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I love making reports. Said NO ENGINEER. EVER.
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Every engineer procrastinates preparing a test report as the efforts are high and it consumes lot of his engineering hours. Having said that, test reports remain critical to any business environment as it serves the purpose of providing information for decision making and follow up actions. It is considered an official document, after thorough investigation or consideration by an appointed person or more relevant, group of people.

In this blog, we talk about the test engineers pain points in preparing test reports and ascertain an idea of holistic solution to help engineers overcome this hurdle, and become more effective engineering workforce

We all can agree that engineers are intellectuals and have been associated with easing way of living for the society with innovative products over the decades. More importantly, there is a continuous quest for improving the existing value creation of current products.

The test engineers in the Automotive domain are the majority of workforce. Any effort to boost their productivity, would enable them to have more time for innovation. When it comes to preparing report, instead of working on core engineering tasks, engineer has to stress about search, compile and preparation of data / information. So, in these times, even though reports are inevitable by any business, there has to be a simpler way for engineers to prepare report.

We highlight 4 specific areas that every engineer should be entitled to make their life easier and their engineering targets are achieved quicker, without comprising the quality of work.

 

  1. Collaboration portal

Test reports are output to collective efforts put by a team in planning, preparing, executing & inferencing a test. While conducting a test, an information trail is setup, and this demands for a collaboration portal. This portal would benefit engineer & OEMs in accomplishing enhanced test case (& project management) where the test case is administered with respect to test unit, test lab & human resources. The engineer does not waste time in retrieving information or follow ups. From day one of portal implementation, engineer would find the workflows streamlined and sense the improvement in communication & team engagements.  The information & data sharing happens in an organized manner and no more it is scattered or person dependent. This information would be accessible all the time, independent of engineer’s location.

 

  1. Seamless connectivity – plug in the information gap

Engineer works in an heterogenous environment, where they are surrounded by many test sources, measurement systems, data formats, tools & software. These systems are mostly from various suppliers, with each specializing in their sphere of work. However, the challenge that engineer faces is of accessing the unified information pertaining to planning, execution and reporting procedure. The scattered information, which has structured & unstructured data, makes it difficult for the engineer to speed up test & its reporting. The need of hour for an engineer is an engineering portal that interfaces with other information sources and offers complete traceability by touching all the bases of prototype/product test lifecycle.

 

  1. Instant transparency

The immediate transparency of relevant information ensures that test engineers can identify targeted improvement opportunities. An unbiased view of productivity factors enables fact-based and conflict-free discussions about what action needs to be taken next. In this way, the person responsible for the test field can take the lead and drive these important discussions forward.

The standardization of the technology and content of the reporting systems allows for a reduction of administrative effort. At the same time, it participates in the continuous improvement of the reporting system. Special requirements can be taken into consideration by the test group and, pending feasibility, implemented quickly.

 

  1. Automate your reporting

Everybody would agree to the fact that engineers waste way too much time in preparing reports. Through the above three initiatives, engineer is able to search, compile and reuse the information & data. However, if all the information & data is available in the portal, then why shouldn’t the report making process also be automated? It reduces the human error & completes the information loop. Moreover, as the information & data in the system is standardized, organized & structurally stored, the system becomes machine-readable.

With every OEM investing on digital transformation, and trying to implement Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, this system will be future ready to those.

The above initiatives would assist the engineers in saving their efforts on non-core tasks and accomplish effectiveness in their engineering ecosystem.

As the end consequence of inefficiency at work, your engineering team fails to deliver quality end products and satisfy clients, resulting in your company or start-up never reaching the success it could. With tech becoming such an integral part of automotive and the stakes so high, it is important that the OEMs leave no stones unturned to make sure these engineering initiatives are adopted and creates an environment that enables engineers to innovate.

 

Your engineer & TITAN would be the best match!!

TITAN is an end-to-end test lifecycle solution. It supports engineering group to efficiently and effectively manage all aspects of test lifecycle. TITAN deliver critical insights to innovate test life cycle, increase testing productivity and efficiency, enhance team collaboration and engineering flexibility, maintain utmost quality and traceability, and ultimately lower cost & time of product validation.

TITAN helps test field managers to identify productivity opportunities. The transparency of the test field is simplified and forms the basis for the optimization of operating times. It can handle system engineering for any kind of vehicle (for any level of automation in vehicle), and is ready to handle the complex data landscape.

TITAN reporting portal automates the report preparation for the engineer. An engineer can easily select the choice of report, he/she wants to create at a click of button using the portal. As all the test lifecycle information is available in one portal, engineer can easily populate the parts of reports by selecting information like test plan details, test unit details, test data, part images (even, resizing), observations, incidents & concerns.

Click here to schedule a demo and see how test summary reports can be generated with a click.

Challenges in Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Validation
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A study, prepared by Strategy Analytics, predicts autonomous vehicles will create a massive economic opportunity that will scale from $800 billion in 2035 (the base year of the study) to $7 trillion by 2050. An estimated 585,000 lives could be saved due to autonomous vehicles between 2035 and 2045, the study predicts.

