Collaboration on model-based development for in-vehicle use

Panasonic Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “Panasonic”) and AZAPA Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “AZAPA”) have collaborated on model-based development [1] for in-vehicle use, and as a result, we have successfully applied this method to the development of electric powertrains for electric vehicles (EVs).

In recent automobile development, functions required becomes more advanced and complicated, that are compatibility with electrification, implementation of safe driving support functions, and networking, for examples, and thorough efficiency improvement in the upstream process (design stage) is desired. As one of the solutions, using model-based development techniques becomes a more important factor.

By using these techniques, the electric powertrain (drive device) and components of the EV can be modeled, and the powertrain specification to maximize the electric mileage of the EV can be derived early in the simulation, which helps strengthen the ability to propose systems to car manufacturers. Also, it is expected that the development period will be significantly shortened compared to when the specifications are derived through conventional prototyping.In the future, two companies will jointly deploy this development method in the safety and security fields such as for automated driving technology and the infotainment field, and will respond to a wide range of requests from car manufacturers. We will also actively participate in the promotion of model-based development, led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and hope to contribute to improving the competitiveness of the automobile industry in Japan.

Media contact: Tamura at Communications Department, Automotive Planning Division, Automotive & Industrial Systems Company, Panasonic Corporation

Business Planning Division, AZAPA Co., Ltd.