Case Study

Case Study

Overview
An Automotive Tier 1 Partners with KPIT for V&V of Instrument Cluster Software
About the Client
The client, with global presence, develops and produces a wide variety of instrument clusters for automobiles, motorcycles, construction machines, agricultural machinery and boats.
 
Business & Technology Context
The automotive industry is undergoing an In-vehicle display revolution that is transforming the way drivers interact with their cars. OEMs across the globe are differentiating their offerings by providing more & more features, augmented reality, and re-configurability for instrument clusters.
This surge in the number of features has resulted into an increased software complexity that is impacting verification & validation (V&V) cycle. OEMs & Tier 1's are facing challenges in regulating the escalating cost of quality and achieving full test coverage.
The client was working on the cluster production program and faced similar challenges. Cluster development for multiple production programs resulted in multiplying complexities due to various fluid specifications, numerous models & their custom variants.
In order to address these challenges and to achieve the production program objectives, the client decided to partner with a firm that would independently own the V&V activities of their cluster software.
The client selected KPIT because of its extensive experience as an independent V&V partner for OEM production programs, focus on test automation, ready reusable frameworks & software assets. They expected KPIT to enable them in:
  • Achieving cost targets and ensuring quality & test coverage
  • Achieving stringent production program milestones

 
KPIT's Solution
  • Providing test strategy consulting by analyzing the Tier 1's existing approach for testing clusters, identifying gaps and proposing solution that involved automation.
  • Developing test plan, test cases & test scripts
  • Unit testing, software-in-loop testing, functional testing
  • Verification of language translations
  • Performing HMI & language testing
  • CAPL (Communication Access Programming Language) script development to achieve better productivity on functional validation
  • Hardware platform level development that included device driver development
 
Benefits
KPIT was successful in taking end-to-end ownership of this project that enabled the client to focus on its core business. Following were some of the other success factors:
  • Verification & Validation Strategies - 100% traceability with respect to the requirements
  • Extreme quality control : 100% reviewed artifacts, 100% coverage of critical use cases
    • Productivity improvement through script development
Tags: Instrument Clusters, Verification & Validation, V&V, test coverage, test strategy consulting, Unit testing, software-in-loop testing, functional testing, HMI, Language testing, CAPL script development, Communication Access Programming Language test plans, test scripts, test cases

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