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Automotive Industry

dSPACE systems are being used successfully at international automotive customers for developing and testing embedded electronics.

Aerospace Industry

dSPACE products are used in a wide range of aerospace application fields, such as engine control development and tests on control devices.

Commercial & Off-Highway Vehicles

Embedded software development for commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses, and off-highway vehicles

Electric Drives Application

dSPACE offers various solutions for electric drive projects

Medical Engineering

Control development for medical applications 


dSPACE offers universities and research institutes flexible systems with all the options needed for the model-based development of mechatronic controls. 

Other Fields

Whatever your field - whether you develop control applications for medicine, robotics, drives, or any others - dSPACE offers you a seamless tool chain for control development

System Architecture

Easier and faster development of large and complex ECU systems with dSPACE SystemDesk

Model Based Control Design

Shorter development times in an integrated environment

Rapid Control Prototyping

Accelerated function prototyping for ECU development

Rapid Control Prototyping

Test and optimize your control functions quickly and reliably in real time with dSPACE prototyping systems

ECU Autocoding

High-quality, standardized code - generated with a production code generator

Automatic Production Code Generation

TargetLink® is the automatic production code generator from dSPACE which translates models created in the MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow development environment directly into efficient code. 

ECU Autocoding

 High-quality, standardized code - generated with a production code generator

HIL Testing

Test ECUs with hardware-in-the-loop simulation

Virtual Validation

Early validation of ECU software by testing virtual ECUs

Data Management SYNECT helps engineers handle models, signals, parameters, tests, test results dSPACE Engineering Services

Dedicated assistance for all development phases.

Honda Aircraft: First Flight in Real Time

Automated avionics tests with dSPACE simulators

BMW: Always the Right Model

HIL pilot project for exchanging submodels based on FMI

Porsche: Dynamic Models Vehicle dynamics are the showpiece of car manufacturing. Continental: Synchronously Asynchronous

Continental’s new belt-driven starter generator uses not only the 48 V vehicle electrical system but also an asynchronous machine as the electric motor and generator – a novelty.

AST: Developing Intelligent Assistants Consistent model-based development of driver assistance functions for various platforms Airbus: HOMER Take-Off

Multifunctional prototype for future space vehicles

Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Smooth and e-fficient

Electric wedge clutch for smoother shifts

Hamburg University of Technology: Flying to the Limits

Professional platform for developing new autopilot functions for staying within the flying range

University of Queensland: Virtual Blood Vessels

Patients waiting for a heart transplant often need to bridge the time until surgery. This is usually done using implantable pumps.

A Moving Variety

Efficient tests for commercial vehicle ECU variants

Dynamic Firing Order

Dynamic cylinder deactivation improves engine efficiency

Virtual Mild Hybrids

Validating ECUs of hybrid drivetrains at power level

DENSO: Process Agility

Automated development and test process with TargetLink and EmbeddedTester

The Engineer of 2020

Preparing Students for the Fast Lane of Advancing Technology

Offers for Universities

Real-time development systems with powerful simulation hardware and comprehensive software tools.

Safe Steering

Test system for validating the ECU of an electric power steering system at power level

Optimized Hybrids

How optimized algorithms in an ECU save fuel

No Driver Required

Developing a Self-Driving Vehicle

Success in series

AUTOSAR’s success story and how the dSPACE tool chain supports the AUTOSAR standard

Continuous Software Production

Industrialized integration and validation of TargetLink models for series production

Virtual Milk in Virtual Cartons

Simulation environment for testing process control software

AUTOSAR Implemented

AUTOSAR-compliant production software development with TargetLink and SystemDesk

Maximum Tilt

Developing and testing vehicle dynamics controllers on motorcycles

With or Without a Pilot

Developing an optionally piloted vehicle

Simulation à la carte Model-based development boosts efficiency in the food service industry Electronics Take Off Real-time testing of modern actuation systems at Moog Highly Dynamic Testing

