Increasingly stringent statutory provisions such as Euro VI or zero-emission zones, larger urban populations, the booming Asian automobile market and constantly rising demand for individual solutions confront European vehicle manufacturers with a major challenge. Customers want an extremely diverse variety of vehicle options, which makes a time- and cost-efficient development process essential for the industry.
A new solution for all phases of distributed vehicle development
Today the development of new vehicles is distributed over many partners at many locations in many countries. This includes not only the development process with real components and systems, but also preliminary development with models and simulation.
Combining all these topologically scattered development tasks in all development phases at a single location is not feasible due to the high time and resource costs, so an interoperable solution is necessary and ACOSAR will provide it.
The project is tasked with developing an interface called Advanced Co-simulation Interface (ACI)that allows real-time systems (including systems from different producers) to be linked over topological distances to form a virtual, simulated overall system. A particular aim of the standardization activities is to significantly reduce the configuration effort necessary for this and thereby boost the efficiency of tests and simulations.
ACI enables automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly develop complex systems efficiently and test them at an early stage (front loading). An example of these systems is the innovations in automated driving, where the individual components (cameras, sensors, logics and control systems) come from different manufacturers. In the case of environment detection for automated driving functions, for example, ACI would make it easy to integrate real sensors from different manufacturers into subsystems for system layout, so that the actual effects of the sensors could be taken into account very early in the design.
ACOSAR also opens up new application areas and thus revenue prospects for manufacturers of simulation tools and real-time simulation systems, since their systems can be used in combination with other components for relatively complex tasks.