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MobileDrive builds autonomous driving systems with digital twin technology

by Pieter Werner

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced that MobileDrive has adopted a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach to support its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) development, using the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio and its comprehensive digital twin technology.

Founded in 2021 as a joint venture, FIH Mobile and Stellantis, MobileDrive is developing infotainment, telematics and a cloud service platform, together with ancillary hardware and software. MobileDrive’s primary interest was to use a model-based framework to develop the algorithms and software controls for common and advanced ADAS applications, such as Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK), Lane Following Control (LFC), Auto Lane Change (ALC), Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), and Autonomous Emergency Steering (AES).

To help the organization with this, Siemens’ Simcenter Engineering and Consulting services team worked with MobileDrive to deliver a complete methodology and roadmap for its ADAS vision while developing the control algorithms and building a detailed scenario-based system model including sensors and vehicle dynamics, based on market led full vehicle requirements using the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services.

This systems model was then applied to virtual test environment allowing the MobileDrive team to observe vehicles as a true digital twin to quickly uncover and address both system and software performance issues earlier in the development cycle.

Ultimately, MobileDrive realized a more effective and reliable software development process before a physical prototype was even built. This was due to their newfound ability to verify ADAS software features early in the digital twin environment, reducing the effort of hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) and vehicle testing.

“The automotive industry is undergoing major transformations to better satisfy the needs of users in diverse scenarios and enable a more intuitive, seamless in-vehicle user experience and we have established the key sophisticated technologies and actively collaborated with reliable partners,” said Winston Hsu, CTO at MobileDrive. “Thanks to our collaboration with Siemens, we are able to bring our products to market in a much more streamlined, efficient manner.”

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