Real-time modeling of a permanent magnet electrical machine for ECU functional validation applications

smartCUT: Safe Surgery

Semiautomatic surgical saw for heart, chest and brain operations

Forward Thinking

Ways to achieve greater productivity in the development process

Electric Parking

Non-intrusive, fast integration of an x-by-wire control system

Sound Asleep

Active noise reduction in the home

Peak Performance Racing to the top with standard car parts: the MiEV Evolution II Sensor-Based Landing Aid The sensor system currently being developed by ESG will enable helicopters to land safely even in low visibility. Flight Control by MicroAutoBox

Developing innovative control systems

Success in Action Launched two years ago, the SCALEXIO hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test systems from dSPACE have already proven their value in numerous customer projects. Aiming High Mazda is pursuing two main goals for its automobiles: an enjoyable driving experience on the one hand, and outstandingly low fuel consumption and emission levels on the other. Process for Functional Safety

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has added modelbased development to their classic software development process for implementing safety-critical vehicle functions.

Fuel Cell Revolution For the past 20 years, Ford has gained a wealth of experience from their research and development of fuel cells for in-vehicle use. Ford’s researchers have tested several concepts in the laboratory and on the road. Architecture with Brains Researchers at the University of Stuttgart are working to develop lightweight load-bearing structures that respond to external loads. Robots in the Rose Garden Limited resources, climate change and a rapidly growing world population make efficiency and sustainability the biggest challenges in horticulture and agriculture. Smart Home In Japan, in the wake of the nuclear power plant accident accompanying the Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2011, people’s expectations of renewable energy sources have soared. The Cutting Edge

The new TS500i cut-off machine with STIHL Injection is the fi rst-ever batteryless, completely electronically controlled injection system for handheld power tools with a two-stroke engine on the market.

Ions at the Start Modern start/stop systems, more electrical equipment, and the increasing electrification of mechanically driven components are pushing up the demands made on energy storage. Diving Back to Earth The Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (the Italian Aerospace Research Center, or CIRA) is using an unmanned space vehicle (USV) to research technologies that are vital to the development of future space transporters. Systematic Vehicle Safety

On behalf of the Indian automotive industry and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, ARAI is producing a concept for high-performance safety systems, together with a sample process for the model-based development of such systems.

Surviving Tough Terrain In commercial and military vehicles, the improved mobility provided by advanced active suspensions – especially in rugged terrains – becomes a matter of survivability, effective crew performance, safety and reliability. Less Is More ISUZU is developing an electro-hydraulically actuated variable valve system as an engine device to simultaneously reduce exhaust gases and fuel consumption. DFKI: Simulated Satellite Rendezvous

In their new Space Exploration Hall, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) can now carry out projects such as testing flight systems and studying the interactions between satellites and robots.

1000 MW in the Test Lab

Simulating steam turbines for power generation

Next Generation Satellite Communications

Astrium reached greatest possible antenna positioning accuracy with rapid control prototyping tools and support from dSPACE.

More Efficient Combustion Engines Variable valve control for a camless engine with fast hydraulic actuators China on the Fast Track

Chinese railway equipment manufacturer uses dSPACE HIL to speed up their Traction Control Unit (TCU) development

Efficiency in the Field

Continuously variable transmission with power-split driveline for more power and lower costs

Spotlight on Hazards An innovative new light function offers motorists more safety and comfort during night-time driving, using image sensors that detect potentially dangerous objects on the road and specially designed headlights that spotlight these objects. Intelligent Stopping SKF’s Electronic Parking Brake system is an extremely convenient solution for parking brakes and emergency brakes in tractors. Diwheel Defies Gravity Students and researchers in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide have developed a so-called diwheel that allows a driver to travel in a conventional upright position and, for the more adventurous, in an upside down position. Upvalue Energy Power inverters: Efficient energy transformation through efficient TargetLink code Gentle Belts Seat belts tightened the AUTOSAR way at Autoliv Turbine on Board

Simulating gas turbine ship propulsion plant

Tested and found good

Testing transmission lever electronics automatically with dSPACE test automation

Upside Down Vehicle Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools. Project Orbit Satellite computers have to handle a whole range of monitoring and control tasks. Electrifying Using active mains filters to suppress interference in aircraft electrical systems Fusion Hybrid Energized

The control software for the battery management system was developed completely using model-based design and automatic production code generation.

