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Dr. Ashley Micks, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company    


The aDRIVE Simulation Framework: Automated Driving Refined in Virtual Environments


It has become increasingly apparent that simulation will be a necessary addition to real-world testing in order to thoroughly validate vehicle features at higher levels of autonomy. Numerous suppliers and research projects have emerged in this space, and Ford has prototyped a simulation workflow that flexibly meets the needs of specific projects through the use of open source gaming engine technology. This work complements existing modeling workflows within Ford, to fill gaps required to train and test next generation algorithms.


Ashley Micks is a Technical Specialist at Ford Motor Company in Silicon Valley, whose focus is on the use of simulation for the development and testing of autonomous vehicles. She has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University, having worked on aerospace simulation and design before coming to automotive.