as it is not possible to create situations that characteristically lead to accidents without hazarding other road users.
Founded in 2015, AImotive has grown to be one of the largest independent teams in the world working towards fully self-driving car technology. 190 colleagues work with us in our headquarters in Budapest, Hungary and offices in Helsinki, Finland; Mountain View, California and Tokyo, Japan.
One of our key developments, aiSim is a simulator for self-driving technologies, created to accelerate the development of aiDrive, our self-driving solution. The ability to recreate real-world situations and create unique scenarios ensures the safe development of autonomous vehicle technology and enables to undertake testing of new developments about two orders of magnitude more cost efficiently and an order of magnitude faster than real road testing. Currently available to our partners as part of aiDrive projects. The proposed Phase 1 project explores the opportunity and requirements of commercialising aiSim as a stand-alone product.
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Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 856138


Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2019

Funded under:




  • Overall budget:

    € 71 429

  • EU contribution

    € 50 000

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