Although Drita Roggenbuck is new to her role as senior vice president and general manager of NEITHERTransportation Business Unit, comes with two decades of insight into the critical trends facing the industry. “His insights into the challenges of NI automotive customers and their need to innovate quickly in this dynamically changing market will help inform our system roadmaps,” said Ritu Favre, executive vice president and general manager of the NI Business Unit. NI Industry Specifics.
The important areas it identifies for automotive testing are batteries and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). “In the short term, our biggest impact is going to be there in that area of the battery and ADAS,” Roggenbuck said.
“There’s some really cool stuff out there. There are a hundred battery electric vehicles coming out by the end of 2024,” she said. “Testing must be part of the launch of these vehicles. It’s unbelievable, at the speed they’re moving. What auto companies will learn (from the tests) will only improve how they bring their self-driving vehicles to market.”
General Motors’ recent recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EV over battery fires serves as a timely reminder of just how important battery testing and validation will become in the age of electric vehicles. Fortunately, NI has already doubled down on this space with recent acquisitions of battery test instruments and systems firm NH Research, as well as high-voltage power systems provider Heinzinger’s EV systems business, putting the company in a good position to help other OEMs to avoid any problems. such problems in the future.
“On the battery side, we’ve had some great acquisitions recently that bring in an industry leader and, along with NI’s capabilities, will help validate batteries,” said Roggenbuck. “Those new batteries coming to market are being tested with a high level of scrutiny.”
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The Bolt battery problems were due to mounting defects, so improving manufacturing precision is also crucial. “The focus will really be on how we can help in the manufacturing realm as well,” he said.
Meanwhile, the industry is suffering from a shortage of semiconductors, and Roggenbuck predicts that automotive OEMs will seek to reduce exposure to this problem by integrating systems onto fewer processor chips so they are responsible for more tasks.
“How can they make the modules smarter without using so many semiconductors?” Roggenbuck asked. “The way they optimize the use of these semiconductors will only help with possible future shortages. There are many concepts about supply chain management. Understanding how to consolidate and how the supply chain transforms will be the solution for semiconductors in the near future.”
In the meantime, Roggenbuck says he’ll enjoy seeing the industry’s shift to electric vehicles pick up speed this year. “The amount of consumer adoption has doubled in the last year,” he said. “I think 2022 is going to be a great year. It will be interesting to see how many of these vehicles will be on the road. By the end of 2025, I think it will be the norm.”
If so, it will be in part due to the ability of OEMs and vendors to validate new designs through testing.