The Engineering Impact Awards invite engineers, scientists, and researchers from around the world to submit impactful applications created with our software and hardware. The annual event showcases an impressive collection of applications to highlight the impact these projects have on Transportation.
Find out more about this year’s outstanding finalists:
Advanced Vehicle Electronics Test With a Software-Defined Automated Test System
Mazda Motor Corporation, Integrated Control System Development Division
Hideyuki Okada, Noriaki Kittaka, and Masaya Taniguchi
As automotive innovation grows, the variety and functional complexity of the electronic components inside the vehicles also increase. Challenges arise for test engineers when they need to test the various components. Advanced test systems must enable communication between multiple electronic component systems and perform multi-system tests but also be robust.
In collaboration with NI Alliance Partner MAC Systems, Mazda used the NI platform to build a hardware-in-the-loop system composed of PXI products, FPGA modules, and LabVIEW. The engineers integrated several complex elements such as a noise simulator, GPS simulator, and speech synthesis system. They also added a robot and an image processing system for task automation.
They were able to successfully develop the integrated automated test system and incorporate it into their test processes. They reduced the man-hours related to the manual operation of test equipment and the analysis of results by a drastic 90 percent, saving hundreds of millions of yen each year.
Improved Ride Quality Testing With Dynamic Vehicle Simulation
Volvo Car Corporation
Simon Schoutissen, Dr. Matthijs Klomp
Volvo cars builds over 500,000 vehicles each year, and its Driving Dynamics Centre seeks to improve the driving experience for the latest generation of Volvo cars as well as vehicles still in the concept phase. Volvo needed to extend the functionality of its Dynamic Driving Simulator virtual test bed, which incorporates driver-in-the-loop test, to encompass physical vehicle motion controllers. This would reduce the need for costly, physical field tests whilst delivering more freedom to innovate in the concept phase and shortening the simulator's overall development time.
Volvo leveraged a PXI Express eight-core controller running VeriStand software for real-time test alongside off-the-shelf IPG CarMaker hardware and existing Vector equipment to implement configurable data acquisition and logging, test sequencing, and simulation model integration.
The company was able to reuse existing components, build a modular hardware-in-the-loop platform that is prepared for future needs, and integrate third-party hardware and software. Volvo integrated all the components on deadline and created a high-quality solution that saved valuable field-test time.
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