Simulation Framework for Autonomous Vehicles

Project Team Members: Luigi Pannocchi (PI), Carmelo Di Franco, Mauro Marinoni

Given the increasing complexity of autonomous aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones, it is crucial to develop the related control software using appropriate tools that allow testing the applications on realistic virtual environements, in order to avoid crashes due to software errors and discover potential problems before the actual deployment.

At the Retis Laboratory we developed a simulation framework aimed at supporting the development and testing of UAV applications. The framework allows integrating different existing components (e.g. ground station, control platform, AUV modeling, graphic engine), providing support for real-time communication, hardware in the loop, multi-vehicle coordination, and virtual sensors for developing feeback control loops in the virtual enviroment.

The project is available here on the ReTiS GitLab server.