SCANeR Studio is a well-established integrated solution on the market. From the variety of modules, examples etc. you clearly see that it encompasses many years of experience, many deployments, and the coverage of a large number of use cases. It is also clear that interactive driver-in-the-loop (DiL) simulation is at the roots of this product and left its mark on the real-time capabilities.
Overall, the product can be considered complete in terms of its functionality. This bonus tends to become somewhat of a burden if not all features make it into the integrated GUI and if the number of modules and their inter-dependencies grow continuously.
For users who want to get started and create their first scenarios, the product’s GUI is a big help. The line between SCENARIO and SIMULATION mode, though, seems a bit blurred. For actual deployment of an installation, it appears that some expertise is needed to get everything configured correctly and to get modules operate as desired (but nobody claims that this is, in itself, an easy task at all).
The traffic module provides a good means to create situations that encompass participants of various types. Passenger and commercial vehicles with and without trailers are available as well as various pedestrians and animals. All entities move in quite intelligent fashion within the road network. More complex behavior or dedicated actions may be scripted using either a Python interface or the custom MICE script language which comes with an editing means within the GUI.
Parametric scenarios and cloud deployment provide a good basis for the exploration of event spaces. The lack of a higher-level scenario language (see, for example, the upcoming ASAM OpenSCENARIO 2.0 standard) and of a full orchestration of cloud operation leaves some room for productivity gain in the future.
The sensors of the base product are good in terms of camera features and somewhat more basic in terms of LiDAR and RADAR implementation. With various add-ons (available only to licensed parties), the user may upgrade to fully physics-based sensor simulation which also takes material properties into account and provides a high level of granularity (note: our actual tests were executed on the sensor models of the base product; the features of the physics-based sensors have been cross-checked in a series of interviews with the product management). Overall, the coverage of sensor types (perfect, camera, LiDAR, RADAR, infrared, ultrasonic, map, GPS) looks rather good.
The URenderer (in beta state at the time of our tests), based on Unreal, will be a welcome extension of the product and will definitely improve the standing of the camera-based sensor capabilities in the core product. On the other hand, it creates a dependency to a 3rd party component.
There is, as with all other tools, definitely room for improvement; but with a rating of 3.6 at the time of publication (November 2021), SCANeR Studio is the best rated “integrated solution” yet in our database.
This result is also reflected by the fact that all relevant use cases may be addressed with the tool:
Features that have not been rated
- algorithm development for ADAS/AD controllers
- simulation for planning and control (object lists)
- driver- and hardware-in-the-loop testing under real-time conditions
- verification and validation of ADAS/AD systems
- creation of training data sets for perception systems
- realistic sensor raw data generation and injection across all wavelengths
Our rating system does not claim to be 100 percent complete, and we always try to find a common denominator for tools of similar product category. Tools may, however, provide more features than we are currently rating and comparing (we may include them in future version of our criteria catalogue).
- import and application of IES light distributions for the simulation of realistic headlights
- light sensor for the determination of incident light at a given point in the scene
- cockpit / instrument simulation