High-quality Software on Land and in the Air

Berlin (Germany), October 27, 2015: Model Engineering Solutions (MES) starts two new research projects this fall. The objective of MCAS, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, is to develop a software model verification procedure to safeguard the current safety standard for avionics. The second research project, ASSUME, concerns itself with the necessary computing capacity of future systems, as required by autonomous cars, for example. Based in Berlin, MES can fully draw on its core expertise to increase model quality in both projects.

Developing new verification procedures in avionics for DO-331

In cooperation with the Department of Flight Mechanics, Flight Control, and Aeroelasticity at the Technical University of Berlin headed by Prof. Dr. Luckner, MES will develop new test procedures to safeguard software models in avionics. The focus will be on compliance with the requirements of the aircraft standard RTCA DO-331 “Model-Based Development and Verification Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278”. The verification procedures and modeling guidelines developed in compliance with DO-331 should facilitate the use of model-based development for small and medium enterprises in particular, enabling them to develop software more efficiently. This project allows MES to apply its in-depth expertise in testing standard-compliant software models from the automotive industry to avionics – a veritable takeoff.

Autonomous driving and its challenges for software development

The second major project is dedicated to future mobility solutions. Networked cars collect diverse information about the surroundings of vehicles through a large number of sensors. This data must be processed during the journey to allow driver-independent vehicle control – a major challenge for technology and software development. The use of software on multiple ECUs with drastically greater complexity and the application of multicore processors must be safeguarded in the process. Therefore, in the ASSUME project, MES will conceive a new development methodology and new safeguarding procedures for software running on multicore processors. The goal is to develop an integral framework to measure product quality and thereby eliminate software errors.

About MES: Läuft die Software, fährt das Auto

Model Engineering Solutions GmbH (MES) specializes in integrated quality assurance of embedded automotive software. MES Model Examiner® (MXAM) is the first choice for checking modeling guideline consistency of Simulink®, TargetLink®, and ASCET® models. MES Test Manager® perfectly implements requirements-based testing in model-based development. MES Quality Commander® (MQC) is a dynamic management and control tool for use in software development projects, delivering key decision-making data throughout the product development lifecycle. MES provides individual consulting and services to companies seeking to introduce or enhance their model-based development processes, to introduce new technologies such as AUTOSAR, or to fulfill standards such as ISO 26262. MES clients include major OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry worldwide. MES is a TargetLink® Strategic Partner of dSPACE GmbH and a MathWorks and ETAS Product Partner.

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