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Training for the evaluation of automotive sensors with Ibeo lidar data

For its MotionS Lab, Flanders Make has recently equipped a passenger car with an Ibeo LiDAR system which is used for the evaluation of different perception sensors and software applications. To put the Ibeo LiDAR sensor system into operation and to learn how to use the associated software, an engineer from Ibeo Automotive Systems came to Flanders Make’s location at Lommel for a two-day onsite training.

The six Ibeo’s LiDAR sensors are able to generate a 360° field of view around the vehicle when mounted around the car at bumper-height to detect dynamic and static objects in real time. In a later offline processing stage, ground truth reference is created to evaluate and assess third party sensors.

Flanders Make has integrated the Ibeo system in a converted full electric Range Rover Evoque vehicle together with other sensors and software applications to make test drives and later evaluate the third party data by comparing them with the Ibeo reference data. The Range Rover Evoque has been converted in the framework of the MDAVD project (Multi Drivetrain Autonomous Vehicle Demonstrator) as a test vehicle for different technologies (hardware and software) for autonomous driving.  Due to the openness of the demonstrator it is possible to test different hardware and software parts in the entire autonomous chain or to test a complete autonomous system in once. The result will be an open platform as well in hardware as in software which opens lots of research possibilities and which assures current and future knowledge retention by building further on the results of previous projects.

To be able to fully exploit all functionalities of the Ibeo products, Flanders Make made use of the Ibeo OnSite Support, a two-day training with an Ibeo engineer based on the customer’s special needs and use cases.

On the first day, most of the training took place in the garage preparing the car for configuration and calibration. During these preparations, the Flanders Make engineers gained valuable hints on finding the right mounting positions and angles. The calibration itself took place outside the garage on a flat surface to receive the most accurate calibration results.

The second day also started outside with a simulation of traffic scenarios with cars, bikes, pedestrians, and a motorbike to check the calibration results on the one hand and to collect first test data for the subsequent software training. During the software training, the Flanders Make researchers learned how to post-process the data from the test drive in the software tool ibeo Evaluation Suite to receive the accurate reference data. Moreover, the visualization tool ibeo Laser View as well as the ibeo C++ SDK for data analysis and handling were presented.

To sum up, the training was very beneficial as the Flanders Make engineers gained valuable insights to take full advantage of the Ibeo products for their specific use case.