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CES innovations: Simulators and testing systems reduce costs, expedite product development

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 08:00
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This year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas again took on the trappings of a vast global automotive exposition as nearly 300,000 square feet of the record-setting 2.75 million square-feet of overall displays featured a wide selection of vehicle-related rollouts, updates and product demonstrations.

CES exhibitors and attendees were connecting with connectivity among numerous autonomous concept vehicles along with current and future component-based breakthroughs, and it’s quite likely that significant professional connections were made to cultivate new collaborative ventures.

Forming partnerships amid a highly populated, fast-moving pace of inventions and refinements remains a sound business strategy, observes Young Sohn, the president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, who also serves as chairman of the board at Harman, acquired by Samsung for $8 billion in 2017. “Building an autonomous platform requires close collaboration across industry, as one company cannot deliver on this enormous opportunity alone,” Sohn says. “The challenge is simply too big and too complex.”

Bringing autonomous-related products to market can be a costly and time-consuming proposition given that many miles of actual on-road travel may be required to assemble the necessary data and work out the bugs, and aftermarket executives have been taking notice of the sizable CES selection of applications for simulating true-to-life driving conditions to create a more cost-effective environment for engineering and testing product development projects.

A partnership formed last year between India’s Tata Elxsi and Britain’s Spirent Communications has been instrumental in developing a V2X (vehicle-to- infrastructure or “vehicle-to-everything”) system for manufacturers of autonomous equipment that provides flexible, scalable and comprehensive testing and performance benchmarking throughout the development cycle – ranging from early research to pre-production.

Using a combination of Tata Elxsi’s patent-pending V2X Emulator Software and Spirent’s advanced solutions for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and radio channel simulation, “the integrated V2X test bed offers the ability to bring real-world traffic scenarios into the lab and thereby significantly reduces cost and time associated with extensive field testing,” according to the companies.

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