Beating the Heat While developing a new space glider, the German Aerospace Center is investigating new heat shield technologies in their SHEFEX II program. Go for Quality

The North American Electrical & Electronics System Validation group at Ford Motor Company has nearly tripled its automated testing capability.

Virtual Vehicle Test Drives

Since 2000, Suzuki Motor Corporation has been efficiently intensifying their use of dSPACE simulators for the safe development of electronic control units (ECUs).

Big on Safety Volvo 3P relies on HIL simulation to test and verify the controllers when developing brake systems. Landing Gear Systems of the Future Researchers at the Institute for Aircraft Systems Engineering at the Technische Universität Hamburg, Germany are developing a completely new kind of actuation system for the landing gear of a regional aircraft. Behind the Scenes Formula Student is a wellknown international competition that judges not only speed but, more importantly, knowhow. AVL Raptor: Hungry for Engines

AVL Raptor provides the customers of the entire AVL group with a quick, flexible way of creating and testing the control of complex engine configurations for demonstration and calibration purposes.

Looking forward

Thermal management in a conventional powertrain was intelligently further developed at BMW Group by adding a predictive component.

Superbike Success from the Electronics Lab

The BMW motorcycle motorsports team is in the fast lane. Since 2009, BMW Motorrad has been competing in the Superbike World Championship, and with success.

Electric Drives Efficiently Virtualized

Controlled electric drives are a key technology in numerous engineering applications. Handling so many applications calls for a high degree of flexibility, especially for servocontrollers in industrial automation.

NASA’s Top Model At its Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research facility, called AirSTAR for short, NASA is using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to study flight situations that would be too dangerous and too expensive with a real aircraft. Home Run in Lab

Ultra-high-speed robots are expected to open up new fields of applications. With extremely high kinematic performance and stupendous cognitive capabilities, they surpass the human processing ability and challenge the limitations of machines.

Touareg Hybrid The Volkswagen Touareg has a brand-new hybrid version. Its electric drives, power electronics, and traction battery have caused a significant rise in the complexity of the networked electronic systems. Virtual Energy Cells The BMW Group is using a dSPACE Simulator to develop functions and test ECUs for a battery management system for lithium-ion energy storage. Five in One Hybrid drives and electric vehicles are hot topics in the automobile industry right now. But what few people know is that the first electric vehicles actually hit the roads in the early 20th century. The Battery Eldorado Electric vehicles are eco-friendly, quiet and economical. However, their future depends on efficient battery technology. Talking AUTOSAR The automobile industry sees its future in the continuous development of innovative, networked in-vehicle systems. One answer to the growing complexity this will bring is to perform systematic standardization based on AUTOSAR. A Gripping Feeling The engineering company DMecS is using a dSPACE Simulator to analyze the system behavior of steering systems. This allows testing at an early stage of development, before performing test drives. Systematic Drive Safety

E-Darc is a new FPGA-based drive controller being developed by control system manufacturer Ferrocontrol. With the aid of dSPACE hardware and software, Ferrocontrol is testing the safety and reliability of individual models to ensure that they comply with the strictest quality guidelines.

All Ears The ability to communicate is an elementary part of our lives. And without good hearing, communication becomes difficult if not impossible. This is why researchers continue to work on optimizing prostheses that improve hearing. New Energy - Wind and Sun Bring Independence One of the Azore Islands in mid-Atlantic: Plenty of sunshine. Constant wind. And miles away from any power grid or any filling station for diesel generators. Do-It-Yourself Formula One

Each year, for a few days in August, students from all over the world meet at the Hockenheimring in Germany to race their self-designed, self-built cars on this traditional Formula One track.

Buick Regal Turbo Charged Engine

Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools.

High speed Robot

Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools.

Superbike Success

Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools.

In-Vehicle Prototyping

Use case: Developing and verifying control strategies with in-vehicle prototyping.


Use case: Controlling a 6-axis robot with dSPACE rapid control prototyping

Developing Control Functions

Use case: Developing ECU algorithms for electric motors

Next Level of HIL in EcoCAR

Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools.

Keeping the Right Speed

Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools.

