Constellation is a cloud-based platform that allows Nvidia partners to integrate their own strategies, vehicle models, sensor configurations and traffic scenarios into test parameters.
The simulation offers companies the opportunity to run test cases all day long. According to Shapiro, who drove all day at 60 miles, 1,000 Constellation vehicles could accumulate 1.2 million miles of simulated driving a day.
Waymo, the commercial product of Google's self-driving car project, launched a decade ago, has made simulation a cornerstone of its testing and validation strategy. While the company's vehicles have traveled more than 10 million kilometers in the real world, the company has logged 7 billion miles of simulated miles, according to its latest data.
The constellation of Nvidia relies on two servers that allow the company to perform "hardware in the loop" tests. In other words, a server simulates the sensor outputs from a virtual car, while the second, running the company's AGX Drive computer, analyzes the simulated sensor data.
In addition to allowing self-propelled vehicle manufacturers to quickly engrave miles, the simulation offers them the opportunity to avoid the need for expensive fleets of standalone test cars that can be numbered in the hundreds.
"Simulation is so essential for us," said Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia. during the keynote speech on Monday. "In the future, instead of having thousands of autonomous vehicle test cars, you will have thousands of these systems, they are much more programmable and we can create and recreate conditions that you could not otherwise. "