IPG Automotive attaches great importance to developing potential solutions to current challenges in the automotive industry. With the vision of achieving autonomous driving, test methods for assistance functions are being subject to increasingly diverse requirements at all stages of the development process to accommodate for the diversity of scenarios as well as system complexity and the range of available vehicles. Vehicle measuring techniques and data loggers use real vehicle tests to record situations in which the system under test is not functioning as expected. The logged data are then analyzed and any necessary changes made to the system. To check these adaptations, the vehicle must be placed in exactly the same situation in which the irregularities were determined. The LogDaSim project aims to find a solution to this challenge by automatically generating scenarios from real recorded data. These scenarios can then be used in virtual test driving at all stages of the development process. Over time, this process will create a catalog of test cases that can be used to secure the systems at all stages of development.
Research is constantly striving to improve test methods in general – a goal that IPG Automotive shares. The company is therefore taking part in the HiPe-FiS project with the aim of closing the gap between real accident situations and standardized crash tests and driving safety tests, and thus linking active and passive safety systems. Improving safety systems is also the goal of the MAPS project, which sees research and tests carried out to determine how safety-critical systems can be optimized at an early stage using model-based test and development approaches. Another key development in the automotive industry is the increasing range of powertrain variants. IPG Automotive is involved in several projects that are investigating the aspects of electric and hybrid driving. In the GreenNavigation project, driving and operating strategies are being optimized to improve the range of electric vehicles and thus address any concerns customers may have. The opti-E-Drive project also focuses on conventional and optimal operating strategies for hybrid and electric vehicles, and has developed a toolbox for numerical simulation, while Pre-E aims to combine route and energy management for electric vehicles. Improving test methods also plays a key role in this area. The STEVE project wants to provide a simulation and test environment based on CarMaker, including methods, that can be used to test and develop electric vehicles combined with energy management throughout the development process.
Various scientific institutes are taking part in the projects, such as the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe. Other project partners include the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Pforzheim University and the Technische Universität Berlin. IPG Automotive is one of multiple business enterprises involved in the research projects.