Getting Better and Better A talk with Dr. Klaus Lamberg, Product Manager of test and experiment software, about AutomationDesk (dSPACE’s test software) and future developments in the area of testing. Virtual Engine Test Bench Variable valve systems improve the efficiency of modern gasoline engines. Testing the engine control units designed for them requires novel, detailed simulation models with high physical resolution. Driving with no Emissions

Mitsubishi’s new electric vehicle, i-MiEV, lives and breathes by its complex electronics. Mitsubishi ran rigorous tests to ensure the quality of the software, yet still managed to cut the time-to-market.

Climate Under Control Volvo Technology, the center for innovation, research and development in the Volvo Group, has been continuously refining and extending its established Climate Control Module (CCM) over the years. Never Without Power Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH is using dSPACE hardware and software to develop an alternative, fuel-cell-based emergency power system that supplies electricity no matter what the situation is. Silence is golden Noise pollution impairs the quality of life just as much as any other form of pollution, but noise cannot always be avoided.​ Plug & Play Delphi Diesel Systems has successfully developed automated integration and feature tests for various ECUs for diesel engine management systems. Five Stars for dSPACE

The demands on today’s embedded software are high. And the requirements on the development software and the testing software are just as tough.

25 Kilograms of Pure Energy 25 kilograms: That’s the weight of the hybrid battery in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 400 HYBRID, which will be launched in 2009. Virtual Bus Articulated or double-decker, lowerable, with up to four double doors and a wide range of comfort and safety systems, urban bus or tourist coach: the variations are endless. MicroAutoBox Ahoy! The Yamaha Motor Corporation, Ltd., is developing an unmanned marine vehicle (UMV) which can be used for numerous measurement and observation tasks. Jiexun - A Hybrid Hero

The new ChangAn Jiexun mild hybrid car successfully rolled off the production line in December 2008 – containing a comprehensive hybrid controller strategy developed with dSPACE tools.

Higher, Faster, Further

The Institute for System Dynamics at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany used dSPACE tools to develop an active damping control for the manufacturer IVECO MAGIRUS Brandschutztechnik.

Breathe at ease Mechanical intervention can be stressful for the patient, and to minimize the discomfort, the machine must respond to the patient’s breath initiation as early as possible. Nord-Micro: Maximum Safety Since 2000, Nord-Micro has been using TargetLink®, the production code generator, to develop cabin pressure controls for a wide range of aircraft types. E-motion Research into developing electric vehicles has progressed over the last few years. These vehicles have the potential for completely new vehicle designs, and also different riding and handling characteristics. Workbench for the Nano World

A team at the Technische Universität Ilmenau in Germany has designed a very versatile positioning machine for work in the nanometer range. The machine is controlled with the aid of dSPACE hardware and software.

Global HIL Strategy at General Motors In a thorough evaluation process for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) solutions two years ago, dSPACE Simulator was chosen as the global HIL solution for General Motors. HIL in Formula One Almost all Formula One teams use hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators from dSPACE to develop and test their electronic control units, both individually and when networked. Industry Partnerships Enrich Programs Lawrence Technological University (Southfield MI) is partnering with industry-leading companies to help define its core curriculum offerings for two graduate academic programs – Master of Science (M.S.) in Automotive Engineering and Master of Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering, a new degree program established in 2006. EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge Goes Green

For the EcoCAR Challenge the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assigned a three-year pilot project to 200 students from various universities. 

Continental: Shift Gears Quickly

The goal is to noticeably reduce the development time of prototypes and end products.

Deutz: Diesel Meets Electric

For years now, hybrid drives have been gaining ground in passenger cars

Magneti Marelli: Engine Management the AUTOSAR Way

AUTOSAR is a hot topic in the development departments of automotive suppliers and OEMs

LIGO: Hunting Waves in Space

Detecting gravitational waves is one of the unsolved challenges in physics

ACC in the Loop

The Automotive Systems group at Hitachi, Ltd. uses dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop simulators to efficiently develop an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system that controls the distance to the vehicles and traffic ahead

Personal Rapid Transit​

From 2009 onward, passengers will be able to travel non-stop across London Heathrow Airport in the ULTra Personal Rapid Transit (PRT). This new, environmentally friendly, and individual passenger transportation system has been developed by ATS Ltd

