ETAS and National Instruments Set-up Joint Venture

Leandro Fonseca, Transportation Offering Manager National Instruments and designated Managing Director of the Joint Venture (left), and Hans-Peter Duerr, Group Manager HiL Standardization ETAS and designated Technical Director of the Joint Venture (right)

ETAS and National Instruments have signed definitive agreements to jointly design, build, and service pre-integrated Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) systems. By pooling their strengths both companies strive for improving test and validation of software in automotive electronics, including electronic control units (ECUs) and sensors, to meet current and future customer requirements.

The agreement will establish a deeper partnership between two innovators with decades of experi­ence in the automotive industry. By combining the NI software-defined platform and comprehensive I/O capabilities with ETAS’ expertise in developing and integrating HiL solutions, the partnership will deliver new test offerings to meet customer needs in the rapidly evolving automotive sector driven by electrification and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Each company will own 50 percent of the joint venture, which will be headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions including regulatory and antitrust clearances and is expected to close in June 2019.

“By establishing this joint venture, ETAS expects to extend the application of HiL systems to new areas such as automated driving,” said Friedhelm Pickhard, the Chairman of the Board of Manage­ment of ETAS GmbH. “NI has a leading platform for automated test and consistent focus on inno­vation. Building on their platform will enable the joint venture to deliver new HiL solutions and progress with regard to the early validation of automotive electronics software.”