News of March 07, 2001
Volvo Advances Car Safety With National Instruments Software; Engineers at State-of-the-Art
Crash Lab Designing Future of Auto Safety
AUSTIN, Texas - National Instruments announced that its Diadem(TM) software plays a key role in award-winning automotive safety designs developed by Volvo Car Corp. at its safety center in Goteborg, Sweden. The high-tech test facility has standardized on NI Diadem to analyze the impact and force of car collisions.
By using sensors and extensive instrumentation, Volvo engineers collect data from controlled collisions at the Volvo Car Safety Centre. To improve the design of Volvo automobiles, Volvo conducts as many as 150 controlled crashes per year on two specially designed tracks, each stretching more than the length of a football field. The award-winning automobile manufacturer also conducts numerous component tests and crash simulations. Engineers parse through data from these tests using NI Diadem.
"To produce a car that functions in a real-life traffic environment, it is important to simulate accident patterns in traffic using realistic tests. That is why our investment is first and foremost an investment in technology," said Volvo Project Manager Anders Storm. "With NI Diadem, our automotive engineers work more efficiently because they can quickly see how well their designs hold up under real-life crash conditions."
The success of the Volvo Safety Centre demonstrates the NI commitment to providing engineers the tools they need to be successful and productive, said Dr. James Truchard, NI President and CEO.
Diadem, was developed by GfS Systemtechnik GmbH & Co.KG of Aachen, Germany. NI acquired GfS in 1999 to enhance the Company's expertise in measurement and automation while extending GfS products and services to a global market.
While NI software and hardware have extensive applications in the automotive industry, the Company serves customers in a broad array of other markets. Many engineers use NI solutions to build custom applications for the telecommunications, semiconductor, and petrochemical industries. Because of this diversity, no single industry represents more than 10 percent of NI revenue. In fact, the top 100 NI customers amount to only 35 percent of NI revenue.
(March 5, 2001)