Smoothing Tension

When paper is finished in a coating system, it can be given either a glossy surface or a smooth, matte or closed one. Coated and processed paper meets the highest standards of printing quality

Turning Night into Day

Heavy vehicle loads, sudden acceleration and abrupt braking maneuvers cause vehicles to tilt longitudinally

Tomorrow’s Engineers

A hybrid bicycle that stores braking energy and then releases it to support acceleration: This exciting new idea took three young researchers from a Paderborn school, and their physics teacher,

Daimler AG: AUTOSAR in the Development Process

The AUTOSAR standard defines a software architecture, software interfaces and interchange formats for creating function libraries that are independent of ECU suppliers

Brake-by-Wire Gathers Momentum

Continental is currently developing brake-by-wire systems that can use a new brake technology based on a 12-V electrical system

BMW Group Relies on TargetLink The BMW Group evaluated the production code generators currently available on the market Optimal Air-Fuel Ratio

Optimal air-fuel ratio is a key challenge and keeps coming up as an open issue for the engine control community

Indestructible right from the start

Construction, mining, demolition and forestry in the modern age are dynamic, increasingly complex tasks, and the heavy-duty equipment involved has a lot more intelligence inside than one would guess from the outside

Major Winnings at the DARPA Urban Challenge

Eleven teams out of the original hundred made it through to the finals of the DARPA Urban Challenge 2007

Preparing Students for the Real World

To equip the new generation of engineers for life in industry, universities need to give them more than just theory: Hands-on experience of state-of-the-art development technology is vital

Experience the Hybrid Drive

To integrate components into a hybrid vehicle drivetrain, extensive modification to the electronic and mechanical systems is required in order to ensure the global optimization of

A Mach 0.8, 40,000 ft. Challenge

MPC Products Corp. has developed an actuator control system that will be used by NASA to control a drive system for the Cavity Door System that covers a large cavity in the rear fuselage of a modified Boeing 747 housing a large infrared telescope

ASMs for Complete Truck Electronics Tests

Swedish heavy truck and bus manufacturer Scania has set up an integration lab to perform automated testing of networked electronic control units (ECU)

Doing It All With CalDesk To help the development of steering systems run as smoothly as possible, ZF Lenksysteme GmbH, Germany, has set up an environment consisting of various dSPACE tools Making Childbirth Safer Soon obstetricians and gynecologists will be able to hone their skills outside the delivery room, trying out manipulations on a new birth simulator called BirthSIM. Systematic AUTOSAR Migration

The AUTOSAR standard offers new solutions for mastering increasing complexity as the number of different technologies, functions, and most of all, variants continues to grow

ABS Test Bench for Teaching and Research

A test bench for testing anti-lock braking (ABS) and anti-slip (ASR) algorithms was developed and set up at the Institute of Automation and Control at Graz University of Technology in Austria

Optimized CVT Hybrid

A team of researchers at the Technische Universität München in Germany has developed a CVT hybrid powertrain that enables combustion engines to start up very fast

Audio Playback Control Development

A development team at Delphi demonstrated working units running production-ready code within 12 months by using model-based design and automatic production code generation with TargetLink from dSPACE

Flexible Configuration

A joint project between Volkswagen AG and the Professorship for Control Engineering and Mechatronics at the University of Paderborn, Germany, has developed an integrative hardware-in-the-loop system

Turbine Tweaking on Virtual Aircraft The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is taking advantage of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation with dSPACE Simulator to develop and optimize the propulsion systems for the next generation of aircraft Control of a Power-Split Hybrid-Electric SUV

Ohio State University students designed and built a power-split hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) for the Challenge-X vehicle development competition

Test of Strength in the Sky

Due to flight maneuvers and gusts, loads are acting on an aircraft structure during the flight. Severe gusts can result in high structural loads,

Infotainment HIL Simulator at Audi

Car buyers nowadays can expect to find an optimum onboard functionality mix of information, entertainment, and communication, collectively known as infotainment

HIL for a Three-Wheeler Scooter

Piaggio developed the three-wheeler scooter MP3 with two front wheels. The complete system of networked electronic control units (ECU) was tested by ELASIS using a dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator

