Hardware-in-loop software targets autonomous vehicle testing

October 17, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
National Instruments has developed HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) systems tailored to engineering test requirements with the latest release of its VeriStand software and global network of support and integration partners.

VeriStand 2016 is the latest version of the software used by embedded software test engineers to build and run HIL verification systems, with a view to more effective and speedier test of the connected car and autonomous vehicles. VeriStand and NI's HIL systems are open and customisable platforms to help companies meet changing demands and future-proof their test systems, in areas such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automotive radar and vehicle-to-everything (V2X), as they become commonplace in embedded control systems. By building on open and proven technology software and hardware platforms, NI can quickly add native support for these new technologies to ensure engineeers can achieve complete software test coverage.

NI's network of NI Alliance Partners offers vertical industry and systems integration experience; turnkey test systems that meet customers' particular application requirements can be delivered and supported.


VeriStand is the software core of NI's HIL systems. It combines real-time simulation, data acquisition, communication protocols and control into a common platform for the most complete HIL test software on the market today. And unlike traditional HIL software that is defined by the vendor and hard to modify, VeriStand can be extended and customized to meet customers' particular test requirements. With the newest release of the software customers can, NI says:

- Achieve complete test coverage by taking advantage of the full breadth of NI I/O, including RF and camera processing

- Use their models from over 30 different modelling tool and simulation environments such as The MathWorks' Simulink software and IPG Carmaker to test ECUs for the latest embedded software trends such as ADAS and autonomous vehicles

- Create professional looking UIs quickly and interact more efficiently with live tests using the completely redesigned UI manager

- Connect with third-party hardware and software through the industry-standard ASAM XIL API

- Work more efficiently with extremely large models using the improved model handling engine


NI; www.ni.com/veristand