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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 Drive Technology dSPACE offers a variety of product solutions for electric drive projects. Medical Engineering Control development for medical applications Academia 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 Developing Complex ECU Software Architectures 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. 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 Automatic production code generation with TargetLink HIL Simulation Systems dSPACE provides various hardware and software products for hardware-in-the-loop simulation as well as additional services Virtual Validation Using virtual ECUs and PC-based simulation for early validation of ECU software 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: A review 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. SCANIA: A Moving Variety Scania has a nearly endless selection of vehicle types and modular vehicle confi gurations. And the generic electronic control unit (ECU) system has just as many variants. In a new test lab, Scania shows how this system can be validated with reliability. Tula Technology: Dynamic Firing Order Imagine a combustion engine where each cylinder can be fired variably or skipped to provide the torque demanded by the driver. KATECH: Virtual Mild Hybrids Imagine a combustion engine where each cylinder can be fired variably or skipped to provide the torque demanded by the driver. DENSO: Process Agility Automated development and test process with TargetLink and EmbeddedTester The Engineer of 2020 To ensure that the next generation of engineers is positioned to adapt to new trends in technology and contribute to its ongoing evolution; universities are putting their curricula under the microscope. Offers for Universities Real-time development systems with powerful simulation hardware and comprehensive software tools. JTEKT: Safe Steering Japanese steering system manufacturer JTEKT has installed an ISO-26262-compliant process and a powerful test system for ECU development. University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis: Optimized Hybrids Researchers from the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis are developing new energy management algorithms to improve the fuel economy of micro and mild hybrid vehicles. Tongji University: No Driver Required Thanks to advances in the development of intelligent drive technology, the time is coming closer when self-driving vehicles will be a part of everyday road traffic. Success in series AUTOSAR’s success story and how the dSPACE tool chain supports the AUTOSAR standard EB Automotive: Continuous Software Production The EB Automotive Software Factory is the key to success because it implements recurring work processes as a production line for software. Tetra Pak: Virtual Milk in Virtual Cartons Intelligent process control software has an important job to do to continuously optimize downtimes, but developing and testing it is time-consuming and expensive. PSA: AUTOSAR Implemented To optimize cooperation with the electronic control unit suppliers, PSA decided to make the development process for drivetrain ECUs AUTOSAR-compliant. BMW Motorrad: Maximum Tilt Developing innovative features for vehicle dynamics at the extremes requires the right tools that do not manipulate vehicle behavior. Korea Aerospace Research Institute: With or without a pilot The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is developing an OPV and testing its flight control system by running simulated flights in the laboratory with a test bench based on a dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop simulator. 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 aids 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 effi ciency 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. STIHL: 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. Audi Electronics Venture: 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. CIRA: 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. ARAI: 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. University of Texas: 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. ISUZU: 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 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. Siemens: 1000 MW in the Test Lab Simulating steam turbines for electricity generation Astrium: Next Generation Satellite Communications Astrium reached greatest possible antenna positioning accuracy with rapid control prototyping tools and support from dSPACE. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: More Efficient Combustion Engines Variable valve control for a camless engine with fast hydraulic actuators China Northern Railway: China on the Fast Track Chinese railway equipment manufacturer uses dSPACE HIL to speed up their Traction Control Unit (TCU) development Valtra: Efficiency in the Field Continuously variable transmission with power-split driveline for more power and lower costs KIT: 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. SKF Industria SpA: Intelligent Stopping SKF’s Electronic Parking Brake system is an extremely convenient solution for parking brakes and emergency brakes in tractors. University of Adelaide: 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. Santerno: Upvalue Energy Power inverters: Efficient energy transformation through efficient TargetLink code Autoliv: Gentle Belts Seat belts tightened the AUTOSAR way at Autoliv dSPACE - Northrop Grumman: Turbine on Board Simulating gas turbine ship propulsion plant Lemförder: Tested and found good Testing transmission lever electronics automatically with dSPACE test automation Customer Video: 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. Liebherr-Elektronik GmbH: 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. Customer Video: Superbike Success Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools. 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 – electrified and electrifying 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 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. 