Simulation is an incredibly powerful tool for AV and ADAS development, but physical testing still cannot be replaced fully, so for algorithm, sensor or data research you will probably still need a vehicle. Dataspeed has developed a full ADAS kit that can be installed in under a day. It is a complete automotive-grade hardware and software solution that allows seamless electronic control of a vehicle’s brake, throttle, steering, and shifting to enable testing for autonomous vehicle applications. The kit taps into the vehicle’s existing control system and CANbus messaging with minimal modifications to production parts and without disabling existing safety features.
The kit features an intuitive driver override system: manual control is returned when the brake or throttle is pressed, when the gear selector is used, or when the steering wheel is moved. In addition, there is a supplementary kill button. The kit can control speed, acceleration, turning radius and yaw rates through CAN, as alternatives to brake and throttle position commands and wheel angle commands.
Also included is a USB/CAN converter for use with ROS. As such, it also supports ROS nodes to the control system from a computer. Furthermore, dSpace’s blockset is supported to control the system using a MicroAutoBox. Finally, when the Dataspeed kit is turned off, the vehicle operates just as it would without it.