IPG has joined the ADASIS Forum
Standardized interfaces for simulation-based development of predictive functions
The ADASIS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Interface Specifications) Forum is an international alliance of public- and private-sector organizations, vehicle manufacturers, navigation system and ADAS producers, and providers of map data bases that aims to define standardized interfaces for access to predictive road data to simplify the development and use of map-based predictive functions and systems.
The ADASIS Forum is an initiative of ERTICO ITS Europe, which is supported by the European Commission, among others. Through its membership IPG Automotive GmbH, the technology leader in the field of virtual test driving, underscores its partnership with the automotive industry and is well set to handle future challenges. The ways in which IPG simulation tools contribute to the development of innovative functions, for instance in the fields of ambient data acquisition for driver assistance and predictive energy management systems through to validation of data sensor fusion, will be presented to visitors attending Open House in Karlsruhe on March 6th, 2012.
Predictive functions enhance a vehicle’s safety, energy efficiency and comfort. These functions are highly complex and require reliable concept decisions to be made at an early stage of development. Yet in common previous practice these decisions would frequently be delayed until the full vehicle was subjected to real-world testing. These tests though take place at a late – if not to say excessively late – stage of the development process. In addition, real-world road tests of so-called customer use cases are difficult to reproduce for complex functions and, last but not least, costly. Therefore, automobile manufacturers are increasingly opting for simulation-based test methods.
Through CarMaker, IPG provides an integration and test platform that enables real-world road tests to be shifted into the virtual world. Virtual vehicles are examined in test scenarios or the vehicle’s characteristics and properties tested with different types of drivers on international routes in order to efficiently evaluate systems and functions of new vehicle concepts early on. Additional digital map data is required to test map-based systems with predictive functions. The standardized ADASIS v2 interface protocol, which is also used by IPG, plays an important part in this. Data of the Electronic Horizon which is transmitted by means of the ADASIS protocol can be used by the vehicle systems of manufacturers that operate according to the ADASIS standard. Therefore, more and more companies are now joining this standard.
IPG Managing Director Bernhard Schick is convinced: “Through the ADASIS standard and the highly capable CarMaker simulation environment we are supporting our customers around the world in efficiently driving the development of the latest technologies. This ensures our ability to continually anticipate future customer requirements and to make the appropriate simulation, testing and evaluation methods available for virtual road tests early on.” IPG offers various integration versions for the tests across the entire development process. It is immaterial whether they are used in an Office application for concept decisions, for functions and systems designs, for validation of control units or for testing engines, powertrains, batteries or ancillary components on test rigs. In addition, IPG cooperates with AVL List GmbH in the field of virtual drive tests on test rigs.