Will My Car be Safe to Drive?

February 3, 2014  by  


By Robert B. K. Dewar

Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University

President, Ada Core Technologies

It’s no secret that the cars we drive today, and especially those we will drive in the near future, have huge amounts of sophisticated software aboard. By some accounts the number of lines of code in a car can significantly exceed the number of lines of code in a modern commercial jetliner. And as with the jetliner, we are entrusting our safety to the reliability of this software.

Using VectorCAST to satisfy software verification and validation for ISO 26262

February 15, 2011  by  

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A Vector Software White Paper

Competition in the automotive industry is intense. Successful companies must constantly innovate by introducing new features, many of which contain significant amounts of software. The automobile has been transformed from primarily a mechanical device, into an integrated machine with embedded software in all major systems including: engine control, power train, suspension, braking, and entertainment.

Controlling the costs of automotive embedded systems is extremely important for automotive industry suppliers since there is a much higher volume of software than other safety-critical industries like avionics and railway.

“The Detroit Electric Scheme”

January 24, 2011  by  

A murder mystery set in Detroit in 1910 sounded interesting, though I will admit that at first glance I thought the Detroit Electric in the title of D.E. Johnson’s novel (The Detroit Electric Scheme) referred to skullduggery at the local power company versus the real-life Anderson Carriage Company that built electric vehicles back in the day.

Someone has been murdered at the factory, and the finger of suspicion points to Will Anderson, the fictional son of auto pioneer William C. Anderson. With help from his father, a neighbor across the hall, and Edsel Ford, Will discovers high-level bribery, contends with dope-dealing mobsters and labor strife, and aids a close friend in dire need.

Mathworks Case Study: Lear delivers quality body control electronics faster using model-based design

November 8, 2010  by  

Lear automotive body electronic control unit

The challenge – design, verify, and implement high-quality automotive body control electronics

The solution – use model-based design to enable early and continuous verification via simulation and SIL and HIL testing

The results

- Requirements validated early

- Development time cut by 40 percent

- Zero warranty issues reported

Automotive OEMs are pushing suppliers to deliver more functionality in ECU software. To reduce cost, suppliers often integrate many control functions for body electronics—from wipers, lights, windows, and antitheft systems to power distribution—on a single ECU, commonly known as a body control module (BCM) or smart junction box.

Electrical design tools put race car design on the fast track

October 28, 2010  by  

By Phil Davies
Product Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division
Mentor Graphics Corporation

Race car design, like racing itself, is a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. A designer’s misjudgment can have the same disastrous results a driver’s error might cause. A race car must be a tightly-integrated unit, from chassis to brakes and beyond. Given this requirement, it’s no wonder that Formula 1 and other racing teams have turned to CAD  tools for help in developing their bodywork , chassis geometries and just about everything else mechanical.

Automotive harness costing in minutes?

August 31, 2010  by  

By Paul Johnston, Senior Application Engineer Consultant

Mentor Graphics Corporation

The ultimate goal of wire harness product engineering is to ensure that harnesses can be manufactured at a competitive and well-understood cost.  This is a difficult challenge because project time scales and margins are continually squeezed, while  variables such as design content and copper prices can change rapidly.  And it is a task whose dynamics exceed the grasp of manual record-keeping methods.

Given the uncertainties, are credible software solutions available to help OEMs and suppliers perform wire harness costing expediently? Does the problem call for in-house tools, or something acquired “off-the-shelf?”

iSuppli says fourth-generation infotainment architectures put consumers in charge

August 24, 2010  by  



The adoption of fourth-generation design architectures starting this year is shifting the supply and consumption paradigm in the automotive infotainment business, with consumers having a greater influence than ever before on car electronics, according to the automotive market research firm iSuppli Corp.

Fourth-generation design represents the first industry wide platform with no limit to the features and functions that can be added by the consumer after the purchase of a vehicle. It is also the first automotive architecture implemented in vehicles that does not have a pre-defined set of features on the production line. As a result, the role and responsibility of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the consumer has changed dramatically.

Executive Insight: Alcatel-Lucent

August 24, 2010  by  

Partner Message – Telematics Update

Ellis Lindsay, director of solution incubation at Alcatel-Lucent, about making the connected car a reality.

Interviewed by Rebecca Mantle – Telematics Update

Ellis Lindsay

Ellis Lindsay is a director of solution incubation at Alcatel-Lucent with global responsibility for developing strategic solutions across multiple markets. Previous to this role within Alcatel-Lucent, Lindsay was a director of strategy for the America’s region CTO. Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, he was associate director, consumer services development at Bell Canada and a director of strategic alliances for Ubiquity Software. In these roles, he was an early participant in the evolution of SIP solutions within the service provider community.

Telematics Update plans Content & Apps Conference

August 23, 2010  by  

Partner Message – Telematics Update

November 30 – December 1, 2010 at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay

Automotive  web, wireless and digital business leaders will meet in San Diego at Telematics Update’s Content & Apps for Automotive USA 2010 conference, November 30 – December 1, 2010 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay.

Rebecca Mantle

Conference organizers note that the automotive industry is riding a wave of great change - with which comes both opportunity and inevitable pressure to integrate, differentiate and reduce time to market. The automotive, telematics, web and mobile industries have been set a monumental challenge.

Executive Insight: Audible.com

August 17, 2010  by  

Partner Message – Telematics Update

Guy Story, CTO and chief scientist at Audible.com, about the future of the connected car

Interviewed by Rebecca Mantle, Telematics Update

The vehicle will be a first class connected Internet device.  Audible.com is the Internet’s leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment. Guy Story joined Audible in 1996 as VP technology and led the architecture and development of Audible’s innovative mobile audio and Internet commerce technologies. Prior to joining Audible, Guy worked in research and development for over 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies, where his areas of focus included networked delivery of multimedia documents and interactive television. Today at Audible Guy is focused on opportunities in wireless, automotive, in-home entertainment, and social media.

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