SPIDER – a mobile platform for fast, flexible reproducible ADAS or sensor tests


When people hear the word “spider”, they might think about a hairy, sometimes even creepy animal. Well, this one isn’t. SPIDER stands for “Smart Physical Demonstration and Evaluation Robot” – and is a mobile Hardware-in-the-Loop (Mobile HiL) platform for the development and testing of autonomous driving functions. It allows reproducible testing of perception systems, vehicle software and control algorithms under real world conditions. The main features of the SPIDER are highly dynamic omni-directional movement, a robust and splash-water proof design, extensibility, and the provision of power and data interfaces, allowing to control its movements within a built-in safety framework.

The SPIDER can move in any direction in any given angle and even rotate. The flexible driving capabilities allow to execute a wide range of driving scenarios, which are not possible with cars. The platform uses four high-power electrical motors, that can accelerate its 380kg up to its top speed of 50km/h, thus allowing to perform all kinds of urban driving scenarios. This vehicle is built for action: by using indoor and outdoor systems, it can operate even in harsh test environments or within buildings. In our new video, you can catch a glimpse of our SPIDER and some of its main features during a test run.

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Key Features

Spider Key Features

Mobile Platform for the Development and Testing of Autonomous Driving Functions

Testing Decision Making Algorithms

  • Software testing
  • Autoware, Apollo and embedded software
  • Safety is ensured by SPIDER

Testing Perceptions Systems

  • Verification and validation of sensor setups
  • Benchmarking of sensor configurations
  • Mounting positions, weather dependencies

Testing Control Systems

  • External control of SPIDER possible

Offering Test Support

Unique Test Scenarios

• Development of tailor-made test scenarios in close cooperation with customer‘s needs
• Definition of use case, target driving area and contained situations

Simulated Target Vehicle

• Creation and setup of simulated target vehicle
• Integration of sensor, hardware and software on SPIDER

Proving Grounds

• Multiple proving grounds available
• Test targets like vehicles and pedestrians available
• Mobile platforms for moving targets available

Testing on Target Driving Area

• Performing tests on target driving area (if legally allowed)
• We are developing the test approval process for Austria

Target Vehicle Imitation

Matching Sensor Position

Matching Sensor Position SPIDER
  • Sensors of target vehicle are mounted at same position on SPIDER

Identical Driving Behaviour

SPider Trajectory
  • SPIDER matches driven trajectory to target vehicle
  • Omni-directional driving capabilities
  • Requires independent steering of each wheel
  • Safety of test drive is ensured by SPIDER
  • Provision of collision avoidance function
  • Testing of early stage software

Same Hardware and Software

HiL Spider
  • SPIDER carries target hardware and software
  • Driving commands are passed to SPIDER

Booking & Contact

  • Mobile HiL Platform
  • Provision of power and data interfaces for extensions
  • Robust and splash-water proof
  • Safety ensured

…for fast, flexible and reproducible tests

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Inffeldgasse 21a
8010 Graz | Austria
Dr. Christian Schwarzl
Tel.: +43 316 873 9616
eMail: christian.schwarzl@v2c2.at

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ALP.Lab Gmbh

Inffeldgasse 25f/5
8010 Graz | Austria
Tel.: +43 316 873 32941
eMail: office@alp-lab.at