For more than 25 years iMAR is a leading company providing strapdown inertial reference systems for testing automotive driver-assistance systems and for driver comfort testing on highest and most durable performance level.
The introduction of highly and fully automated vehicles (i.e. from "hands off" up to SAE level 5 "optional wheel") requires extended testing, verification and homologation methods for the vehicles.
iMAR provides the required solution with iSWACO-ARGUS, enabling the user to perform fail-safe repeatable scenarios with up to 100+ moving objects (1 or more Vehicles under Test / VUT, several Traffic Simulation Vehicles / TSV and several Soft Crash Targets / SCT) on his proving ground.
Hence, iSWACO-ARGUS, which stays for "Swarm Control & Continuous Surveillance", is the unique toolchain for vehicle testing purposes specially designed to cover today's challenging requirements - including INS/GNSS based localization and control of all vehicles on sub-decimeter level, RF communication between all vehicles and the central mobile control center, data analysis as well as trajectory and scenario planning software to plan, simulate and execute complex perfectly emulated traffic scenarios on the proving ground, including operation of traffic lights, traffic signs or rain simulators etc.
All together, iSWACO-ARGUS enables the OEMS as well as the testing organizations to carry out the type approval or homologation for automated and autonomous vehicles, to test the VUT under probably all environmental conditions in real Traffic Scenarios now and in the future, up to SAE Level 5.
iSWACO-ARGUS: Video with complex conditional lane change traffic scenario (driverless driven iTSV-KIA-NIRO by iMAR technology without any need of any steering robot) on proving ground Zweibrücken / Germany 6/2018 according to the PEGASUS requirements (7:10)
iSWACO-ARGUS: Video of operation with testing scenarios of traffic jam and a lane change (driverless driven TSV by iMAR technology without any need of any steering robot) on proving ground Pferdsfeld / Germany with TÜV-Süd Auto-Service GmbH and Volkswagen AG in 10/2017 (6:45)
iXCOM-CMD: Video of monitoring a lane change (driverless driven by iMAR's iSWACO-ARGUS setup without any steering robot) on proving ground Pferdsfeld / Germany with TÜV-Süd Auto-Service GmbH and Volkswagen AG in 10/2017 (1:47)
Note: The above mentioned development activities are partially based upon governmental funding within the project PEGASUS by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, where iMAR Navigation had been invited to participate and to contribute it's deep know-how and knowledge in automotive testing with inertial, GNSS and stereo vision based sensor technologies. See the following link for details: