NI Acquires monoDrive, Partners With Ansys to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Development


With monoDrive’s acquisition, NI will now enable vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to accelerate the shift to self-driving vehicles

US-based automated test and measurement solutions provider NI announced that it has acquired monoDrive, a ultra-high fidelity simulation software provider for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle development. The company said that the acquisition expands NI’s reach in the ADAS and simulation markets and will enable NI’s transportation customers to accelerate the development, test, and deployment of safer autonomous systems.

NI said that it will leverage monoDrive’s expertise in signal processing and advanced simulation to help customers accelerate the delivery of ADAS through high fidelity driving environments capable of modelling numerous sensors and thousands of real-time scenarios. 

This approach combined with NI’s software-connected systems will help transportation customers streamline the transitions between simulation, lab-based and physical testing environments. In doing so, NI will now enable vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to accelerate the shift to self-driving vehicles.

Chad Chesney, NI Vice President and General Manager of the transportation business unit said, “The combination of monoDrive’s advanced software and NI’s strong position in ADAS will enable smooth transitions across our customer’s software validation workflows. This, in turn, delivers greater test efficiency, coverage and more realistic testing scenarios to help automotive manufacturers get safe and reliable autonomous vehicles on the road faster.”

“Over the past five years, monoDrive has achieved a leadership position in vehicle simulation. We believe the combination of NI and monoDrive products will help our customers accelerate their goal of deploying safer vehicles,” said Celite Milbrandt, CEO of monoDrive. 

Collaboration With Ansys

In conjunction with this acquisition, NI also announced a strategic collaboration with Ansys, the global leader in engineering simulation. Together, NI and Ansys will help solve the complex challenge of recreating real-world simulation to validate sensors and inject data into software and hardware under test in real-time. 

This shared focus will provide customers with critical insights into how products will perform in the market by bridging the worlds of simulated and physical test with more precise outcomes, said the company.  

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Zack, VP Corporate Development and Global Partnerships at Ansys. “Combining Ansys’ physics-based sensor simulation solutions with NI’s driving simulation and testing infrastructure will enable mutual customers to more quickly develop safer ADAS technology.”


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