Vehicles are turning into software-defined, motorized high-performance computers with an ever greater number of functions and are producing masses of data in the process. In particular, this data provides information on the technical state of the vehicle. But in its raw state, this data is not usually comprehensible to just anyone. Therefore, it is interpreted by software using standardized data descriptions and converted into human readable information.
It is precisely for this purpose that Softing offers the Smart Diagnostic Engine (SDE): a platform-independent runtime system which interprets and runs diagnostic functions, simple diagnostic services and even complex and automated diagnostic runs. It is based on the common standardized diagnostic formats ODX and OTX, adding to them a simple-to-use functional API. The Smart Diagnostic API (SDA) focuses on the function-oriented application of diagnostics without requiring any special diagnostic knowledge. At the same time, the SDE enables remote access of the API interface and thus the future-proof use, among other things, for Software Over-the-Air (SOTA) applications. Platform independence ensures continuous reusability in the product life cycle - in any tools, in the cloud, but also directly in the vehicle.
This is made possible by the universal reusability of diagnostic data and sequences as well as high-performance diagnostics independent of time and location by a particularly compact, remote-capable runtime format.
Reuse of already created diagnoses, projects and processes
A single component for diverse requirements of today's diagnostic tasks
Remote access and thus future-proof use, e.g. for SOTA use cases
Accelerated implementation of proprietary testers thanks to simplified API and reduced familiarization time
A single component for diverse requirements of today’s diagnostic tasks
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Softing SDE provides a scalable, platform-independent diagnostic runtime environment. In general, a distinction can be made between three fields of application.
Hardware-in-the-Loop systems verify electronic control unit functions using real hardware and a simulated environment. By integrating a runtime system, diagnoses can be used for stimuli (e.g. sensor simulation) and reviewing results, and new electronic control unit software can be installed directly without a separate tool.
On the production line, the runtime system in line section computers enables the local execution of diagnostic tasks, for example fault memory operations and ECU programming, without direct interaction of a member of production staff. These tasks can be controlled locally or remotely and can also encompass further diagnostic procedures such as coding.
The use of appropriate diagnostic software for the development of individual applications enables users to fully access diagnostic functions within their own applications, based on the API standardized according to ISO 22900-3/ASAM MCD-3D.
With the help of the functional API in a service-oriented architecture, a diagnostic runtime system enables the complete execution of typical diagnostic functions as closed sequences, simplifies the integration of diagnostics in proprietary applications through “descriptive names”, and guarantees their use in remote applications, regardless of the connection quality.
Relocating diagnostic systems into the vehicle makes both predictions and remote access possible while the runtime system already runs applications, such as error memory access and Over-the-Air programming, in the vehicle.
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We support our customers with solutions which facilitate the testing, diagnostics and monitoring of mechatronic systems, vehicles and entire fleets. We feel our task starts with communication with the vehicle but also includes data pre-processing, visualization and storage – locally or in the cloud. We create the connection to the electronic systems of our customers worldwide!
Leading manufacturers of cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and their suppliers all rely on tried and tested tools and scalable solutions from Softing Automotive. But fleet operators and service suppliers also opt for Softing’s secure solutions and flexible services. The internationally binding standards implemented by Softing for programming interfaces, data descriptions, protocols and bus systems guarantee our customers the long-term safeguarding of their projects thanks to the reusability of data with consistently high quality. As an active member of numerous committees and associations (incl. ASAM, ISO, SAE), we take a leading role in defining industry standards.
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>40 years of experience in vehicle diagnostics
>100,000 installations in the market of test and diagnostic systems
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