Math­works’ cal­i­bra­tion tools to drive fu­ture ve­hi­cles

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The Bos­ton-head­quar­tered Math­Works, a simulation so­lu­tion provider spe­cial­is­ing in math­e­mat­i­cal com­put­ing soft­ware for ap­pli­ca­tions in the new trends in au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, codes al­go­rithms for multi do­main de­sign op­ti­mi­sa­tion of OEMs. This op­ti­mi­sa­tion could be done by us­ing model based cal­i­bra­tion tool. The model based de­sign is a frame­work in the Mat­lab and Simulink plat­form which the com­pany pro­vides to OEMs and sup­pli­ers. The con­trol al­go­rithms could be coded and au­to­mated in this frame­work. Com­po­nent de­sign, sub­sys­tem de­sign and ve­hi­cle de­sign could be pro­grammed with this plat­form. The model based cal­i­bra­tion tool helps in sim­u­lat­ing the com­plex de­sign and sys­tems. The com­pany stated that BS VI norms steer the con­trol logic of model based cal­i­bra­tion tool.

In order to at­tain the emis­sion stan­dards de­fined for 2020, the con­trol al­go­rithms of en­gine have to be relooked at. Re­cal­i­bra­tion has to be made in mul­ti­ple pa­ram­e­ters and the model based simulation tool from the com­pany paves the way for that. It gives ad­vanced com­pu­ta­tional al­go­rithms for low com­bus­tion. The Simulink plat­form has the model based cal­i­bra­tion tool box and the OEMs are now in the phase of ex­am­in­ing it. Through this plat­form the com­pany ed­u­cates the cus­tomers on how the plat­form leads them to the des­ti­na­tion of BS VI.

Kishore Rao, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Math­Works, told Au­toCom­po­nents In­dia that, “It is now a very ex­cit­ing time to be part of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try as elec­tron­ics and me­chan­ics are hooked up to an in­sep­a­ra­ble ex­tent. Tech­no­log­i­cal in­puts drive the fu­ture ve­hi­cles and we are part of the jour­ney. The model based cal­i­bra­tion tool box in the Simulink plat­form has a lot of in­puts for the fu­ture ve­hi­cles through which OEMs could de­sign com­plex sys­tem and enu­mer­ate com­plex al­go­rithms. We are al­ready work­ing with In­dian OEMs but the pro­ject is in an on­go­ing stage. Hence it is too early for us to dis­close the name of the OEMs but cer­tainly the in­au­gu­ra­tion bells will ring in a year’s time af­ter get­ting ap­provals from the OEMs.”

Simulation is not just a word and it is not stated to take a sin­gle task. The car is a com­bi­na­tion of elec­tronic, me­chan­i­cal and hy­draulic sys­tems. Mat­lab and Simulink carry out the simulation process with a sin­gle in­te­grated frame­work. Val­i­da­tions done on the com­put­ers will im­prove the qual­ity of the prod­uct. The com­pany claimed that the so­lu­tions it of­fers al­low com­pa­nies to do simulation end to end and val­i­date all scenarios and do ver­i­fi­ca­tion on soft­ware and not on the ve­hi­cles. A small flaw in de­sign could also be iden­ti­fied be­fore­hand and this mit­i­gates the re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues.

In­dian mar­ket has be­come a sweet spot for the auto man­u­fac­tur­ers to in­vest. “We are still tasked with cre­at­ing aware­ness of our prod­ucts in the In­dian mar­ket. Though 90% of OEMs and sup­pli­ers are us­ing our

so­lu­tions, the com­plete aware­ness is still not im­parted. Dur­ing val­i­da­tion of any sys­tem, sub-sys­tem or com­po­nent the codes are gen­er­ated au­to­mat­i­cally in the model based en­vi­ron­ment in the Simulink plat­form. But in In­dia, man­ual cod­ing is still in ex­is­tence. The mar­ket, to a large ex­tent, is fol­low­ing tra­di­tional sys­tem and we need to ed­u­cate them on the simulation based/model based en­vi­ron­ment. We are play­ing a ped­a­gogue role in the obliv­i­ous mar­kets,” Rao said.

The com­pany noted that the chal­lenge in the In­dian mar­ket is to get the right tal­ent as the pro­fes­sion­als pass­ing out from the col­lege are not in­dus­try-ready. The com­pany is im­part­ing train­ing to the stu­dents, fac­ul­ties in the aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions to cre­ate aware­ness about its plat­form and the in­dus­try as such. “Out of 3000 en­gi­neer­ing col­leges in In­dia 2000 col­leges use our tool in the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics lab. For the past 10 years, our in­dus­try stan­dard tool is used in aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions inas­much that pro­ject based learn­ing is achieved with low-cost hard­ware through which the simulation en­vi­ron­ment has been brought into the elec­tron­ics lab. Tech­ni­cal evan­ge­lists from our or­gan­i­sa­tion take care of de­vel­op­ing and en­hanc­ing course stan­dards,” he said.

Au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is ba­si­cally driven by the key trends for years. Fuel ef­fi­ciency and emis­sions, safety and data an­a­lyt­ics are the 3 sad­dles on which the in­dus­try is be­ing chauf­feured. Driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, radar sys­tems, col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tems, and land departure are some of the al­go­rithms coded in the ve­hi­cle as safety mea­sures. With mul­ti­ple sen­sors com­ing in like radar and lidar sen­sors the de­sign al­go­rithms and the com­plex com­pu­ta­tions are be­com­ing oner­ous tasks and the Mat­lab plat­form out­puts the so­lu­tions and pro­to­cols to be fol­lowed pre­cisely. Pre­dic­tive main­te­nance of a lot of OEMs’ prod­ucts are taken care with these plat­form based so­lu­tions. Mat­lab and Simulink plat­form as men­tioned above en­able model based de­sign and this frame­work helps in var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions like im­age pro­cess­ing, con­trol sys­tems and data an­a­lyt­ics.

The afore­men­tioned key trends like fuel ef­fi­ciency and emis­sions, safety and data an­a­lyt­ics led to the model based de­sign frame work to the global mar­ket. This in turn drives the new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment which draws in­no­va­tion lines for driver as­sis­tance, col­li­sion warn­ing and lane departure. All these may not hit the In­dian mar­ket at one go. But the as­pects of the safety prod­ucts will sneak peek in the coun­try. This was clearly elu­ci­dated in the re­cent connected cars event in Pune. “Some of the so­lu­tions like col­li­sion warn­ing, and lane departure will be pro­grammed in the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles for In­dian mar­ket at the right cost”, Rao said.

The do­mes­tic OEMs have to pace equally with their global coun­ter­parts. “This com­pe­ti­tion knocks our doors with a de­mand for new ap­pli­ca­tions and fea­tures. We might have to code simulation so­lu­tions by analysing the data. We are an in­te­grated so­lu­tion provider and we can pro­gramme end-to- end so­lu­tions us­ing data an­a­lyt­ics, and gen­er­ate au­to­matic code in C and HDL lan­guages. We have va­ri­eties of case stud­ies through which the new cus­tomers could be ben­e­fited. The data an­a­lytic so­lu­tions pro­vided by us in Mat­lab plat­form with hadoop and big data will be­come a one stop so­lu­tion for the fu­ture simulation-driven ve­hi­cles,” Rao added.

Kishore Rao, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Math­Works

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