9/18/2014

Siemens Touts Centralized EV Systems Control

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Siemens AG has developed a centralized computer platform that can handle an electric vehicle's driver assistance, safety and infotainment systems simultaneously.

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Siemens AG has developed a centralized computer platform that can handle an electric vehicle's driver assistance, safety and infotainment systems simultaneously.

The goal is to eliminate independent control systems, each with its own hardware and software. The new architecture separates the software from the hardware that runs it. Doing so makes it easier to retrofit new features. Siemens likens the approach to the way smartphone apps use a phone's standard GPS, camera and sensors as needed for their own purposes.

The new architecture was developed by Siemens' corporate technology department and through its role as leader of Germany's government-funded RACE (Robust and Reliant Automotive Computing Environment for Future eCars) consortium.

Partners in the RACE project, which concludes at the end of this year, are TRW Automotive, AVL, Fortiss, the University of Stuttgart, TU Munchen, RWTH Aaachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute.