ASTech - Automotive Safety Technologies

Technology

Our technology: 360° integral vehicle safety

Our technology

Safety first. Integrally designed and implemented!

Integral. A simple word that makes a big difference in the field of vehicle safety. Just develop? Not at ASTech. We go the whole way – from start to finish – in order to create safe driving functions.

In a nutshell: we specify functions, such as for passenger monitoring, develop algorithms with the help of virtual models, and implement them, either “hand-coded” or model-based. We do that for so-called functional prototypes or for hundreds of thousands of series production vehicles in embedded systems found in various vehicle platforms.

Through integration in a virtual environment and in test vehicles, we can “experience” all of our functions at an early stage and as a result achieve the necessary robustness and effectiveness required for safety functions in real traffic situations. To do that we use methods such as machine learning or we reconstruct real accidents in a simulation environment.

We’re convinced that integral development is the only way to (safely) bring autonomous driving to the streets.

Every vision needs strong innovation and hard work

Protecting lives with artificial intelligence

We link vehicle data with information from ambient sensors to anticipate dangers at an early stage and activate protection strategies, such as in the event of an imminent, unavoidable collision. We possess years of in-depth expertise in the field of automotive environment detection and work with current sensor technologies such as radar, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and cameras for data acquisition and object analysis.

Protecting lives with artificial intelligence

Robust and fast: our processes, tool chains and development frameworks

In the area of algorithm and software development, we rely on strong and uniform methods and processes. We also place high value on the early use of simulation technologies.

Our algorithms and predictors are developed in line with top-down design principles for detailed system understanding, then implemented and validated in compliance with the ASIL (automotive safety integrity level) classification scheme. Within this context, we work with innovative tools such as the SceneInspector for incremental probabilistic simulation or with proven frameworks such as ADTF (automotive data and time-triggered framework), that continuously support the system engineering process.

Functions, systems and software for integral safety must be developed in accordance with international automotive standards. Internal and external audits, as well as our projects, regularly confirm this compliance such as with respect to the ASPICE (automotive software process improvement and capability determination) level 2 requirements.

Robust and fast

Virtual methods: simulations in a risk-free environment

We utilize virtual development methods such as finite element simulation (FEM), stochastic simulation and driving simulation. With these methods we can generate the basis of data for the development and design of our integral driving and safety functions at an early stage, thus significantly increasing the efficiency, quality and field of effectiveness of our functions.

Our ASTech team covers the entire chain, from driving simulation to FEM crash simulation and the enhancement of human models. This enables us to draw the correct (and important) conclusions with respect to component and structure design for the maximum level of vehicle passenger safety and other traffic participants.

Virtual methods

Safety through repeated testing, validation and optimization

When we develop electronic components used in semi-autonomous and autonomous driving and safety functions, the work obviously doesn’t stop there. We also have to carry out testing and validation. We love testing, an area where we incorporate intensive expertise along continually refined processes as well. And of course we fulfill industry-specific requirements such as the ISO 265262 standards for functional safety.

We validate individual components, as well as connected electronic control units or complex vehicle functions in line with SiL (software-in-the-loop), HiL (hardware-in-the-loop) or integrally (XiL). This encompasses the design, automation and management of complex component test beds for electrical, electronic and functions-oriented tests, or simulation and modeling by means of complex HiL models in MATLAB or Simulink.

Sicherheit durch wiederholtes Testen

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