Developing vehicles for global markets requires handling the variability of vehicle usage given by different profiles (commuter, taxi driver etc.), different driver characteristics as well as the geographic or regional variability (topography, climate/weather, road network …).
Statistics about types of roads, road quality, curviness, hilliness, traffic, urban and rural areas as well as legal restrictions, regulations and traffic signs are of particular importance when designing components and vehicles for durability or energy efficiency or when developing and verifying ADAS/AD functions. In addition, climate characteristics such as minimum and maximum temperature, sunshine hours, humidity, or others may be of interest, e.g., for the ageing of rubber bushings or the reliability of connectors and electronic devices.
Providing a Software Solution
VMC® GeoStatistics is a lean and transparent software solution to get insight into the above-mentioned environmental conditions. It provides an extensive worldwide data base and a suite of methods to support the engineer with fast and efficient analysis features.
Typical applications are:
- Comparison of regions and markets worldwide with respect road properties such as curviness, hilliness, road type as well as other environmental properties e.g., climate
- Assessment of routes and ranking with respect to its surrounding region
- Planning of a measurement campaign and its route