The cost pressure due to the legal requirements for emission reduction, fuel economy and onboard diagnosis systems on one side and the growing competition in the globalised market on the other has been answered by the automotive industry with higher integrated systems comprising a rapidly increasing complexity. However, currently the requirements on the control systems targeted for automotive applications in the area of engine, gear box and chassis control are changing dramatically. They are increasing in a pace not foreseen even less than two years ago.
Beside a cost reducing higher system integration and an ever more powerful 'Automotive' microcontroller, a new beginning for system design and development is required not only to significantly reduce time to market but also to achieve higher featured systems at lower cost.
Two innovations in particular are necessary to yield this goal:
For doing so, the necessary tools and their interfaces will have to be available to provide an integrated Development Platform addressing seamlessly all required stages of the development life-cycle, i.e. supporting the downfall from a high CASE-level design entry and simulation/validation, rapid prototyping down to the target hardware for debugging and calibration as well as the upflow by feeding the data collected by the ICE for system analysis and debugging all the way back to the entry CASE level.
The target of the Project DRIVE, realised by joint and mutual undertaking of a consortium of seven Partners comprising all members of the automotive food-chain - ROVER/UK (Car Manufacturer), SIEMENS AUTOMOTIVE/FR (System Supplier), SIEMENS SEMICONDUCTORS/D (Silicon Vendor), ASHLING/IRL (System Performance Analyser), S&P MEDIA/IRL (CASE Tool Supplier), SYNDESIS/GR (Fuzzy Logic CASE Tool for Design and Calibration), and WIND RIVER SYSTEMS/UK (RTOS and Emulation Platform), is to substantiate a landmark-setting answer to this challenge by means of three ambitious key objectives:
All the technical results and the 'Development Platform' will be validated and assessed as part of the Project.
The project DRIVE is going to perform a quantum step with respect to Europe's automotive system development capacity. As such, the overall goal of the Project has a wider span aside to create a particular product. It is to substantiate and to validate a landmark-setting paradigm to sustain Europe's automotive industry in its effort to build system solutions meeting the costs and performance requirements expected for the beginning of the next century. DRIVE is definitely recognised by all Partners to be extraordinarily ambitious but seriously necessary for Europe.
Start date: May 1998
End date: August 2000
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Rover (United Kingdom)
Siemens automotive (France)
S&P Media (Ireland)
Wind River Systems (United Kingdom)