Why Simulation Is Critical to Success in Developing Autonomous Systems

Created: July 27, 2017
Updated: March 20, 2020

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Simulation-driven design is essential to ensuring that autonomous systems will operate without error once in the hands of consumers. By illustrating how Best-in-Class firms are implementing simulations throughout the design and testing process and discussing this in terms of autonomous systems such as vehicles, drones, and robots, these findings underscore the necessity of simulations in this innovative new field.

Key findings include:

  1. The challenge of autonomous systems is their complexity according to 37% of respondents.

  2. To cope with the complexity, simulation usage among the Best-in-Class has risen from 75% to 87% from 2014 to 2016.

  3. Best-in-Class firms are 56% more likely to meet their product launch goals compared to all others.

  4. Best-in-Class firms are 25% more likely to hit product quality targets upon design release compared to all others.

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