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Using CFD and AI to Help Increase the Safety of Driverless Cars

Posted By: Andrea Alvarado
Date:Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 8:54 p.m.

FORT WORTH, TX (11 July 2019) – Pointwise published the case study, “Using CFD to Help Increase the Safety of Driverless Cars” which is based on research done at Cranfield University. The research is the first numerical study of its kind provides basis for future CFD studies and ongoing development of AI for autonomous vehicles.

There are many hurdles to clear before driverless cars can be used safely by the general public. One challenge is to provide the artificial intelligence needed to teach driverless cars how to respond safely to changing conditions on the road. To do this, engineers must thoroughly understand how road conditions and variables such as the number, type, and distance of other vehicles on the road affect the aerodynamics surrounding a driverless car. It is estimated that 94 percent of all serious car crashes in the United States are caused by driver error. Teaching these driverless cars to position themselves on the road in areas with less drag will help increase fuel efficiency, travel time, and stability. Ultimately, it should lead to fewer serious accidents.

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Pointwise, Inc.[] is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as ANSYS FLUENT®, STAR-CCM+®, OpenFOAM®, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide have relied on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution since 1994.

Cranfield University has been a Pointwise customer for over twenty years and was Pointwise’s first customer in the United Kingdom. As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, with world-class expertise, large-scale facilities, and unrivalled industry partnerships Cranfield is helping to create leaders in technology and management globally. The university is located about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of London near the town of Milton Keynes.

Pointwise is a registered trademark of Pointwise, Inc. in the USA and the EU. Pointwise Glyph, T-Rex and Let's Talk Meshing are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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Andrea Alvarado


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