Open Innovation Lab
Purpose and goal
To develop open simulation tools that support third-party development of vehicle software, flexibility is of key importance. A generic platform, with clearly defined interfaces, is then a must and should be coupled with an open toolbox that allows configuration for specific development purposes. This project developed, documented and demonstrated one such platform. Additionally, the project demonstrated the potential of open automotive innovation by engaging university students in developing infotainment applications, for vehicle integration, on an open platform.
Expected results and effects
A simulator platform was developed and documented. Two simple functions were developed by third party and three simulator configurations were implemented to support their development, test and demonstration. The simulators demonstrated variability support with regard to type of vehicle function, type of vehicle (two types of vehicles provided by different companies), as well as regarding the selection of simulator components. In addition, 67 university students developed 11 infotainment applications on the Android Automotive platform in collaboration with Volvo Cars.
Planned approach and implementation
Vehicle manufacturers (OEM) and supplier companies collaborated in the project to iteratively develop the platform according to a Design Thinking methodology, enabling continuous validation that the platform supports both the OEM’s and the developer’s perspectives. Increasingly capable simulators were developed in several iterations which then were abstracted into an architecture description and a set of tools. The latter can then be used to instantiate a concrete simulator complying with the platform architecture.