Automotive Testing Expo and International Congress on Advances in Automotive Electronics 2017

MicroNova presents X-in-the-loop platform and the latest EXAM release

Version 4.4 of the test automation tool EXAM and the NovaCarts X-in-the-loop (XiL) platform – MicroNova is presenting two new solutions for testing electronic control units at the Automotive Testing Expo 2017 in Stuttgart (June 20-22) and at the International Congress on Advances in Automotive Electronics in Ludwigsburg (June 27 & 28). The new release of EXAM now includes functions for assigning rights and roles.

NovaCarts is expanding the functional spectrum of popular HiL simulators with the XiL approach and is therefore particularly suitable for testing control units for networked, electric and self-driving vehicles.

The rights and roles concept in version 4.4 of the test automation solution EXAM offers new features for managing test contents and for assigning rights to individual users. Users can manage their test content with the aid of data rights and, thanks to new roles, can set the function rights of individual users. Based on this concept, the test automation solution now displays company-specific data security requirements.

The ability to manage users in groups and control data rights at the group level ensures efficient administration. A client view clearly identifies the EXAM users, who can also be assigned to individual disciplines or departments. Further structuring is also possible as an option, for example by functional or developmental subjects. The current EXAM release is available to download for free from A detailed description of all changes is also available on the website.

X-in-the-loop: Flexible combination of test phases

The new XiL stage of the NovaCarts software platform allows for model-in-the-loop (MiL), software-in-the-loop (SiL), and hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) tests. As a result, almost any application scenario can be simulated for control unit tests through to integration testing. The solution uses virtualization tools for MiL and SiL tests, which allows rapid scaling of the test scope.

In addition, preparatory work and results can be re-used across all stages of development and testing. Furthermore, the central platform design allows closer and more efficient collaboration between suppliers and OEM departments, which also saves time and money.

Industry events in June: EXAM 4.4 and XiL platform live

MicroNova’s testing team will be demonstrating both NovaCarts and EXAM at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart at booth 1465, and at the International Congress on Advances in Automotive Electronics in Ludwigsburg at booth 24.

“Self-driving vehicles, connected cars, and electric mobility are the three major trends in the automotive industry. They are creating completely new challenges for development and hence test departments around the world. The wide variety of smart functions integrated in vehicles is increasing the number of variables to be tested, which will cause testing to become much more complex in the near future. Furthermore, there is less time available. Current development cycles could be halved or reduced even further,” explains Martin Bayer, Head of Testing Solutions at MicroNova, who will also be attending the exhibition in Stuttgart. “To take this into account, current standard procedures must be replaced by much more agile and efficient procedures, or at least significantly expanded by them. In short, more testing effort must be achieved in less time while maintaining high quality.”

Dr. Klaus Eder, COO of MicroNova, gives an insight into the overall strategy for the testing unit: “Our further developments will address the ever-increasing testing effort and produce innovative and future-proof solutions to help companies face the new challenges in a changing automotive industry. It will be essential to be able to conduct regression testing quickly and efficiently without having to invest unnecessary time and money in physical test benches or real driving tests,” explains Eder. “We are pursuing this approach with the X-in-the-loop platform, which brings new agility to testing modern control units thanks to its flexible combination of test phases. We deliberately decided on the systematic support for – and facilitation of – standards and, consequently, modular tool environments. In this way, we are enabling a gradual migration to the test world of tomorrow that can easily be put into practice today.”


About MicroNova

MicroNova has been a software and systems vendor since 1987 and offers products, solutions, and services in three business segments: testing of automotive electronics, management of mobile radio and communication networks as well as the distribution of IT management solutions from ManageEngine. 300 experts work with technological competence and passion at the company’s headquarters in Vierkirchen near Munich as well as at eight other locations in Germany and the Czech Republic. Numerous customers such as Audi, BMW, Continental, Telefónica Germany, Vodafone Deutschland, and Volkswagen place their trust in the expertise of MicroNova. |

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