While science fiction movies of the 20th century predicted that we’d have flying cars by now, it appears that there are a different set of overarching themes in the auto industry currently on the cusp of becoming a widespread reality. Electric power and the discussion around emissions, has arguably received the most media attention, however other trends such as vehicle sharing, and vehicles being connected to the internet and each other are also becoming prominent. A yearly updating model, where both software and hardware (particularly in fleets), will also become relevant to reflect rapid changes in technology. The final trend is perhaps one with the most technological challenges, and the greatest implication for changing how humans interact with cars (and transport in general): autonomous vehicles.

An autonomous vehicle (also called a driver-less or self-driving vehicle) is one that senses its environment and operates without any human involvement. Companies such as Waymo, Uber, Tesla, and a myriad of others have been testing solutions for many years, however the task of testing and validating driverless vehicle technology comes with an array of challenges. Coupled with the fact that lives are at stake (both for passengers and pedestrians), there is little room for error. So what are the challenges facing autonomous vehicle testing and validation?

Let’s start with the issue of gathering enough data, which needs to be collected both from vehicle sensors and from external sources, which is then used to train AI models. While real-world testing offers valuable feedback, there is the difficulty of scaling, where it is physically infeasible to run the millions of miles of tests required to gather enough data. Additionally, there is a need for test commonality, whereby identical tests are run with different types of vehicles. So how does such a large number of tests get carried out in an appropriate time frame? The answer lies in parallelized computer simulations, where, in the case of Waymo, they can achieve around 20 million miles a day in their Carcraft simulation platform (the equivalent of 100 years of driving on public roads). Waymo Driver, the company’s autonomous vehicle software suite, has reportedly accumulated over 15 billion simulated autonomous miles as of April 2020.

The AI that drives a vehicle needs to also take into account various nuances during the vehicle’s operation, including the comfort of its passengers, which can sometimes be an overlooked factor during the testing process, which is why Waymo takes into account what it calls “Comfort Metrics”. Jonathan Karmel, Product Lead, Simulation & Automation at Waymo explained to VentureBeat that “Some of the key components are things like acceleration and deceleration, and we want to receive that information into simulation to predict what we think a rider or driver reaction would have been in the real world. There’s a machine learning model to predict what those reactions are in (Carcraft).”

While comfort is important, safety is essential. Autonomous vehicles sometimes struggle during adverse weather conditions, and when approaching unusual objects on the road ahead. In 2016 a Tesla operating in self-driving mode crashed into an overturned white truck trailer on the highway, and another Tesla in 2018 slammed into a parked fire truck. In both situations, the car’s sensors failed to ‘see’ the objects ahead. This notion of ‘seeing’ the road and approaching objects becomes even harder during bad weather. An autonomous vehicle uses multiple systems to drive itself, including GPS, traditional cameras, radar and LIDAR (a technology that bounces lasers off the surrounding environment). The LIDAR system can lose accuracy when operating through raindrops and snowflakes, and the car’s cameras can be blocked by fog or heavy snow. Potential solutions to these problems include creating overlapping, redundant systems on the car itself (in case one is inhibited), along with cars communicating with each other, and even embedding sensors in the pavement to feed data to the surrounding vehicles.

Developing the necessary hardware and software, along with the planning and manpower required to continually test the technology, requires huge capital investments. It is estimated that Waymo has spent around $3.5 billion so far, while Cruise has spent over $1 billion. Uber’s spend, as of 2019, has exceeded $1 billion, although the company has subsequently received investment and guidance from Toyota. While cost is often a natural obstacle for many pioneering technologies, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put an added strain on many autonomous vehicle testing operations, with various companies (including Uber and Cruise) halting their physical testing.

Assuming the autonomous vehicle industry overcomes its technological and economic challenges, there is one final obstacle to navigate once the technology is perfected: public trust. After a series of high-profile incidents, for example in March 2018 in which a self-driving Uber car struck a pedestrian who was walking across the road with a bicycle, public sentiment is skeptical of this emerging technology. According to a 2019 AAA survey, a worrying 71% of people are afraid to drive in fully driver-less vehicles. However earlier this month Waymo opened a small number of autonomous ride-hailing cars to a limited number of customers in Phoenix, with operations slowly ramping up over the coming weeks to anyone who downloads the smartphone app in the area.

Test Report Generation Challenges in Automotive Industry
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Test reports are vital in the vehicle development process as they contain data on how the vehicle will perform in the real world. Key stakeholders from multiple domains need test summary reports to make informed decisions regarding vehicle performance and modifications. They use the outcome of the tests to plan the next iteration of the prototype build. Informed decision and timely course correction keep the development project on track and avoids costly delays. Accuracy and Traceability of data are the key to generating test summary reports.

