Headquarters: Troisdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
NI Alliance Partner duration: 23 years
NI Alliance Partner level: Gold
Capabilities brought to the ADAS iiT: Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) testing, GNSS, system integration
S.E.A. Datentechnik specializes in systems integration for test and measurement and has been an NI Alliance Partner for more than 20 years. For the last decade, one focus of S.E.A. has been heavily on the automotive industry, specifically on vehicle communications. Today S.E.A. is one of the world’s best experts on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, delivering valuable depth and expertise to the ADAS iiT collaboration.
“V2X leverages the 802.11p protocol, which ensures cars can understand other cars as well as by this standardized kind of communication, a car can communicate with things around it,” S.E.A. CEO Dr. Gerd Schmitz said. “ADAS iiT leverages V2X and GNSS (from M3 systems) in the application phase, combining synchronized V2X information with GNSS and info from other sensors like lidar, radar, and imaging in a way that allows the car to believe the simulation is reality, which is key in the race toward autonomous vehicles.”
ADAS testing: a broad, fragmented market brought together by the ADAS iiT
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) testing is now critically important to the automotive industry, and S.E.A. is at the forefront as a part of the ADAS iiT collaboration, which involves German companies and NI Alliance PartnersKonrad Technologies GmbH for data validation, SET GmbH for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, and measX GmbH for data management. ADAS iiT combines solutions from each company to create an end-to-end solution for ADAS testing.
“ADAS iiT is a completely unique solution for the auto industry,” Schmitz said. “Integrating all of our components on the NI platform, we (as four companies) have developed a single solution for ADAS testing, a rare thing in the automotive test market, which allows automakers to test and innovate much more quickly toward autonomous vehicles.”
V2X's important role in the race toward autonomous vehicles
The V2X field is quite complex, ranging from RF wave (transport medium) to protocol layers to the application. Because of the criticality of standardized communications between objects, V2X communication is a hot topic in the race to autonomous vehicles, especially because the common language of the cars is different regionally, particularly between Europe and the United States.
ADAS iiT leverages S.E.A. expertise to help automakers achieve the standardization needed to ensure safety on the road for autonomous vehicles and to strengthen the integrity of automotive testing.
“A reliable carmaker needs to make safe, comfortable cars,” Schmitz said. “To ensure safe cars, we need much better automotive testing at a speed that matches the need for innovation in the industry. That’s what we ensure with ADAS iiT.”