Virtual Integration & Simulation Environment

Neya's High-Fidelity Simulation Platform

Robust virtual environments for stress testing autonomous systems

By testing and validating our autonomous systems in realistic synthetic environments, we can increase the time we spend running our software while decreasing the time we spend on the real vehicle. The Virtual Integration and Simulation Environment (VISE™) is Neya’s 3D sensors and physics simulation software that is optimized for the integration and testing of autonomous systems. Built on the Unreal Engine, VISE is fully integrated with ROS and JAUS communication paths.

Digital Replication of the Vehicle

When it comes to running a successful autonomous mission in simulation, the most important factor is that the autonomy software does not need to be reconfigured to work with the simulated vehicle.

Often, to work with a simulation, developers will create bypasses and alter system parameterizations to work with the simulator interface. This is not the case with VISE. Instead, VISE is built to digitally replicate the behaviors of vehicles by providing accurate physics responses. In addition, by simulating the hardware specific to a vehicle, such as the B-Kit, VISE also provides the same interface the vehicles provide to outside software.

In short, VISE uses the exact same commands in simulation that are used to run the system on the vehicle in the real world — no shortcuts or hacks.

VISE can support any type of vehicle--including Ackermann, differential drive, and unmanned aerial vehicles -- in any environment.

To create our accurate vehicle models, Neya has developed and integrated the Rapidly Processed and Integrated Digital Vehicles (RaPID-V) framework into both VISE and our testing software, SimMS. Using this vehicle-tuning architecture, we can take data collected from a real vehicle and run it through thousands of simulated vehicle tests, improving the model’s physics parameterization each time.

SimMS is Neya’s next-generation Simulation Management System.

Through the use of a distributed simulation architecture, SimMS enables an operator to:

Modeling the World

VISE provides a vast array of configurable landscapes for the testing and evaluation of machine learning, mission planning and robotic systems. By leveraging these simulated environments, users can safely test new capabilities across thousands of permutated scenarios before moving to field testing. VISE contains digital recreations of real-world locations as well as configurable representative environments. Partnering with the Virtual Heroes Division of ARA, we can rapidly create new, highly detailed, and realistic virtual environments.

Terrain and Feature Generations Tools (TFGT) can be leveraged to create hundreds of miles of testable landscape with complete features, such as vegetation, roads, and other environmental objects–all at runtime. VISE is configurable using the metadata contained in scenario files, allowing users to deterministically run generated environments multiple times and share their setup with the rest of the development team.

Sensor Suite

Our simulation platform supports a broad range of sensors such as LiDAR, Stereo Camera, GPS, IMU and RADAR. Every sensor in VISE is fully customizable and can be configured to fit the requirements of the project or match the behavior of a real-world sensor model. Neya has developed a Dual Return LiDAR model that can accurately represent the noise of vegetation returns.

Expandable & Customizable

VISE is built on the Epic Games Unreal Engine which allows for rapid development of new features and can be extended to work with any Unreal Engine-based plugin.

Learn more about our innovative autonomy solutions for unmanned systems.

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