Part 1: Low cost AUTOSAR toolchain - Thesis assignment

  • Nov. 1, 2016
  • Jules Breuer

BRACE Automotive investigating a low-cost toolchain to implement the AUTOSAR architecture on ECUs. The project is to investigate, suitable low-cost tools to create the AUTOSAR system configurations, how to specify such configurations and what are the challenges faced when creating AUTOSAR compliant software for an embedded ECU using the selected low-cost tools. The project is executed by a thesis student from the TU/e.

The growing complexities of automotive E/E (electric/electronic) systems due to diverse hardware, software and network components, and their implementation are no longer independent. The AUTOSAR partnership was set up with the objective of defining an open standard and to provide scalability of solutions within and across product lines. It also aimed at enhancing the quality and reliability of the E/E systems, to provide flexibility for product modification, upgrade and update, re-use of the existing software code, increased efficiency in functional development, reduced costs and development time.
AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) is a worldwide standard for automotive basic software in line with an architecture that eases exchange and transfer of application software components between platforms or companies. AUTOSAR provides the standardized architecture together with the specifications of the basic software along with the methodology for developing embedded control units for automotive applications.

The various AUTOSAR solutions and development tools provided by vendors like Vector, Elektrobit, ETAS, etc., are sophisticated and are aimed at a different market segment, which often proves to be not feasible for smaller companies in terms of price. BRACE Automotive, as technological solutions provider, is trying to reduce the complexity and cost involved in the software development process and configuration of the AUTOSAR architecture on an ECU by investigating low-cost toolchain that are available.

The next step in this project is to compare the AUTOSAR specifications and identify the necessary tools and the required knowledge. This milestone is expected to be completed by the end of December 2016. This research is verified by implementing AUTOSAR compliant Ethernet and CAN communication stack on an ECU, which is expected to be accomplished by the end of April 2017.

Stay tuned for more blog posts at the end of each milestone!


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