dSPACE and Intempora Sign Strategic Partnership -- Superior Tool Chain for ADAS and Automated Driving

 Unique development environment for real-time multisensor applications  Complete portfolio of tools for development and validation  Seamless integration of RTMaps into the dSPACE tool chain

Paderborn, February 23, 2016: In a press conference held today at embedded world 2016, dSPACE and Intempora have announced an exclusive cooperation that aims at providing a superior tool chain for developing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and highly automated driving functions. In line with this agreement, dSPACE will globally and exclusively distribute RTMaps (Real-Time Multisensor applications) from Intempora, an innovative and unparalleled software environment for multisensor applications.

Complete portfolio of tools for development and validation

“RTMaps is a perfect fit for the comprehensive dSPACE tool chain, which today can be seen as a de facto standard for ECU software development and testing in the automotive domain,” says Nicolas du Lac, Managing Director at Intempora. “Hence, we are proud to team up with dSPACE as a market leader, whose worldwide recognition and distribution capabilities will foster the future development of our highly innovative product RTMaps in this field.”

“This cooperation is an essential milestone in our strategy to provide a complete tool chain for ADAS and automated driving”, says André Rolfsmeier, Lead Product Manager for Advanced Applications and Technologies at dSPACE. “Due to its superior performance on multicore x86 and ARM platforms and its ease of use, RTMaps ideally extends our product portfolio. And there is more to come. In a couple of months dSPACE will present a new in-vehicle prototyping system for ADAS which will perfectly match RTMaps.”

Seamless integration of RTMaps into the dSPACE tool chain

From now on, dSPACE will integrate RTMaps tightly into its comprehensive tool chain. For this, the company provides an interface blockset designed specifically for bidirectional, low-latency communication between RTMaps and dSPACE tools like real-time systems or the PC-based simulation platform VEOS. The experiment and visualization software dSPACE ControlDesk Next Generation can also be connected to RTMaps. With this connection, users can monitor and parametrize components which are implemented and processed in RTMaps.

Facts about RTMaps

RTMaps from Intempora is a component-based software development and execution environment which enables users to time-stamp, record, synchronize and play back data from various sensors and vehicle buses. By means of block diagrams and the integration of the user’s own C++ or Python code, it provides a powerful environment for integrating, testing and benchmarking advanced functions such as signal processing, computer vision and data fusion in the context of multisensor applications. Comprehensive component libraries for various automotive sensors and buses, visualization functions, data communication, preprocessing, etc., facilitate function development. In addition to ADAS and automated driving, the application areas of RTMaps extend to mobile robots and advanced human-machine interfaces, among others. The development of the powerful software architecture of RTMaps started at the renowned and prestigious École des Mines de Paris university in 1998.

Facts about Intempora

Intempora was founded in 2000 based on research performed at the Center of Robotics of École des Mines de Paris (now Mines ParisTech). Since then, the company’s team of software engineers has been working on the development of RTMaps and related products, turning them into a robust and easy-to-use software framework and meeting the needs of demanding customers from the industry. Among others, Intempora is member of the Groupement ADAS, a team of members of the French Mov’eo cluster, which is dedicated to the field of advanced driver assistance systems.

Facts about dSPACE

dSPACE develops and distributes integrated hardware and software tools for developing and testing electronic control units and mechatronic controls. The application areas for dSPACE systems are in the automotive industry, as well as in drives technology, aerospace, and other industrial sectors. The company's customer base includes virtually all major vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. With more than 1,200 employees worldwide, dSPACE is located in Paderborn, Germany; has three project centers in Germany; and serves customers through local dSPACE companies in the USA, the UK, France, Japan, and China.