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The OpenECU family includes controllers ranging from low complexity modules for simple communications gateway applications, to feature-rich ones for controlling high-end gasoline or diesel engines, and electric and hybrid vehicle supervisory control. “Using OpenECU as a starting point for control system development, our customers are able to develop their own intellectual property for brand differentiation, and to maintain their independence,” states Lucking, CEO, Pi Innovo. He further adds that the scope for implementing application prototypes on production-grade robust hardware in conformance with the ISO 26262 standards further enhances the reliability of the solution. The recently-launched M560 that targets electric and vehicle supervisory control for systems that contain hazards as high as ASIL-D per ISO 26262, is an excellent example of this.
Using OpenECU as a starting point for control system development, our customers are able to develop their own intellectual property for brand differentiation, and to maintain their independence
The value proposition enabled by Pi Innovo has attracted the attention of many companies in the automotive industry, including OEMs and their tier- 1 suppliers. Among them was a niche vehicle OEM that sought Pi Innovo’s services to develop a controller for a new vehicle development. The client sought to own the IP for all the control algorithms as well as a license to the hardware design; furthermore, the entire process had to be completed in a very short time. Pi Innovo was able to deliver suitable prototype hardware and the OpenECU model-based controls development environment immediately, by delivering the off-the-shelf M670 that provided a superset of the functionality required. Simultaneously, Pi Innovo’s team developed the cost-optimized production hardware, first samples of which were available within a couple of months, to which the algorithms that the customer had been working on using M670 were ported in a matter of hours, as opposed to days or weeks.
Pi Innovo seeks relationships with organizations to explore the synergy between OpenECU hardware and software, and technology that can create value-add solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles. The company is also on a mission to enhance its footprint in Europe, where regulations in favor of clean vehicles are generating huge activity, provide an opportunity to grow. Ultimately Walter Lucking sees great growth potential in providing the types of solutions that the evolving electric and hybrid vehicle market requires, and Pi Innovo is focused on meeting that challenge.