Eco-Friendly Starter-Alternator

Valeo Systèmes Électriques, a member of the Valeo group, used dSPACE tools according to the standardized V-cycle to develop a reversible, belt-driven starter-alternator

Customer-Oriented Vehicle Measurements

More and more, life cycle tests on vehicles and vehicle components are being moved forward to the simulation phase, rather than performing later hardware tests

Networked Tests at ZF

With increased networking of vehicle electronics, optimized validation methods and processes are vital

BMW – Highly Dynamic Test Benches

Performing calibration tasks on a real test vehicle fleet can be time-intensive and expensive

Dongfeng Automates Manual Transmission

Vehicles with automated mechanical transmission (AMT) combine the comfort features of an automatic transmission with the cost advantages of a manual gearbox

Active Noise Reduction

The Department of Mechatronics at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany, is developing systems for active noise reduction

CSEM: Europe’s New Weather Satellite

The European weather satellite MetOp (Meteorological Operational Satellite) was launched from Baikonur in Kasakhstan on October 19, 2006

Flexible Hydraulic Controls

The Institute of Agricultural Machinery Sciences and Fluid Power at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany has installed the DS1103 PPC Controller Board on several test benches used in research and teaching.

Anniversary of an Idea

Twenty Years of Continuous Success A conversation with Dr. Herbert Hanselmann: To mark dSPACE’s 20th anniversary, the company’s founder and president describes how an idea became an internationally successful company

Virtual Outlander

To develop the new Mitsubishi Outlander, a test system was required for the over 20 networked electronic control units (ECUs) and various electric drives.  

Keeping the Right Speed

As a part of the European research project EASIS, DAF developed a safe speed function for trucks. It helps comply with the legal speed limit by slowing the vehicle automatically if necessary

Bentley – Simulation for Luxury Vehicles

For developing and testing the new Continental GTC, Bentley Motor Cars Ltd. relies on hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems from dSPACE

Comfort Mode for Helicopters

To reduce helicopter noise and vibrations, Eurocopter Germany has developed piezoelectrically controllable flaps for the rotor blades

Snow Cat on a Hook

Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG has developed new winch electronics for its PistenBully 600 W. The winch enables the vehicle to rope itself down steep slopes and climb back up again.

Efficient Test Processes

ZF Lenksysteme GmbH uses the requirement management tool DOORS® for drawing up software requirements and specifying ECU tests, and the test automation software AutomationDesk from dSPACE for implementing, executing, and documenting the tests.

Wireless Vector Control of Induction Motor

The ‘Groupe de Recherche en Electrotechnique et Electronique de Nancy (GREEN)’, France, performs research in the field of electrical machines. Using an experimental setup based on a dSPACE DS1104 R&D Controller Board and a Bluetooth module, a wireless control of an induction motor is achieved

Hybrid with dSPACE

Research institutes and industry working on alternative propulsion systems are increasingly turning to dSPACE tools, which have long been used for developing conventional drives

Mechatronic Truck Seat

A joint project between DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology and the company’s advanced engineering truck group developed a mechatronic truck seat system.

Strategic Use of HIL and SIL

Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulations have long been used to test electronic control units (ECUs) and software.

Verifying Air Spring Systems

Chassis engineers are starting to resolve the conflict between comfort and driving stability in medium-class and luxury cars, even in extreme situations.

Track Tests in Laboratory

A new proof-of-concept test bench for developing and validating mechatronic chassis systems was presented at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2006 by MTS Systems Corporation.

More Torque, Less Fuel

A combination of a turbocharged engine and an electric motor delivers the same power as a larger naturally aspirated engine, but consumes less fuel and cuts toxic emissions.

Architectures for Safety

A notable trend in automotive systems is combining stand-alone safety applications to make what are called integrated safety systems (ISS).

Fiesta with Micro Hybrid Drive

The Ford Research Center Aachen, Germany, is intensively engaged in developing operating strategies and energy management concepts for hybrid drive structures.

The Robot’s Net

Engineers and mathematicians in the Mechatronics department at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany have for some years now been working on a new, innovative type of robot.

