Tool providers extend AUTOSAR’s infrastructure

  • 04-May-2009 04:20 EDT
Tool providers such as The Mathworks are creating an infrastructure so automakers can design AUTOSAR into the many electronic modules located throughout the vehicle.

­­­The infrastructure for AUTOSAR continues to grow even though its usage remains below expectations. ­The MathWorks and Vector Informatik have teamed up to provide compatible tools that help engineers develop AUTOSAR-compliant systems.

The collaboration ensures that the component architecture defined using Vector’s DaVinci Developer design tool can be exported to The MathWorks’ Simulink software so component behavior can be established. This compatibility lets software architects and algorithm developers work together to design and automatically generate AUTOSAR-compliant software with a minimum of rework.

The agreement continues a spate of product announcements that help establish an infrastructure that makes it simpler for automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to implement the standard. These infrastructure developments continue steadily even though few vehicles on the road use the standard even though the first vehicles meeting it rolled out in 2006.

“Adoption will be very slow, especially by the Detroit Three,” said Paul Hansen, Editor of the Paul Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics. “While GM has said it will adopt the standard, it won’t do so at least until after 2014 because it already has its own global software standard. And given the financial crisis, Ford and Chrysler engineers haven’t been able to work on it.”

He added that AUTOSAR offers enough potential for savings that its adoption seems inevitable. That view is supported by suppliers, who say that more modules are moving through the design process.

“Body electronics is the domain where we see the most activity,” said Guido Sandmann, Automotive Marketing Manager for The MathWorks. He noted that the linkage between the two companies’ tools will help engineers gain the portability that will let system suppliers design one system that will work in a range of applications.

“Vector’s DaVinci offers the ability to start from the bottom up to develop software that is independent from hardware and has an expandable architecture,” Sandmann said. “Our goal is to let engineers work the same way with their tools and adopt AUTOSAR.”

The collaboration should also facilitate reuse, making it simpler to add AUTOASAR compatibility when existing designs are updated. This versatility may also help when other standards emerge.

“Engineers developed a number of modules before AUTOSAR was around; they don’t want the intellectual property they created to go into the trash can,” said Jon Friedman, Transportation Industry Marketing Manager for The MathWorks. “Engineers can also work with confidence that as different standards come along, they can move to them.”

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