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dSPACE Revs Up Embedded Software Development for EcoCAR 3 Competition

Sixteen North American universities will utilize dSPACE real-time systems to simulate vehicle and component behaviors as part of the EcoCAR 3, a four-year competition challenging automotive engineering students to redesign and build an advanced vehicle that incorporates green, performance and consumer-attractive features.

In support of this leading-edge competition and its objective of industry-grade model-based-design, dSPACE, a Leadership level sponsor, is donating HIL simulation systems to competing teams so they can develop and validate complex supervisory control and diagnostic systems for their vehicle to meet the competition goals, in terms of vehicle efficiency, performance, and safety.

The dSPACE HIL systems will provide teams with engineering tools to simulate the behavior of the vehicle and its subsystems.  HILs assist the student engineers to create, test, and optimize control systems in the same manner as professionals in the automotive industry.  This fully supports the overriding objective of the competition: to educate the next generation of automotive engineers.

Additionally, dSPACE will provide training, mentoring, and management support to enable teams to effectively use dSPACE HIL tools throughout the competition, for early development, software validation, vehicle integration, and finally, vehicle refinement.

“We are very pleased to again be able to work alongside DOE, ANL, GM and the other sponsors of this EcoCAR 3 competition,” said Dr. Peter Waeltermann, President of dSPACE Inc. “It is refreshing and exciting to experience the energy levels of these very motivated students who take part in redesigning and rebuilding amazing vehicles.”

Minimizing Environmental Impacts and Embracing Sustainable Transportation
Students with mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering backgrounds will redesign a Chevrolet Camaro, provided by General Motors, to

  1. Reduce energy consumption;
  2. Reduce well-to-wheel GHG emissions;
  3. Reduce criteria tailpipe emissions;
  4. Maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility, and safety; and,
  5. Meet energy and environmental goals, while considering cost and innovation.


Competing Teams
The teams receiving dSPACE tools and competing in the EcoCAR 3 challenge include:

  • Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona.
  • California State University – Los Angeles, California  
  • Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Georgia
  • McMaster University – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Mississippi State University – Starkville, Mississippi
  • The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
  • Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pennsylvania
  • University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee
  • University of Washington – Seattle, Washington
  • University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
  • West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia


dSPACE is a Leadership level sponsor of the EcoCAR 3 competition. In addition to donating equipment, dSPACE provides training and support to all of the university teams. dSPACE also served as a Platinum sponsor for the EcoCAR 2 challenge and was a Gold sponsor for EcoCAR 1.