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Delphi and University of Luxembourg SnT partner on joint research on electronic control systems for automotive

Leading global automotive supplier Delphi and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg have signed a four-year agreement to cooperate on a joint research program involving electronic control systems for automotive applications.

This is the first cooperation between Delphi and the SnT. The program, entitled Cost-Effective Automated Testing of ECU-Software, initially includes two research projects: embedded software testing (model-based testing of Electronic Control Modules software); and embedded software safety (early verification of performance and timing properties of automotive software systems).

Modern vehicles are increasingly characterized by electronic control systems. The amount and the complexity of software used in the Electronic Control Units (ECUs) of today’s vehicles is rapidly increasing. As an example, today’s premium cars feature not less than 70 ECUs connected by more than five different bus systems.

Driving forces of this growth are the new legislations on exhaust gas emission; the demand for reduced fuel consumption and faster time-to-market; and the rising customer expectations regarding comfort, dependability, and variety. To overcome some of these challenges, the automobile and ECU manufacturers have to rely on cost-effective techniques for verification and validation of their software systems.

The research program led by Delphi and the SnT is intended to develop an effective and efficient automated verification and validation technologies for ECU software systems.

With the signing of this agreement, Delphi becomes the 15th member to join the SnT Partnership Program. This program enables SnT and its corporate partners to develop research collaborations and new technologies. Research is conducted jointly in partnered projects where SnT and partners contribute know-how and resources to achieve common goals. Partners contribute to SnT at all levels: from a representation on the governing board, to operational support through the industrial advisory board, as well as by contributing resources to projects.


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