Headquarters: Moenchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
NI Alliance Partner duration: 15 years
NI Alliance Partner level: Platinum
Capabilities brought to the ADAS iiT: Massive data collecting and computing
measX GmbH was founded 35 years ago with a focus on test rig development and “big data” collecting and computing. Currently, measX heavily targets advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle testing, which produces massive amounts of data to be managed.
“If you’re familiar with autonomous cars, you know there are millions of test miles that have to be driven, virtually or manually, during the test process,” measX General Manager Dr. Joachim Hilsmann said. “The data you get from that test is quite complex, and that’s a challenge for our customers to manage at scale.”
Structured data handling: a key part of efficient vehicle testing
Because self-driving vehicles have so many sensors—ADAS have cameras, radar sensors, lidar sensors, and so on—data collection involves extracting information from many different signals, then combining it in a structured way.
“A camera shows you what objects are near the car, but radar sensors tell you where those objects are,” Hilsmann said. “You need a combination of that data for the autonomous car to make decisions. You also need that data to be structured in a way that talks to other vehicles.”
That data structuring and management is the biggest strength measX delivers to the ADAS iiT partnership founded in 2017. ADAS iiT is a collaboration between four German companies/NI Alliance Partners: measX GmbH, SET GmbH for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, S.E.A. Datentechnik GmbH for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, and Konrad Technologies GmbH for data validation. It combines solutions from each company to create an end-to-end solution for ADAS testing.
“Customers need one-stop solutions, especially in today’s fast-moving environment,” Hilsmann said. “As an extended team, the ADAS iiT partnership can support ADAS testing from start to finish. That’s a huge benefit to companies trying to get their vehicles to the street faster.”
Structured data's importance in the race to autonomous vehicles
That speed and efficiency of vehicle testing is what energizes Hilsmann and the ADAS iiT team the most. It requires measX’s biggest strength: structuring complex data.
“There’s a lot of real driving to be done to get autonomous vehicles onto the streets, and there are many prerequisites for that,” Hilsmann said. “Structured data handling in these tests avoids double or triple tests, which reduces the time you need to drive with this technology. And structured data is what all automakers will need as they work with other automakers and governments to standardize vehicle data.”