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Lidar Digital Twin and NVIDIA DRIVE Sim power Autonomous Driving Technology

by Pieter Werner

Cepton announced that it is collaborating with NVIDIA to add Cepton lidar models into NVIDIA DRIVE Sim. DRIVE Sim is an end-to-end simulation platform that enables large-scale, physically based multi-sensor simulation to support the development and validation of autonomous driving.

As a member of the NVIDIA DRIVE Sim ecosystem, Cepton is adding an accurate digital twin of its lidar technology to the platform. These models will help automakers and autonomous vehicle developers accelerate lidar deployment while minimizing real-world test driving.

The Cepton lidar extension offers high-fidelity simulation and visualization of Cepton’s state-of-the-art lidar sensors. Cepton is the first lidar partner to provide dual near- and long-range simulation. This capability is simulated and demonstrated in NVIDIA’s DRIVE Sim platform. The two-fold detection enables blind spot elimination (near-range Nova lidar) coupled with obstacle detection at highway speeds (long-range Vista-X series), across various true-to-life driving scenarios.

By working with NVIDIA, Cepton aims to expedite the development of lidar-based assisted and autonomous driving functionalities for global customers. DRIVE Sim enables users to easily work with Cepton’s lidar models in a virtual setting to prototype a range of sensor integration options, visualize lidar scan patterns in different environments and optimize their sensor configurations with tunable settings such as frame rate, field of view and range of interest.

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