As vehicles get more complex, with a proliferation of sensors, software, communications and new vendors in the supply chain, the testing, validation, and simulation tools and requirements have to keep up. The result is a large opportunity for new technologies and entrepreneurs to fill the gap. Come discover innovation in testing and simulation and meet the startups who are supporting the shift to autonomous driving at this month’s Autotech Council meeting.
Silicon Valley, California, August 19, 2022/Meeting Recap/ As vehicles get more complex, electrify, and begin self-driving we are seeing a commensurate proliferation of sensors, software, communications, and new vendors in the supply chain. Automobiles have always had a long development cycle with extensive testing and compliance. Modern technologies, such as advanced ADAS systems, connected cars, complex infotainment consoles, sensors, etc. have only increased the amount of testing that a car must undergo in design, as part of model-based development (MBD), and as each unit rolls off the line. As a result, the testing, validation, and simulation tools and requirements must keep up.
At the same time, the ability to do testing in software and virtual environments enables an explosion of potential for testing in simulation, not only the real world. Blended tests with Hardware in the Loop, but simulated inputs blur the lines between software and hardware testing, but the net result is safer equipment and costs saved in proving performance.
Out of this void emerges a large opportunity for new technologies and entrepreneurs to fill the gap. Our meeting featured speakers and panelists from last mile robotic delivery, eVTOL, autonomy, cartography, sensors, data, inspection, virtual prototyping, and more. As our panel concluded, testing must be a continuous process inserted through the product life-cycle, starting from product conception through post-sales maintenance. Agile development with short feedback loops can keep development on track towards products the consumer wants, that deliver on safety, reliability, and performance.
A great thanks to our hosts at Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation center, A3 (A cubed). And thanks to our demo tables, Nagra / Kudelski Group, dSPACE, Chex.AI, and Eskube Srl. And thanks to all our Rapid Fire presenters, whose presentations can now be accessed in our Member Library.