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2020 Global Autonomous
Car and Electric Vehicle Testing
Innovation Excellence Frost Radar Award

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NI Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Pioneering Testing Technologies for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

National Instruments Corp Award Write-Up

NI bolsters testing solutions with cutting-edge security and communication technologies

Based on its recent analysis of the global autonomous car and electric vehicle testing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes NI with the 2020 Global Innovation Excellence Frost Radar Award. NI plays a crucial role in testing vehicles at different product development stages, such as design, validation, prototyping, and manufacturing. Its software-connected systems are used extensively to test advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), sensor fusion, and new EV powertrain components to help automotive OEMs get critical autonomous car technologies to market faster.


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“At 20.1 percent, NI’s expenditure on R&D is significantly higher than the industrial average,” said Rohan Joy Thomas Industry Analyst. “With solutions such as PXI, LabVIEW, TestStand, and VeriStand, NI is a pioneer in the development of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and vehicle-in-the-Loop (VIL) testing methodologies. Its ECU test system and the battery test system increase flexibility and integrate new technologies to help reduce the development time of autonomous cars and EVs.”

“NI’s joint venture with ETAS and the recent acquisistion of OptimalPlus underlines its commitment to helping automotive OEMs shorten test time and time-to-market. Acknowledging the need for robust cybersecurity, to address threats that can compromise the integrity of the self-driving car,” noted Thomas. “Furthermore, as the quality of network coverage can impact the connectivity of a self-driving car, partnerships with vendors offering network optimizing solutions that can address coverage quality will be critical.”

The Innovation Excellence best practice is bestowed upon companies that are industry leaders reinventing themselves through R&D investments and innovation. These may be companies that are entering a new market and “contend” for leadership through heavy investment in R&D and innovation.

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