Category Archives: CONCEPTS

Speaking at VDA Automotive SYS Conference

Eric Verhulst, CEO/CTO of Altreonic Kurt.mobi is invited speaker at:

Quality, safety and security for automotive software-based systems

In June 2019 the ninth VDA Automotive SYS Conference hosted by the Association of the German Automotive Industry will take place in Potsdam, Germany. Top-rated keynote speakers, experts and managers from E/E Development and leading service providers are going to share experience and knowledge.

Up to date with the changes in the development of embedded systems in the connected vehicle, the conference focuses on Quality, Safety and Security of modern vehicle electronics. The conference will deal both with technical methods/solutions and management practices with respect to the national and international automotive standards.

Title:

“Towards ARRL-7: safer vehicles for resilient Mobility as a Service”.

Abstract:

Autonomous systems have in the last years forced us to rethink the very notion of safety engineering. Exploring the complete state space be it for formal verification or for extensive testing has become elusive, leaving us with guesswork to estimate the residual error rate. Of course, we just know it is never zero. How to tackle this problem? We start by acknowledging some conceptual weaknesses of the safety standards. Safety standards consider safety engineering as a specific project and domain activity, each with its own SIL levels, which is not only costly but also questionable. Starting from the objective to promote reuse, we define a complementary criterion called ARRL (Assured Reliability and Resilience Level). Rather than starting from the system’s functions, it starts from the system’s architecture in relationship to resilience.  It promotes the notion of resilience to failures as a way to achieve a higher degree of safety and puts Quality of Service first.  Resilience also help to design with less complexity easing the burden of verification and validation. The higher ARRL levels also acknowledge that the system design is never finished and that the loop must be closed at a higher level.

More details at: https://vda-qmc.de/en/software-processes/vda-automotive-sys/

Reliability for KURT

How do companies tackle technological challenges?

During this Seminar Day, engineers, researchers and R&D managers from the manufacturing industry will come together to learn more about the results of some of our recent projects. 

More specifically, Altreonic will show how POF reliability prediction and analysis at system level is applied by Altreonic for developing the KURT e-mobility vehicle. The process covers from selection of components and sub-system modules as well as the software architecture.

Date:  28/09/2017 – De MontilMoortelstraat 8, 1790 Affligem

Registration here

Kurt.mobi spreker op FSC Cleantech Community Forum

Kurt.mobi presenteert op het Cleantech Community Forum. Datum: 18 Mei, 13:00 tot 18:30. Plaats: Provinciehuis Leuven.

Titel: KURT als katalysator voor stedelijke elektrische mobiliteit. In de presentatie wordt vooral het City-KURT concept voor stedelijke electro-mobiliteit naar voren gebracht.

Registratie via de Cleantech Community website.

Hierbij de presentatie: Altreonic_CleanTech_May2017

KURT meets Tesla: enabling urban electro-mobility

The breakthrough

Electric driving is the future. The concept is far from novel, but due to cheap oil and deficient batteries it was too early to convince the general public. That is about to change as mobility with traditional engines is reaching its limits. Batteries are increasingly becoming more powerful and affordable. Away with pollution, noise and traffic jams.

The ideal setting to launch electric driving is the city. Distances are shorter, the driving speed is limited and the call for a sustainable city, quiet, clean and spacious, is increasingly gaining momentum. Electric mobility makes that possible. The use of compact and silent vehicles opens up space for the pedestrian and cyclist. The only issue is its affordability, as electric vehicles are not produced yet in large numbers. Altreonic, a technological SME from Flanders/Belgium, has developed the solution. It offers a large and flexible variety of electric vehicles, named KURT. Based on a patented design for a modular and scalable vehicle, Altreonic is able to meet the needs of any application.

The key to success

Electric propulsions are compact by definition. Therefore, it does not make sense to integrate electric engines in traditional designs without changing the design itself. That is why Altreonic’s KURT vehicle was reinvented from scratch. The KURT vehicle is equipped with wheels that all have their own engine. As a result, there is more space for the batteries and suspension that are compactly stored in the supporting structure. Most of the weight is situated in the  vehicle’s body, a low and flat platform. Each wheel can be controlled separately, which creates much more possibilities than currently exist with traditional internal combustion engines. The structure of KURT is not only modular but also scalable. The superstructure can be specifically adapted to a wide array of applications.

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Steer by Web for KURT

Altreonic has demonstrated for the first time “steer by web” capability for its KURT vehicle. Using a camera input and a smartphone, the vehicle was remotely steered over internet using a web application. Even with the application server and the vehicle being widely apart (about 3000 km) and using a standard ADSL connection, the control was with minimal delay. This brings KURT in the domain of Internet of Things, enabling semi-autonomous driving for a fleet of KURT vehicles.

The KURT light-weight vehicle is completely modular and driven by a redundant software and hardware architecture. Internally, Altreonic’s VirtuosoNext network-centric RTOS is used to execute the distributed control strategy of 4 independent wheels each with their own motor. Further work will focus on increasing security and error resilience. For more information, contact Altreonic.