Elektrobit (EB) and IBM announced a software development initiative to deliver an integrated solution based on AUTOSAR 4.0. EB is integrating IBM Rational Rhapsody, a graphical modeling tool for complex software systems, with EB tresos, a tool that provides a framework for basic software configuration and deployment down to basic hardware control components within a car.
The firms said the integration gives engineers have the ability to test their design and software before the future hardware is available, reducing the risk associated with the complexity of automotive software projects.
Among the benefits: providing access to a tested, end-to-end ECU software development tool-chain, helping automakers manage the growing complexity of ECU software, shorter development cycles, and standardized software to increase re-usability across car platforms.
“A month ago, EB delivered the first compliant software development toolset for AUTOSAR 4.0 to carmakers and suppliers,” said Jochen Schoof, EB Vice President of ECU Software and Tools. “The project with IBM to integrate its application development tools on top of EB tresos basic software framework is another proof for the strong momentum on the way to industry-wide AUTOSAR 4.0 adoption.”
The AUTOSAR automotive standard allows re-using software across all car platforms worldwide. The standard reduces the complexity of design and simplifies the collaboration between engineering teams of all parts of the ecosystem, from hardware to software.
TRW supports the joint project and anticipates significant tangible benefits from the interoperability between IBM Rational Rhapsody and EB tresos. “In many cases the complexity and overhead required for AUTOSAR compliance has been significantly underestimated,” said Mark Haller, Director global software engineering at TRW. “This partnership between IBM and EB will provide us with a unified solution to bridge the gap between E/E and ECU electronic and software development, test and traceability.”
“By partnering with EB around this AUTOSAR environment, anyone using Rational Rhapsody to develop their models, and anyone using Elektrobit’s tresos to develop their basic software and their runtime environment are guaranteed that their software will interoperate correctly,” said Mark Lefebvre, director, Systems Alliances & Integrations, IBM Rational. “We’ve done all of the handshaking between those two environments as the result of our relationship.”
AUTOSAR solutions from EB are available now.