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Siemens PLM is launching a software solution for the design of autonomous electric vehicles. This uses thermal design data to generate precise models, and is said to give the potential for early design changes and prediction of real-world performance, as well as a reduction in the costs of physical prototyping and testing.

Part of the Simcenter portfolio, the solution is aimed at design engineers, and leverages computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology to create complete digital twins of the powertrain, processes, sensors and other key elements of autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs). It is also capable of co-simulation of component thermal and electric powertrain performance; connecting simulations of electric motor performance and the electrical and thermal management systems; and exploring design space. It connects to automation tools and CAD platforms to enable the engineers to work across the electronic, electrical and mechanical domains, and to take into account elements including autonomous drive functionality, sensor fusion and cabin layout.

Jan Leuridan, senior vice president of Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management Software), explained in a statement: “Creating successful first-generation AEVs will require the intelligent integration of thermal, mechanical and electrical design… Our new Simcenter thermal design solution addresses electrification and autonomous vehicle functionality, allowing design teams to create virtual prototypes with ease and accuracy for optimal design efficiency."

-Farah Alkhalisi