Golf GTI 53+1 – The Driverless Car

The Golf GTI 53+1 developed by VW can drive along a known road autonomously, with no driver. The aim is to test and verify control systems such as ABS and ESP in precisely reproducible test drives

Bypassing the Heart’s Control

SterlingTech, a leader in providing innovative software solutions for medical device companies, helped a client receive a U.S. patent for an impedance sensor (a device to measure the flow of blood through the heart), after performing a series of experiments utilizing a dSPACE prototyping system

Virtual Manual Transmission

The feel of a manual transmission is a brand-specific feature, and an important factor in customer test drives

EDGAR - A Self-balancing Scooter

Mechatronic Engineering students at the University of Adelaide often undertake real-time control projects as part of their final year thesis

Braking at Full Speed

As a passenger on an airplane, if you watch the engines closely, you can observe the effect of thrust reversal as it occurs: As soon as the plane touches down, a vent opens in the engine cowl, and some of the air drawn in by the engine is ejected forward to decelerate the plane

Testing Diagnostic Capability

As complexity continues to explode, vehicle diagnostics are vital. About 30-40% of memory in modern automotive electronic control units (ECUs) is dedicated to diagnostics.

CalDesk for Adaptive Cruise Control

For the development of Pre-Crash and Adaptive Cruise Control, DENSO CORPORATION uses an environment with several dSPACE tools. CalDesk, the universal measurement and calibration software, is the heart of the setup and provides parallel access to ECUs and MicroAutoBox

Developing with Rapid Control Prototyping

dSPACE rapid control prototyping for fast development of control strategies in electric drives

Developing Electric Motor Control Algorithms

Use case: Developing electric motor control algorithms with dSPACE rapid control prototyping

Intelligent Wedge Brake

Test drives have shown the new electronic wedge brake from Siemens VDO Automotive to have excellent braking performance. Experts rate the dynamics and deceleration particularly highly

AUTOSAR and ASAM - Current Activities

Generally accepted standards are indispensable in industry. Developing and introducing them is a complex process, however – as is integrating them into existing products

Production Code for Distributed Controller The BMW Group has developed a new damper control for dynamic stabilization, based on a distributed controller consisting of a central electronic control unit (ECU) and satellite ECUs. Anti-Noise Flaps Eurocopter Germany is working on producing piezoelectrically controlled flaps for the rotor blades that will considerably reduce noise and vibrations. Active Chassis Control

A Ford Transit Connect equipped with continuous damping control (CDC) dampers and a double pinion active steering system is being used by Ford Otosan (Turkey) for research on active chassis control.

Cold-Test Bench

The BMW Group has used a dSPACE Simulator to construct a virtual "cold-test bench".

PARVUS - The Little Giant

The trend to miniaturization that started with electronics has now reached the world of mechanical engineering, where it can also help to save on energy and materials. Machines for the precision assembly of very small parts are a typical example.

Clean Air with RCP

DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart greatly speeded up function design for its new engine series for commercial vehicles by the systematic use of dSPACE-based rapid control prototyping (RCP) systems.

Dynamic Models for Deutz Diesel Power

Deutz AG is relying on a test system based on dSPACE Simulator to run release tests on diesel engine electronic control units (ECUs).

Developing a Fully X-by-Wire Vehicle

FlexRay is a high-speed and fault-tolerant bus system for use in automotive applications. General Motors (GM) uses a FlexRay network to control the Sequel, a fully x-by-wire fuel cell vehicle.

Driving Safety with MTest

In the development of chassis control systems, complexity is increasing as development times decrease.

Electromotor Valve Drive

The Institut für Automatisierung und Informatik Wernigerode in Germany has been working with Harz University for some years now on a linear engine concept for operating gas exchange valves in combustion engines.

Opel/GM - Testing Fuel Cell Technology General Motors (GM) and Opel are working on bringing hydrogen vehicles with fuel cell propulsion up to production level. Linz University - The Bipedal Robot

The University of Linz has been doing intensive research into bipedal walking for several years.

Airbus - Airload Simulation on the Airbus A380

A system of movable slats and flaps enables commercial aircraft to increase the lift acting on their wings as required.

Flying with the Iron Bird

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is currently designing a test facility that uses dSPACE equipment and will provide enormous flexibility in developing the flight systems of the future.