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January 12, 2021

VIRTUAL CES: Morai shows autonomous vehicle simulator

Morai, a start-up developing simulators for autonomous vehicles, will showcase new features and innovations for its products at this year's digital CES 2021.

By Rhodri Morgan

Morai, a start-up developing simulators for autonomous vehicles, will showcase new features and innovations for its products at this year’s digital CES 2021.

Morai’s autonomous vehicle (AV) simulation solution, by recreating roads, sensors, and even vehicles within a virtual 3D simulation environment, allows users to test how their algorithms and software will react to difficult or dangerous scenarios without risk to drivers or other vehicles.

Simulation also grants full control of the scene to the test operator, enabling tests for drastic, diverse weather conditions and edge cases not commonly seen while driving.

One of the features to be highlighted at CES 2021 is data-based scenario creation, where pre-recorded traffic data for a specific region can be used to recreate a test scenario identical to the recorded data. Instead of relying on the user to create test cases manually, real-world data can be used directly to enhance scenario realism and accuracy.

Real-world data is also key to building Morai’s simulation environments, based on a combination of detailed geospatial map data and satellite imagery. Simulation environments can range from single city blocks or small highway segments to entire city districts.

Morai’s development of its core technologies and AV simulator helped the company raise around US$2m in Series A funding last November. Now, Morai plans to grow its network of more than 50 different partners and clients internationally.

“Last year’s CES was a valuable experience that helped to introduce our products and technology to a global audience,” said co-founder and CEO, Jiwon Jung.

“We hope during CES 2021, we can show how much Morai’s core simulation has matured and connect with leaders within not just the AV industry, but from the automotive and tech industries as well.”

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