Software can kill you or save your life
Software: a matter of life or death?Like most mornings, your alarm clock goes off. You get up and drink your daily dose of caffeine before heading out. You get in your car and turn on the heater. You turn on your favorite radio station and type the address for your 8:00 AM meeting into the navigation system. You then proceed to get on a conference call using a Bluetooth device embedded in your car. Just like any other morning, except today something unexpected will happen.
You’re crossing an intersection when suddenly a car runs a red light right in front of you. You hit the brakes but there’s not enough time. It’s all a matter of milliseconds for you and for your airbag. In this case, like most others, the behavior of the embedded software is just as important as the functional side. Your software does the right calculation but a few milliseconds too late and you would have been dead. Every millisecond counts.
The reality is that the electric and electronic (E/E) systems in today's automobile development are increasingly interconnected and rely on each other for functionality. The resulting complexity is explosive. Not every case is a matter of life and death like this one, but you get the point.
How to deal with complexity to save time and money
That’s the kind of complexity IBM Rational and INCHRON have teamed up to address. INCHRON is a worldwide leading provider of solutions for the development of real-time critical embedded systems and networks. Since up to 90% of all innovations in the automotive industry are by now embedded systems and particularly embedded software driven, the stakes are high.
Think about the amount of time and money that’s being spent on the development of these systems. Reducing time and cost can have a massive impact on the cost situation for customers. IBM Rational and INCHRON have partnered to provide Hella, a tier 1 automotive supplier, with a model and simulation-based systems engineering solution, dramatically reducing costly redesign, safety issues and cost in their complex development process.
“The project was a driver assistance system where radar sensors and camera sensors have an impact on the brakes, on the acceleration of the car, so - very important safety features of the vehicle.” -Uwe Brodtmann, CEO of INCHRON
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