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Developing and Testing Vehicle Cabin, Body, and Comfort Controls

Efficiently develop and test control systems that enhance both driving experience and passenger comfort


Comfort and safety experience are primary factors in decision-making during new vehicle purchases. Also, competitive fuel economy and battery range are must-have factors on the market. Therefore, designing a comfortable and safe vehicle cabin for OEMs and tier suppliers is not the only objective. In addition, vehicle designers need to ensure that energy efficiency is also kept in check for newly designed systems.

Speedgoat real-time simulation and testing solutions enable you to tackle these challenges. Our flexible and scalable control prototyping and ECU testing solutions help you to develop smart and power-efficient vehicle cabins and comfort controls. For instance, you can design and test new instrument clusters, cabin noise canceling and climate control controls, or even run automated test campaigns of new Body Control Modules (BCM) and information domain ECUs.

“Model-based design itself has proven to be very flexible, powerful and efficient for our purposes. Using the Mobile real-time target machine from Speedgoat, we were able to completely redesign a functional prototype based on a model and verify it during an afternoon session."

Matthaeus Artmann, Manager Electronics Engineering Pre- and Module Development, ZKW Lichtsysteme GmbH


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Featured Application Use Cases

Vehicle Body Control Module

Work smarter and faster with a solution that lets you address both the rapid prototyping of new BCM reference designs as well as performing functional testing of series production BCM embedded software. Access powerful calibration and bypassing workflows, using ASAM XCP, all from within Simulink. Quickly connect with the hardware-under-test, mechatronic devices, and electric drives, using vehicle buses  (CAN and J1939, CAN-FD, LIN, and FlexRay)  and  high-speed connectivity (PWM, SPI, or UART). Run AUTOSAR-compliant BCM validation campaigns with powerful residual bus simulations and gateways.

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Vehicle Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems


Quickly iterate and optimize new real-time heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control strategies created with Simulink® and Stateflow®. Use the Simscape™ Moist Air library to rapidly create high-fidelity and real-time capable models of conventional and electric-powered HVAC systems, including heat exchangers, compressors, and ducts. Automatically test the functionality of early prototypes or series-production automatic climate controllers using powerful Speedgoat hardware-in-the-loop test platforms. Seamlessly connect to the centralized ECU and its distributed mechatronic actuators and sensors.

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Adaptive Lighting Systems

Rapidly design and run in-vehicle tests of innovative controls for adaptive front-lighting systems (AFS) and glare-free high beams. Leverage automatic code generation to rapidly deploy Simulink-based controller prototypes and eliminate error-prone tasks of manual C/C++ coding. 

Speedgoat mobile target machines can run as standalone controllers, working in tandem with remaining vehicle ECUs and communicating through CAN, CAN-FD, LIN, and FlexRay. Rapidly assess performance and impact of new control strategies through live signal monitoring and offline analysis of recorded signals. 

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Vehicle Cabin Active Noise Cancelling

Improve driver’s experience by using active noise control (ANC) to reduce structure and airborne noises inside the vehicle’s cabin. Rapidly prototype audio processing systems and achieve minimum round-trip latency for signal processing, using Speedgoat fast analog I/O modules. Eliminate time-consuming and error-prone hand-coding tasks using automatic code generation offered by Audio Toolbox™ and DSP System Toolbox™. Test your new designs by connecting accelerometers, microphones, and speakers to the real-time system. Speedgoat mobile real-time computers enable seamless testing in the car, such as tuning filter parameters and optimizing sensor positions.

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Vehicle Cockpit Solutions

Use hardware-in-the-loop simulation of your virtual vehicle to test digital instrument clusters and heads-up displays. Validate whether display components such as the speedometer, the revolution counter, or the fuel gauge work correctly and similarly important whether warning messages or the status of assistant systems are properly displayed. Connect the instrument cluster to a Speedgoat target machine running a virtual vehicle and interface with it using video interfaces, analog and digital signals as well as standard communication protocols such as CAN, CAN-FD, LIN, FlexRay, or Ethernet

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Vehicle Infotainment Systems and Human Machine Interfaces

Iterate through your design while being connected to the vehicle's networks or simulate your vehicle to validate your production-level human machine interfaces (HMI) systematically. Leverage Stateflow® to efficiently design control logic or create early HMI mock-ups using MATLAB App Designer. 

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Real-Time Simulation and Testing

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