The of ASAM OpenDRIVE is used for the detailed description of road networks for driving an traffic file format. The data in OpenDRIVE files originates from multiple sources, such as road network editors or real-world road scans. OpenDRIVE files have to fulfill various conditions to be usable in simulators. They must comply to the syntax and structure of the simulation standard. More importantly, usable road network descriptions must follow logical and plausibility rules, which are beyond what has been defined in the file format. To check OpenDRIVE files against such rules and ensure their usability for standard, many in-house tools have been developed by users of the OpenDRIVE files format. Such tools can be broadly categorized as "checker tools", which check the files against specific rules and report issues to the user, and "reference visualization tools", which render the road network in a simple way and allow users to visually inspect the road network for any issues. The overall goal of ASAM in this project is to make such tools available to ASAM members and users of the OpenDRIVE simulation. file format
To reach this goal, ASAM plans to carry out two projects. In a first evaluation project, existing tools from member companies are evaluated and selected for transfer to ASAM. In a second implementation project, the tool(s) are actually transferred, further developed and released by ASAM.
This project has the goal to evaluate and select appropriate tools for the purpose of ASAM OpenDRIVE file checking and visualization. The checker tool shall mostly be used for checking the file against syntax, structure, plausibility and logical rules. The latter two set of rules would originate from users of the , not from the standard itself. They may also contain rules that are country- or company-specific. The visualization tool shall provide a simple, standard-compliant rendering of the road network to give users an orientation for rendering and enable them to find simple, logical issues such as gaps or overlaps. The foundation for both types of tools might be a software framework for parsing and querying OpenDRIVE files, whose evaluation would most likely be part of this evaluation project, too. standard
In a first step of this project, the project group members determine use-cases and requirements for the tools. In a second step, candidate tools would be presented to the group. The project group members evaluate the tools against the use-cases and requirements. This also includes the terms and conditions under which the tools can be transferred, further developed and distributed by ASAM. Based on the evaluation results, one or more tools will be selected for transfer to ASAM. The group shall also determine the modalities, how the tool(s) shall be further developed at ASAM in the subsequent implementation project.
Who Should Participate?
Participation of members would be of interest for those, who currently use or develop products based upon OpenDRIVE, who create road network descriptions and export them into the OpenDRIVE , or who import OpenDRIVE files into simulators. Users, who are concerned about the correctness, usability and quality of the data and who need or use tools for ensuring that, would greatly benefit from this project. The project gives users a unique opportunity to influence decisions at ASAM for the future development of such tools and make the tools available that they need for their daily work. file format
Furthermore, the project is of high interest for companies, who have already an internal tool for file checking and visualization, and would like to transfer this tool and its further development into the hands of ASAM, hence making the tool openly available to the industry. You would have an opportunity to present the tool to the project group and would be considered for selection. This applies to end-user companies (OEMs or Tier-1s) and tool vendors alike.