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Volkswagen integrates ECU through MathWorks

Posted: 03 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AUTOSAR demo  ECU network  vehicle design 

The MathWorks has announced that Volkswagen has integrated a fully AUTOSAR-compliant comfort and convenience electronic control unit (ECU) into an existing Volkswagen ECU network for the first time by automatically generating the compliant software from Simulink models with Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder.

According to the announcement, the carmaker successfully demonstrated to the automotive industry how this emerging AUTOSAR standard can be put into practice and integrated into next-generation vehicle design and development. As part of the project, Volkswagen further integrated the AUTOSAR-compliant ECU onto a serial device that was successfully deployed into a Volkswagen Passat sedan.

Applying Model-Based Design with MathWorks products enabled Volkswagen engineers to accelerate the process of specifying, deploying and verifying production-quality software. Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder automatically produced AUTOSAR-compliant C code from the models, which eliminated the cost and complexity of manual code generation. Volkswagen also used The MathWorks AUTOSAR Demonstration Kit (ADK), which supports Model-Based Design of AUTOSAR software components with MATLAB, Simulink and Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder.

"We are excited to demonstrate the integration of an AUTOSAR-compliant ECU into an existing ECU network through our collaboration with The MathWorks and other AUTOSAR partners," said Bernd Kunkel, the project manager at Volkswagen responsible for this initiative. "We worked closely with The MathWorks to integrate Model-Based Design, which accelerated the generation of code, eliminated many of the errors associated with hand-coding, and helped us contribute to developing open standards."

"Volkswagen?s success with Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder demonstrates the value of using MathWorks products to integrate Model-Based Design and automatically generate AUTOSAR components, which minimises disruption to existing development processes," said Andy Grace, VP of engineering and design automation, The MathWorks. "We have a strong commitment to the AUTOSAR idea and MathWorks products themselves are built on an open-system architecture that provides automotive customers the power and flexibility they need to develop robust, scalable and easily maintained software."




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