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Autonomy Safety Testing Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: W56HZV-15-C-0171
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1555
Amount: $999,934.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD14.1-AU4
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-24
Small Business Information
One Mifflin Place Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James English
 (888) 547-4100
Business Contact
 James Bacon
Phone: (888) 547-4100
Research Institution

Recent advancements in sensor simulation tools [2] have improved our ability to model radar, lidar, camera, and GPS with software/hardware in the loop. Of course, our ability to model the physics of heavy trucks [3] is quite mature as well. To address the challenge of developing the STE, we will provide our autonomy algorithms as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). The focus of this topic is: 1) to build an environment that mirrors actual test data to provide a departure point for Monte Carlo simulations. 2) research the failure modes for autonomy algorithms within the capabilities of current sensor models and 3) simulate the corner cases that would exercise these failure modes. This topic is not focused on improving physics-based simulation of heavy trucks or building better sensor models. Neither do we seek to develop new algorithms for autonomous behavior, but rather to leverage existing GFE autonomy algorithms to study the open research question of how we can test these algorithms in simulation, and certify that they are safe to the fullest extent possible within current simulation environments.

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