Environment Databases

Environment databases in the product hierarchy
Figure: Product categories

Environment databases provide the virtual environments “where stuff happens”. They determine what actions can be performed by traffic simulation solutions, what properties sensors will be able to detect and which geo-locations of the real world your systems can be exposed to before actually getting there. On this page, we rate individual databases in terms of their fitness for different use cases.

We consider environment databases in our ratings if they provide at minimum the following features:

  • 3d geometry model
  • logics model
  • material model


The rating criteria for Environment Databases can be found on our Rating Policies page.

Overview of Rated Environment Databases

We tested the following databases (click on name to go to the detailed rating information):

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The Ratings

BME ZalaZone Proving Ground

ZalaZone Database
3.3 / 5 Reviewer
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Data Quality4
Logics Model3.5
Road Surface Model1
Material Model2.5
3d Model3
Data Formats4
  • Open source model, free-of-charge
  • Data sets for the most relevant standards available
  • Additional data sets for relevant simulation applications available
  • Documentation per data set; includes information about accuracy, limitations etc.
  • Model contains areas for handling and ADAS/AD testing
  • Material model not clear; seems to be based on textures only and seems not to cover the whole spectrum
  • Road surface data (i.e. OpenCRG) missing
  • Each model seems to have some (well documented) known issues or limitations
  • Surroundings and/or ground besides the roads not included in each model
  • Documentation is quite fragmented; a summary document (PDF) would be a good idea
This is one of the first publicly available, highly accurate (2cm) models of an actual proving ground in Europe that is in use for ADAS and AD testing. The model comes in various formats, covering the most prominent standards. In addition, the most relevant simulation tools can be operated out-of-the-box.
The model may be used from the very beginning of system development in SiL/MiL environments up to the real-world testing on the actual proving ground in ViL environments. The use cases DiL and HiL may also be covered, so that the whole V-Cycle of system development seems to benefit from this database.
A complete 3d model including details of surface elevation as well as other infrastructure would be a nice extension in a future version. From the documentation, it is good to see that the model is being maintained.
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