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. 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. Customer Video: Buick Regal Turbo Charged Engine Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools. Customer Video: High speed Robot Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools. Customer Video: 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. Robotics Use case: Controlling a 6-axis robot with dSPACE rapid control prototyping. Control Functions for Electric Vehicles Use case: Developing ECU algorithms for electric motors with dSPACE rapid control prototyping. Customer Video: Next Level of HIL in EcoCAR Our videos give you a deeper insight into dSPACE and the functions of our tools. Customer Video: 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. What does this mean for dSPACE products? 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. 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. Ideal für Formel 1 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. 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. Shift Gears Quickly The goal is to noticeably reduce the development time of prototypes and end products. To meet this, innovative methods for developing embedded software are necessary. Diesel meets Electric For years now, hybrid drives have been gaining ground in passenger cars. But mobile work machines, with their typical stop-and-go operation, are also ideal candidates for hybrid drives. Engine Management the AUTOSAR Way AUTOSAR is a hot topic in the development departments of automotive suppliers and OEMs. The standard is frequently accused of having too much overhead in implementing complex systems. Hunting Waves in Space With the help of dSPACE equipment, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the USA have set up an observatory dedicated to detecting gravitational waves. 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. To keep the maximum amount of light on the road, the angle of the headlights has to change to compensate for vehicle movements. Tomorrow’s Engineers A hybrid bicycle that stores braking energy and then releases it to support acceleration. AUTOSAR in the Development Process Daimler AG is introducing AUTOSAR in the fields of comfort and vehicle interior functions as part of its activities for standardizing function library software modules. 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 all systems by a hybrid drive strategy. 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. 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. 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. One important quality assurance activity is to run defined, standardized tests on electronic control units (ECUs) at various stages of development. BMW – Highly Dynamic Test Benches Performing calibration tasks on a real test vehicle fleet can be time-intensive and expensive. BMW is able to cut its development times and costs considerably by shifting some of its calibration work to test benches. 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 Research is currently focusing on active systems for turboprop airplanes, whose powerful engines cause high sound pressure inside the plane, experienced by passengers and crew as loud noise. 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 An experimental hydraulic test bench is currently being used for research into “Air in Hydraulic Oil”. 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. Networked Tests at ZF With increased networking of vehicle electronics, optimized validation methods and processes are vital. One important quality assurance activity is to run defined, standardized tests on electronic control units (ECUs) at various stages of development. 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. Hybrid mit dSPACE Neben konventionellen Antrieben werden zunehmend alternative Antriebe, zum Beispiel Hybridantriebe, mit den Werkzeugen von dSPACE entwickelt und getestet. 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 To optimize the development times for production-level software, Continental AG is using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators and the ASM Vehicle Dynamics Simulation Package from dSPACE. 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 With inspiration from spiders' webs and the enormous load-bearing capacity of modern high-tech cables, future robots will use cables to get things moving in numerous application areas. 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. Virtual Manual Transmission Development of a specific gear-shift feel begins right back at the definition stage, when real prototype parts are not yet available. And virtual simulations cannot provide feel. EDGAR - A Self-balancing Scooter A dSPACE DS1104 R&D Controller Board was used to rapid-prototype the controller prior to embedding the controller on a low-cost microcontroller target. Braking at Full Speed To develop the ETRAS® system on the Airbus A380, Hispano-Suiza, a SAFRAN Group company, used a dSPACE prototyping system. Testing Diagnostic Capability As complexity continues to explode, vehicle diagnostics are vital. CalDesk for Adaptive Cruise Control For the development of Pre-Crash and Adaptive Cruise Control, DENSO CORPORATION uses an environment with several dSPACE tools. Rapid Control Prototyping dSPACE rapid control prototyping for fast development of control strategies in electric drives. Developing Electric Motors Algorithms Use case: Developing electric motor control algorithms with dSPACE rapid control prototyping. Intelligent Wedge Brake dSPACE’s FlexRay tools are used to develop the FlexRay network for the entire brake system. 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. BMW is therefore focussing strongly on verifying the systems at an early stage. Hochschule Harz - 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. New Strategy for Torque Estimators In automotive powertrain control strategies, engine torque estimators are preferred to expensive sensors for obvious economic reasons. 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. DLR: 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.