Renesas speeds up autonomous developments

Solution ports software to ECUs efficiently

Renesas Electronics has developed a system to introduce greater autonomy in vehicles that will cut development time of ECUs.

The technology from the semiconductor manufacturer, enables system developers to immediately evaluate functions and software in an environment similar to that of actual ECUs, thereby reducing development time and effort when porting software.

The solution is based on two Renesas R-Car H3 starter kit and an automotive control RH850/P1H-C microcontroller, compliant with both ISO 26262 ASIL-B and ISO 26262 ASIL-D standard.

During the initial development of autonomous driving systems, OEM and Tier One system developers first create prototype systems and test them using PCs. To adapt a prototype system to fit the actual vehicle, features such as low power consumption and high performance, operation under high temperature, and compliance with specific standards such as functional safety and system specifications must all be included that is technically, and financially, challenging.

Renesas said: “The automotive market is moving rapidly to make highly autonomous driving a reality for consumers by 2020, however, this is a challenging path as autonomous driving level three and beyond requires high computing power while maintaining safety and ensuring quality. Our solution supports software development and software verification that Tier One and OEM system developers are using for automotive ECUs, integrated in a robust housing with multiple interfaces that provides rich connectivity close to actual automotive ECUs.”

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