ARA’s Neya Systems, CARLA Collaborate to Update Open-Source Simulator to Unreal Engine 5 

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) a leading provider of off-road autonomy, open architecture, and mission planning software announced that its Neya Systems Division has entered into an agreement with Embodied AI Foundation to update the CARLA simulator, an open-source simulator for autonomous driving research, to Unreal Engine 5, a powerful and widely used game development engine created by Epic Games. Updating CARLA to Unreal Engine 5 is needed to support ARA’s development of the Virtual Testbed for the DARPA Triage Challenge

CARLA, which was developed by the Computer Vision Center (CVC) in Spain and the Embodied AI Foundation in California, provides a realistic simulation environment that allows researchers and developers to test and train autonomous driving algorithms in a safe and controlled virtual environment.  Neya leverages the CARLA framework for stress testing the autonomy and control of its offroad vehicles in a virtual environment before moving to field testing. 

Read more about CARLA here.

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Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and innovative solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 2,000 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.