MSC Software, now part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has announced that it is to acquire Vires Simulationstechnologie GmbH, a software provider for the development, testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance, and active safety systems.
Vires has been building simulation environments for over 20 years, with a worldwide customer list spanning many prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers as well as recent entrants to the automotive market, to companies in the railway and aerospace industries and elite universities involved in shaping the future of mobility.
“The VIRES acquisition strengthens our CAE platform with an industry-proven solution”, says Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “It also supports our overall autonomous X vision – to deliver a software-driven, intelligent ecosystem that leverages our expertise in 3D mapping and other essential sensor technologies to make safe, autonomous vehicles a reality.”
The company’s core product, Vires Virtual Test Drive (VTD), supports a wide range of additional tools and services.
“We are just in the very early days of testing with confidence vehicles that need to reach Level 5 autonomy. There are still many challenges to be solved, much technology to be invented, and many more orders of magnitude of simulations to be performed than that what is currently being done today,” said Dominic Gallello, president & CEO of MSC Software.
“VIRES’ outstanding environmental simulation technology fits perfectly into our overall strategy of connecting the off-line, real-time, big data, and analytics technology-chain.
“With this acquisition, we will enable vehicles that are not only safe but that also retain the special driving characteristics of their brands.”