National Instruments (NI) has bestowed its 2018 Technical Innovation Award (given to partner companies who are early adopters of its technologies) to the ADAS iiT Consortium Innovation in Test.
The consortium, founded in 2017, pools the expertise of Konrad Technologies (sensor and radar simulation), SET (hardware-in-the-loop), SEA Data Technology (V2X and GNSS simulation) and measX (data management) to offer a testing solution for the simulation and validation of autonomously operated vehicles in a virtual environment. The test solutions are based on NI’s standardised platforms.
“The development of ADAS is moving forwards rapidly but until now, the testing procedures for it were always very expensive,” said Michael Konrad, managing director of Konrad Technologies. “That is precisely where ADAS iiT comes in. It offers the customer an integrated test solution based on the NI platform under real-life conditions that is something that is unique in the marketplace.”
ADAS iiT offers virtual test drives to check modern sensors and sensor fusion electronic control units and delivers end-to-end solutions starting with system architecture and continuing through development, implementation, validation and production.
“Our innovative approach makes efficient testing of the systems possible in less time and at significantly lower cost,” said Frank Heidemann, managing director of SET. “The reliability of the test increases at the same time, which helps make it possible to bring autonomous vehicles to the market more safely and quickly than had been expected.”
“The consortium has correctly recognised customers’ needs and together developed an integrated test solution that offers the automobile industry a significantly more robust and more effective architecture while shortening and streamlining the development times for automobile manufacturers,” said Ingo Schumacher, systems engineering manager CER at NI. “Such a targeted collaboration by the NI partner companies is absolutely exemplary.”