The Integrated Vehicle Safety Laboratory in Helmond offers a Hardware in the loop environment that makes use of simulators and hardware to emulate the real behaviour of sensors and actuators of vehicles on the road. The Lab gives the opportunity to scientists to develop, train, test and integrate AI applications on the automotive field.


TNO has unique automotive expertise, tools and facilities for the development of high level and low level control software for safety related applications. In the last years, AI has become the key enabler for autonomous driving applications, such as prediction of road user behaviour, situational awareness, decision making, anomaly detection. The Hardware in the loop (HIL) laboratory in Helmond allows to develop, integrate and test these applications in a controlled closed loop with the emulation of sensors and actuators. The environment around the embedded system is emulated by the simulator software.


The HIL laboratory is equipped with 3 vehicles in a virtual environment that responds to the control inputs given by the driver, hardware or software. A user can manually provide the control input. One is through the steering wheel, through pedals and through the Human Machine Interface (HMI). The behaviour of the vehicles in the virtual environment can be simulated by Gazebo, LGSVL and Carla. LGSVL and Carla are especially designed to train and test AI software for autonomous driving. Demonstrators for AI-based cut-in prediction are already present physically in the HIL lab. In the next months also a demo for the Situation awareness for Automated Shuttles project will be available.

Point of contact

For more information, you can contact Frank Benders, Principal Systems Engineer, TNO, e-mail: