dSPACE V2X Solution Supports Development and Testing of Vehicle-to-X Applications

Dedicated blockset and map instrument reduce workload for engineers  Direct access to V2X communication according to IEEE 802.11p  Simulink blockset for easy access to V2X message contents and signals  Dedicated ControlDesk map instrument visualizes V2X-specific information

Wixom, Michigan, With the recent Release 2015-B, dSPACE has launched its new V2X Solution. Through a dedicated blockset directly within the Simulink® environment, this solution gives users easy access to Vehicle-to-X (V2X) WLAN ad-hoc communication according to IEEE 802.11p. Moreover, it enables the graphical analysis of V2X-relevant data in dSPACE ControlDesk Next Generation. These powerful capabilities will help engineers reduce their workload so they can focus entirely on developing and testing V2X applications without having to implement specific communication protocols and software layers.

Simulink Blockset for Easy Access to V2X Message Contents and Signals

The new V2X Blockset for Simulink is a central component of the V2X Solution, which provides easy access to V2X communication during model-in-the-loop (MIL) simulation, rapid control prototyping (RCP) as well as software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation. In only a few steps, engineers can connect their applications directly to the appropriate communication blocks via signal vectors to access all or previously selected V2X message contents. Protocols and software layers that enable communication with other V2X participants according to the European V2X standard are already included in the solution. These layers comprise functionality for encoding and decoding V2X messages, and also the Ethernet (UDP/IP) communication interface to a V2X hardware adapter, such as the MK5-OBU Onboard-Unit from Cohda WirelessTM. The direct access to V2X signals within the Simulink model simplifies the data manipulation necessary for robustness tests.

In addition to V2X-specific blocks, the V2X Solution offers dedicated blocks for position and time data by encoding and decoding Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data according to the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 0183 standard.

Dedicated ControlDesk Map Instrument Visualizes V2X-Specific Information

The V2X Solution extends dSPACE ControlDesk with a dedicated map instrument, which is continuously updated with new information from the V2X Blockset for easy data analysis and plausibility checks. The map instrument displays contents that are available to V2X applications, such as a vehicle’s position, velocity, driving direction, and classification of individual traffic participants as well as other V2X-specific information.

About V2X

V2X (Vehicle-to-X) technology enables the exchange of data between vehicles, and between vehicles and the infrastructure via WLAN ad-hoc networks, according to the IEEE 802.11p standard. The network participants send messages that include information such as their position, speed, and driving direction or events such as traffic jams. In Europe, the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) cooperates closely with standardization organizations ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) to develop joint communication standards.


About ControlDesk

dSPACE ControlDesk Next Generation is an experiment and visualization software that provides optimal support for model-based development and testing of complex control systems. With its wide range of instruments and measurement options, the software lets users keep all of their tasks under complete control – from the beginning of the experiment to the end, in the same work environment.