IPG plugs Carmaker/HIL test software to NI hardware

November 04, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Simulation software vendor IPG Automotive GmbH’s integration and test platform CarMaker/HIL can now be used in combination with the popular PXI platform for measurement and automation systems by National Instruments (NI). This offers PXI users unlimited access to all features offered by the CarMaker product family for vehicle dynamics, driver assistance and powertrain applications.

By opening the CarMaker product family for National Instruments hardware, IPG Automotive said it is continuing its strategy of openness. As an integration and test platform, CarMaker offers a host of options for virtual testing and optimization of individual vehicle components, vehicle systems and overall vehicles across the entire development cycle in the overall system – from model and software-in-the-loop to hardware and vehicle-in-the-loop.

The new system solution is characterized by the option of integration of the PXI platform with CarMaker/HIL and a seamless exchange of data between these two components. Both LabVIEW, National Instruments’ system design software, and VeriStand, the software environment for configuring real-time test applications, can now be used in combination with CarMaker. IPG Automotive’s product portfolio also contains PXI-compatible I/O modules for extending NI hardware.

This allows users to rely on the familiar CarMaker user interface to parameterise models and analyse their behaviour, both during the preparation phase and during simulation, as well as using the proven test automation by means of the Test Manager. IPGMovie’s on-line animation supports this process by visualizing the vehicle’s overall status throughout. At the same time, the LabVIEW and VeriStand user interfaces can be accessed, so that all functionalities of all of the tools involved can be used without limitation.

The I/O hardware is integrated and controlled using tried-and-tested mechanisms by National Instruments, which allow access to all available input and output signals from the CarMaker simulation. External models of various development environments (MATLAB, GT, etc.) can be integrated, using the CarMaker Model Manager. Switching between the different models happens at the click of a button, with no need to recompile the application, repeat downloads or restart the application.