AutomationDesk 5.0 speeds up ECU testing

July 16, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Embedded systems development and test tool vendor dSpace has launched version 5.0 of its AutomationDesk software. This test automation tool now contains numerous innovations. In total, the software enables a modernization of the ECU test process. This is particularly important for developers testing complex camera-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The most prominent new feature of AutomationDesk 5.0 is its signal-based test description that significantly facilitates and simplifies ECU test description. The tool's plotter-like editor lets the users intuitively describe stimulus signals and reference signals for simulation variables. The documentation of the performed tests provides a report with vivid plots and parameter information.

As for the previous version, AutomationDesk 4.1, safety certification company TÜV SÜD confirms that AutomationDesk 5.0 is also suitable for testing safety-critical functions on all Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL), from ASIL A to D, as described by the ISO 26262 standard. Together with the AutomationDesk Safety Manual, an additional user documentation on using AutomationDesk in safety-relevant projects, the TÜV SÜD certificate makes it significantly easier for users to achieve classification, qualification and validation of their product development process, in accordance with the functional safety standards ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.

AutomationDesk 5.0 can now remote-control MotionDesk, dSPACE's 3-D animation software for validating mechatronic systems. MotionDesk is used to visualize test maneuvers, traffic and test environments for vehicles. This new remote-control capability simplifies tasks such as testing camera-based driver assistance systems by automatically importing various customer-defined test scenarios into MotionDesk.

AutomationDesk 5.0 supports the new ASAM XIL standard and enables simulation-system-independent test descriptions and control of electric fault simulation. AutomationDesk can now be used for automated testing in all stages of software development (MIL, SIL, HIL) and with all test systems that support the ASAM XIL standard.
The ASAM XIL API standard is the successor of the ASAM HIL API standard. XIL API standardizes the interface between the test hardware and the test software. The standard provides for the reuse of test cases and decoupling the test automation software from the test hardware.

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