Software and hardware are the first things to test. Should your car hit a spot where your car can't see satellites it would be rather unpleasant if it would reset itself, in the process taking down some other functions too. That's just one thing. Materials tend to age quicker when exposed to high heat. Which is somewehere above 40 degrees C. A car can get much hotter and thus you need your hardware, and all the little bits inside, to be able to withstand over the boiling point. Or the very cold zero Fahrenheit point. In a nutschell: Death Valley throwing its' worst at you. Beautiful to see but dangerous if you let her creep up to you.
Even worse however: It's being done. Two lucky engineers at Intel are giving their bests to crash the computing module. They are Sumit Soni and Mike Williams at the Hillsboro, Oregon based Intel labs.
They also simulate the gravel road, bumps, waves of electromagnetic energy and I imagine waves of rain from top and bottom to create reliability. They both are part of a select team of engineers who are dedicated to ensuring the reliability of the computing module for Intel IVI products. Systems that you are to find in luxury vehicles in the next few years.
IVI systems is a common name for all kinds of gadgets like navigation and on-lineservices, entertainment and connecting you and your car in a vehicle network. And probably beyond as well. ABI Research concluded that the market for these services is growing rapidly. The combination of IVI systems as a result of integration with smartphones is expected to be used in over 35 million units worldwide in 2018.
Although simulating actual road conditions will yield useful data, it will not reveal much about the durability of the Intel Atom-based Tizen IVI during the life of the common for the car. This calls for extreme testing to ensure future product quality and reliability, probably the way MilSpecs are being tested and graded.
"Testing and climatics defined dynamics to simulate the life of the product," said Williams. "It's about the conditions of use. Grab temperature cycles. You know this product will be at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, which is 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you try to examine the way that he would meempuh seven or eight years or whatever you think for the use of this product. Due to very few people want to wait years to sell what they have just designed, then you should look for ways to speed up the testing. "
By now it's just Intel that has come up with an actual computing module for IVI. They submitted it several kinds of stress testing in their laboratory. According to Walter Fenk, an architect of environmental stress tests, who consulted on the testing of hardware, software and equipment that's used in the Intel labs. Unfortunately they have to do it without the possibility of comparative testing which makes their set up a uniqe 9and thus costly) setup.
Intel collaborated with NEXCOM on implementing their technology in the IVI offers. Using the in-vehicle computer VTC 1010-IVI to help develop the the Tizen software platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI Tizen). This will enable car designers to turn their vehicle in not just a WiFi connected infotainment system but also to connect with the sensors that control the engine and other systems, allowing for a more integrated monitoring of the car itself. "For The main contributors to the project Tizen IVI, Intel is very pleased to have had the NEXCOM VTC 1010-IVI is now available to the open source ecosystem for the development of advanced vehicle technologies connected, "said Mark Skarpness, director of Systems Engineering, Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation. "With the Intel-based architecture, Intel ® HD Graphics in it, and special automotive features that have been pre-integrated platform both VTC 1010-IVI and IVI Tizen, car manufacturers can help reduce development costs while enriching the infotainment experience in the vehicle." How extreme IVI on Intel's product testing can you see yourself through the following two videos.