IPG Automotive Has Chosen Real-time 3D Visualization by UNIGINE for Virtual Test Driving

Jul 21, 2020

IPG Automotive, a global leader in virtual test driving technology, has partnered with UNIGINE to bring photorealistic 3D visualization into the professional simulation and training systems for autonomous vehicles, ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems), powertrain and vehicle dynamics.

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The integration of the new UNIGINE 2 rendering engine in the successor of the 3D visualization tool IPGMovie, MovieNX, enables visually even more impressive and technically advanced test scenarios. “We are very pleased to cooperate with UNIGINE, our new partner for visualization”, states Steffen Schmidt, Managing Director at IPG Automotive. “The new MovieNX emphasizes our goal: creating a digital model of the real test drive in a highly realistic and reproducible way. It is our response to the ever-growing validation efforts necessary in vehicle development, especially in the area of autonomous driving.”

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With these photorealistic 3D visualizations, simulating virtual scenarios in high resolution becomes a reality. Special weather and lighting conditions such as fog, a low sun in the sky, reflections, or artificial light in the dark can be simulated in real-time and HDR. As MovieNX becomes a regular feature of the CarMaker product family, OEMs and suppliers can test camera-based advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving functions at a whole new level, as well as train and validate algorithms based on artificial intelligence. Thanks to the openness and seamlessness of the CarMaker product family, entire camera systems can easily be integrated and reproducible tests of autonomous driving scenarios performed via corresponding interfaces.

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“IPG Automotive has identified a requirement to complement the virtual test driving product line with high-quality real-time 3D visualization, and we are pleased to aid them with the UNIGINE 2 Sim platform. It should be noted that the use of photorealistic and physically correct 3D visualization is especially important in light of the latest trends in the automotive industry - the development of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles,” said Denis Shergin, founder and CEO of UNIGINE.

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About IPG Automotive GmbH

As a global leader in virtual test driving technology, IPG Automotive develops innovative simulation solutions for vehicle development. Designed for seamless use, the software and hardware products can be applied throughout the entire development process, from proof-of-concept to validation and release. The company’s virtual prototyping technology facilitates the automotive systems engineering approach, allowing users to develop and test new systems in a virtual whole vehicle.

IPG Automotive is an expert in the field of virtual development methods for the application areas of Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS, Powertrain and Vehicle Dynamics, committed to providing support to master the growing complexity in these domains. Together with its international clients and partners, the company is pioneering simulation technology that is increasing the efficiency of development processes.

By taking real test driving into the virtual world as a complement to on-road testing, IPG Automotive contributes significantly to technical progress and shares in shaping the mobility of tomorrow with regard to comfort, safety, economic efficiency, and environmental friendliness.

In addition to the company headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, IPG Automotive provides innovative development services to its customers and partners at the national offices in Braunschweig, Frankfurt, and Munich as well as in China, France, Japan, Korea, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.


Established in 2005, UNIGINE is a global company focused on real-time 3D technologies, delivering powerful B2B and B2C solutions for simulation, visualization, scientific research, video games, virtual reality systems and more. UNIGINE has received worldwide acclaim for developing their proprietary 3D visualization system.


The company is also well-known for a series of GPU benchmarks that can be effectively used to determine the stability and performance of the PC hardware.

More than 200 companies worldwide use UNIGINE technologies to perform a wide variety of business tasks: simulation & training, digital twins, urban planning, scientific research, and engineering. Over 15 years of R&D, UNIGINE launched 170+ SDK releases and delivered its products to millions of users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Luxembourg and can be found online at unigine.com.