Data-logging software validates vehicle electrification and ADAS

Software released by National Instruments (NI) helps validate new and rapidly evolving technologies to keep pace with vehicle electrification and ADAS without programming.

The FlexLogger configuration-based data-logging software for validation test has intuitive workflows and integrated data management. It helps automotive test departments quickly capture accurate, well-documented data to verify system functionality in real-world conditions and comply with strict government regulations.

FlexLogger targets active safety, electrification and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication which are disrupting how the automotive industry designs, tests and produces vehicles. Rapidly evolving components and systems including sensor fusion, high-capacity batteries and deep learning demand a higher volume of testing with accurate, traceable results to exceed safety-critical expectations for quality and reliability. As a result automotive test departments are expected to build increasingly complex, mixed-measurement test systems under compressed timelines, while managing the growth of collected data.

The FlexLogger software can help engineers simplify test configurations and extract key insights with sensor-specific workflows to acquire and log synchronised, mixed measurements, with no programming required. They can quickly integrate analogue sensors, digital pulse frequencies, CAN signals and calculated channels that are all logged to the universal Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) file format, so data can be correlated and analysed to accurately characterise an entire system. These capabilities also address similar challenges faced by test departments in other industries including heavy equipment, aerospace, appliances and academic research, adds NI.

Engineers use configuration-based workflows to streamline test development, integrate new measurements and manage data using NI’s flexible software platform and modular hardware. For example, leveraging NI’s data management expertise, FlexLogger automatically logs descriptive metadata about the test configuration including sensor and hardware acquisition settings for easier traceability. Test departments can improve access to data and effectively communicate results to the organization using DIAdem data management software to find, analyse and report on FlexLogger data.

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