LG and Unity collaborate on autonomous vehicle simulation

Sep 26, 2019 | News

LGSVL Simulator logo and an autonomous car on the road

LG Electronics (LG) is developing an advanced simulation software that facilitates testing and development of autonomous driving software systems. The LGSVL Simulator, named after its developer team – the Advanced Platform Lab at the LG Electronics America R&D Center (formerly the LG Silicon Valley Lab), is fully integrated with Apollo Open Platform (Baidu) and Autoware (The Autoware Foundation) as well as ROS/ROS2. The simulator not only delivers an out-of-the-box experience for developers working with such platforms, but also enables developers to log billions of miles and edge case scenarios to expedite development and integration of autonomous driving systems.

The LGSVL Simulator engineers teams up with machine learning experts at Unity Technologies to accelerate simulation software development for safer autonomous driving cars. The collaboration of LGSVL Simulator on Unity Simulation leverages LG’s AI leadership and expertise as a leading technology partner to the global automotive industry, combined with complementary skills of Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform.

According to Danny Lange, Unity Technologies vice president of AI and Machine Learning, “Unity Simulation enables the running of multiple instances of a Unity product at scale, lowering the barrier to train, test or validate new products and services in a high-fidelity 3D environment. Computer-vision-oriented applications for the automotive industry are particularly compelling.”

Seonman Kim, vice president of engineering in LG’s Advanced Platform Lab in Silicon Valley, said: “Unity’s confidence in the LGSVL Simulator for the development of safe and robust autonomous driving is a clear indicator that this is a win-win partnership from the start. We look forward to exploring with Unity new opportunities to bring our respective technologies to the automotive market.”

“By using some of the latest advancements in Unity, including parts of the Data-Oriented Tech Stack and the High-Definition Render Pipeline, our LGSVL Simulator is able to create digital twins of real-world environments with accurate sensor models to train autonomous vehicles across multiple scenarios,” said Kim.

The collaboration between the two companies in advanced simulation is expected to greatly benefit the automotive industry as it moves toward a self-driving future. Autonomous vehicle developers running the LGSVL Simulator on Unity Simulation will be able to dramatically accelerate the training of their systems by running multiple scenarios in parallel.

Training and validating an autonomous vehicle is a prime example of how a virtual environment can dramatically reduce the risk for both the car and those around it, allowing businesses to stress-test systems before they are put on the road. The LGSVL Simulator combines LG-developed technologies with Unity’s High-Definition Render Pipeline to enable testing and training for safer operation of autonomous vehicles.

Open source LGSVL Autonomous Vehicle Simulator was presented during Unite Copenhagen 2019 Keynote by Danny Lange, VP AI & Machine Learning, Unity.