[robotics-worldwide] [Software] ANVEL 2.5 Autonomous Vehicle Engineering and Design M&S Software Available Now: Academic Edition Free to Qualified Researchers

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[robotics-worldwide] [Software] ANVEL 2.5 Autonomous Vehicle Engineering and Design M&S Software Available Now: Academic Edition Free to Qualified Researchers

Katelyn Davis
ANVEL 2.5 Autonomous Vehicle Engineering and Design M&S Software Available Now: Academic Edition Free to Qualified Researchers

Robotics researchers:
Quantum Signal is proud to announce a new release of the Autonomous Navigation Virtual Environment Laboratory (ANVEL), their autonomous vehicle development software for both Windows and Linux platforms. The updated ANVEL 2.5 includes a host of new features, making development and testing of autonomous vehicle software and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) easier and faster than ever before, in real-time from the computing desktop.

ANVEL is an engineering modeling and simulation tool currently used by the US DoD, military contractors, and academic researchers world-wide to develop safer, more reliable, and more robust intelligent ground vehicles.  ANVEL provides a virtual proving ground for building and testing the underlying "intelligence" and software in vehicles with autonomy, semi-autonomy, and smart driver-assistance features.  ANVEL users can quickly and easily build virtual vehicles (cars, trucks, utility vehicles, small robots, etc.); add virtual sensors (LIDAR, RADAR, GPS, inertial measurement, cameras); attach algorithmic software "intelligence;" place the complete system in a virtual environment of any type; and perform simulated driving and testing.

This virtualized vehicle playground assists engineers in understanding system performance under circumstances both ordinary and unusual, by allowing for repeated, reliable, safe testing, and iterative refinements of autonomy software before utilization in actual vehicle operation.  Researchers building ADAS modules, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, teleoperated robots, and more are using ANVEL to smooth the development process, reducing the time between concept and well-vetted product.

Highly visual and completely interactive, ANVEL software is currently facilitating a wide range of programs, including major US Army robotics efforts such as the Common Robotic System Individual (CRSI); the Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS); the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) that enabled recent tests on the Michigan I-69 corridor; and the Autonomous Ground Resupply (AGR) program.  In addition, ANVEL is used in well-known academic institutions, such as the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many more.

Enhancements and New Features

  *   The rendering engine is updated to OGRE 1.10 to provide improved rendering performance.
  *   The physics engine is updated to ODE 0.15 to provide improved physics simulation performance.
  *   A new spline-based pathing option automatically adds curvature to placed paths and supports arbitrary paths in 3D space.
  *   The redesigned asset user interface contains new vehicles (such as a semi-truck), assets, and searching and tagging features for easier navigation. Users can designate favorite assets and conceal rarely used assets.
  *   An experimental Python scripting component allows for Python scripts to be associated with ANVEL objects.

Versions and Availability
Three versions of ANVEL 2.5 are immediately available to qualified end users: ANVEL Government (intended for use by US Government and its allies); ANVEL Academic (intended for use by university students and researchers); and ANVEL Commercial (intended for use by industry).  ANVEL Academic is available free of charge to academic researchers at qualified institutions.

Website, Support, and Service Options
An integral part of support for ANVEL 2.5 is a dedicated new ANVEL website (www.anvelsim.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.anvelsim.com&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=JuTOBcIoU2wbQTzglIaL3pHnhROQB6DA-_4nm5v9tjY&s=jmrGZ4s9GZ1Bf-hKvvRXi606fCLgZsIh_10hjwPW0jw&e=>), where users can share models of vehicles, sensors, environments, and more, further broadening community connections and providing resources to those leveraging ANVEL 2.5.  Support forums provide open access where questions are posted and answers received from other expert users and developers.

In addition to the free support option, Quantum Signal offers short and long-term support fee-based options to meet the differing needs of ANVEL 2.5 users.  Short term support options include low cost "micro-packages" that provide direct, expert help.  Long-term support includes yearly SLA packages intended to handle long-term, more complex issues.

For users requiring more direct assistance, Quantum Signal's experienced ANVEL 2.5 internal services team is available to assist on any size projects.  This service, which can be flexibly contracted according to the needs of the program, helps users fully leverage ANVEL 2.5 and quickly jump-start their application and bring it to fruition.

For more information, visit the ANVEL website - www.anvelsim.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.anvelsim.com&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=JuTOBcIoU2wbQTzglIaL3pHnhROQB6DA-_4nm5v9tjY&s=jmrGZ4s9GZ1Bf-hKvvRXi606fCLgZsIh_10hjwPW0jw&e=> - or contact QS at (734) 429 - 9100.

For more information on ANVEL or this press release, please contact QS' CEO Mitch Rohde at 734-429-9100 x11 or email at [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>.

Thank you,

Katelyn Davis
Technical Writer/Editor
Quantum Signal, LLC

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