Managing Editor of Future Vehicle magazine, Steve Welch, interviewed Mike Dempsey, Managing Director of Claytex prior to the LCV2019 exhibition.
Claytex, experts in the provision of modelling and simulation expertise to the transport industry, has continued to develop its business in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) space.
As autonomous passenger cars move closer to being a mass market reality, concerns around the safety and validation of such vehicles becomes an ever more pressing concern. Claytex, a company that is expert in the provision of modelling and simulation expertise to the transport industry, has – over the last twelve months – continued to develop its business in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) space.
The company, the head office of which is in Leamington Spa, is part of a partnership collaborating on ‘StreetWise’, an Innovate UK sponsored project that aims to develop and demonstrate the technology and safety validation methods required if autonomous cars are to replace conventional vehicles on urban streets. The project, led by autonomous driving software specialists FiveAI, is scheduled to complete in 2020 when, it is hoped, StreetWise will be able to provide a blueprint for CAV certification and safety standards in the UK and further afield.
In addition to working in the virtual environment, as part of the StreetWise project Claytex is conducting physical testing of the sensors in order to build a database of data exploring the correlation between weather conditions and sensor performance. “How, for example, does a sensor respond – or its capabilities degrade – to different levels of rainfall?” asks Dempsey. “We are trying to build up a database of different weather conditions to understand their impact on sensor performance. That involves going out in not wonderful conditions – sunshine, rain, sleet, snow, and fog – and performing the same set of tests so we can start to build up those correlations.”
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