Publication Name: auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Date: May 2018
The company is also working on sensor modeling and simulation, synthetic scenario creation, e-mobility, remote operation, vehicle security and apps validation and production-oriented AD validation engine for testing OEM/Tier-1 suppliers autonomous driving platform.
Test automation is at its peak today. The automotive industry is now looking at how quickly new features can be brought into a production vehicle. In an interview with ETAuto, Shaju S, General Manager & Head of Automotive Business Unit, Tata Elxsi talks about how his company is helping clients in setting up lab-based testing environments and achieving up to 100 per cent test automation. Edited excerpts:
How is the market growing for testing and simulation in India? What are the current trends?
The testing and simulation market has grown exponentially over the last few years. We are finding more testing and simulation opportunities, especially in the advanced driver-assistance systems, electric vehicles and autonomous driving areas.
In testing and simulation, we are working on sensor modeling and simulation, synthetic scenario creation, e-mobility – highly automated system level validation for electric vehicles, connected mobility – remote operation, vehicle security and apps validation and production-oriented AD validation engine for testing OEM/Tier-1s autonomous driving platform for our Indian customers.
What are the current developments in testing and simulation in the auto sector?
Test automation is at its peak today. More and more OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers are moving their validation from vehicles to labs. The automotive industry is now looking at how quickly new features can be brought into a production vehicle.
Tata Elxsi is helping clients in setting up lab-based testing environments and achieving up to 100 per cent test automation. The major development areas that we focus on are virtual validation, artificial intelligence (AI), secure vehicle communication validation around telematic control units (TCUs), connectivity and remote access for over the air (OTAs) and prognostics.
In the autonomous driving era, all OEMs are designing autonomous vehicles. However, validating (up to Level 5) these designs is a challenge as the vehicles need to be driven for millions of miles to completely understand the produ
This is where virtual validation in the lab becomes a viable solution. Different kinds of motorable surfaces and traffic situations are created in a virtual environment, where the model is developed and mounted with virtual sensors like cameras, radar and LiDAR to serve as the testing algorithm.
A virtual environment with a host of variables thrown in allows OEMs to completely understand the product and the design before taking it to the next level.
In addition to this, another new trend in the auto industry is AI-based testing. Just imagine a test system, which detects software changes, selects the tests to be executed, performs the tests, analyses the results and detects the problem area.
With solutions like this in place, the effort and money put into any project will come down significantly. A direct result of these developments is also a reduction in time for a product to hit the market.
Which are the developments that will happen in this sphere in the future with electric vehicles and BS-VI emission norms coming?
With BS-VI norms coming in, testing for emission compliance, crash norms compliance, component quality and fuel consumption level will become more stringent. Simulation opportunities will rise in powertrain technologies, battery management solutions, electric vehicle development, connectivity and V2X leading to a smart product life cycle management.
The developments will be focused on battery emulation software, precise engine calibrations, automated validation frameworks for principal EV controller units and optimised performances. There will be some challenges while tweaking existing models and complexity in testing.
What are OEMs asking for in this field?
The fourth industrial revolution is taking a firm hold over the automotive space and its effects are being felt across the design and manufacturing process. There are 10 things that we see our customers asking us for: Setting up a lab environment for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, real-time and configurable automation framework for AD algorithm validation, solution IP’s and off the shelf components, test scenario elicitation, sensor and car modeling, scenario development in a virtual environment, custom tools that are not available from test and measurement companies, test execution, AI-based test framework development -- a single platform that can validate as many vehicle features.