Safer vehicles through MDH research

Dec 10, 2018 | Research/Cooperation

Researchers at Mälardalen University (MDH) will provide a framework for the development and use of a new technology called Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). This technology enables embedded computers in vehicles to communicate large-sized and time-sensitive information with each other. Through the research project “DESTINE - Developing Predictable Vehicle Software Utilizing Time Sensitive Networking”, future vehicles can be safer.

 

Saad Mubeen.

– The main purpose of this project is to develop efficient, modern and safe vehicles by using TSN. The TSN technology is foreseen to be used for communication in future vehicles all over the world, but needs development frameworks and tools before it can be utilized in the vehicle industry, says Saad Mubeen, Project Manager for DESTINE at MDH.

TSN technology is used to enable high data-rate communication between a vehicle's embedded computers to be fast and within a certain time frame. Modern and autonomous vehicles can contain up to 100 embedded computers that control the vehicle's functionality. In order for these features to work simultaneously, the embedded computers need to communicate with each other. 

In autonomous vehicles, for example, data about the vehicle’s environment is collected by many sensors, such as camera and radar. This large amount of data is sent to several onboard computers, which process the data and accordingly control the speed, brakes and other parts of the vehicle. 

– Some functions in a vehicle, such as the brakes, require that data collected by a computer must be sent to another computer quickly and within a certain amount of time. The TSN technology enables this. However, since the technology is in its infancy, it requires new development techniques, methods and tools before it can be deployed and utilized in modern vehicles, says Saad Mubeen.

Safer and faster construction vehicles

The research project will focus on autonomous construction vehicles, but the results will be useful in all types of modern vehicles.

– In particular, it will benefit the work at construction sites. By utilizing the TSN technology in construction vehicles, work can go faster and become safer for its environment, while reducing costs for companies, says Saad Mubeen.

The research project is ongoing for three years and is operated in conjunction with Arcticus Systems and Volvo CE. It has been granted close to SEK 13.5 million, and is funded by Vinnova by close to SEK 7 million. The rest is funded by the companies.

– The uniqueness of this collaboration is that it enables us to follow the entire chain from the development of new science-based technology to the implementation of technology in industrial tools used in prototype vehicles. By testing the new technology in prototype vehicles, we can also get feedback on what will work and not, and thus improve the technology even more, says Saad Mubeen.