Creating test summary reports seems like a relatively straightforward, simple process. However, it is much more complicated than just writing a few key data points down. Some of the information that needs to be documented in a test summary report are:

  • Test cell details
  • Test Setup
  • Prototype specifications
  • Before and after test pictures
  • Inspection pictures and remarks
  • Test data analysis
  • Test Result

Scattered Information

Test data are not all synchronized in one convenient location. Even worse, test reports are often scattered and difficult to easily locate. Some groups may be using Excel while other groups are using an in-house developed application to store the test meta data and raw data files. Additionally, some testing groups still use pen and paper to, this can result in several data entry issues, such as human error or lost test data. Engineers can end up wasting countless hours chasing groups and other engineers around looking for the data that they need.

Most recently, COVID-19 has shown just how vital an information repository is, especially when forced to work remotely without having access to multiple hardware devices. The information needs to be accurate and accessible to all parties involved. Auto manufacturers and their testing groups need to take note of this and apply 21st century technologies to generating their test summary reports. Sadly, the automotive industry has not been able to streamline this problem.

Inefficient data storing process

Tests are meticulously planned and executed. However, the documentation process is not as streamlined as one would imagine. During the testing process, a lot of information needs to be recorded, documented and accounted for. Tests can have multiple iterations and getting all of this information categorically and storing into the proper format without making any mistakes is a tough task. Test pictures captured during the test setup, execution and tear down are stored on the devices or local systems. Attempting to sort, track and upload these pictures to relevant locations could be a full-time job for an employee.

Time Consuming

Speed is more important than ever. Automotive manufacturers are under immense pressure to work through prototype builds more quickly, so that they can bring new vehicles to market sooner. The time it takes to create the test summary report can vary anywhere from one week up to an entire month or two. The engineers are busy planning new tests and evaluating the results, the test report generation takes a backseat. If the stakeholders are waiting for test reports this can potentially cause a bottleneck in the key decision-making processes.

Stakes are high, is there a solution to this problem?

12th Wonder Has a Solution

12th Wonder identified all of these issues in the automotive industry and developed “Test Summary Report Generation” on TITAN platform to address these concerns. TITAN is the leading Test Lifecycle Management solution in the automotive industry. This comprehensive solution enables all parties involved in the prototyping testing process to collaborate and create generate test summary reports with speed, ease and traceability. Click here to schedule a demo and see how test summary reports can be generated with a click.

Need For Prototype Vehicle Management System
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Prototype testing has been around for as long as humans have been inventing. Creating the best version of a tool requires trial and error, and without testing, end users will be left with a product that may not perform as intended and/or one that may cause injury. Unexpected issues that engineers and designers do not anticipate will undoubtedly crop up during prototype testing; nowhere is this more true than in the automotive industry. Auto manufacturers need to perform comprehensive prototype vehicle testing to ensure passenger safety as well as overall vehicle quality.

As additional technology is incorporated into automobiles, prototype testing has taken on an even more important role within the automotive industry. The entirety of prototype testing process and management needs to be done correctly and timely, since prototype vehicles are incredibly expensive to manufacture. In fact, some of the most complex prototypes cost up to $200,000. Understandably, managing the testing of these valuable assets is a priority, but it is a surprisingly tricky process.

Why is it so difficult to manage the entire process?
Many would think that the automotive industry would have worked out all of the kinks in the prototyping testing process by now. However, that is far from the case. There are countless groups and individuals involved throughout the scope of the prototype testing. With so many moving parts, it isn’t surprising that the automotive industry has not developed an effective solution for prototype testing management. But because of this, the industry continues to face a number of issues that have not been properly addressed.

Why is it so Difficult to Manage Prototype Testing?

One of the biggest challenges that car manufacturers, OEMs, and testing groups face is that it is extremely difficult to track the history of the prototype vehicle part changes and the testing performed — let alone which group currently has the prototype. There is no universal tool that manufacturers, OEMs, and testing facilities can all collaborate on. As a result, these groups wind up using varying tools to keep track of the history and changes made to the prototype.

In some cases, teams may be forced to look at old emails to try and track down where the prototype is located and what changes were made. This confusion and lack of communication can lead to additional problems during the testing process. If testing groups are unable to locate the prototype, groups may be sitting around ready to test the prototype wondering where it is. Additionally if testing groups are unaware of changes made to the prototype, they may have to scramble to adjust their testing protocols. This lack of collaboration and refusal to adopt modern methods of communication and tracking could compromise the entire timing of the prototype testing program.

For an industry that actively embraces technology and innovation, the prototype vehicle testing management process has been stuck in the stone age for decades.

One way to solve many of these problems would be to build more prototypes. The issue is that costs would quickly skyrocket. Companies would spend key resources building multiple, unnecessary prototypes when there is a much more effective solution. 12th Wonder has developed a comprehensive software platform that tackles the key issues discussed. Instead of wasting time and resources the automotive industry has a new tool to handle prototype testing management.

TITAN Simplifies Prototype Test Management

TITAN application was developed using years of experience working within the automotive industry. 12th Wonder took the problems that the industry was experiencing and built a platform to alleviate them. The application is able to manage the vehicle prototype testing process from the build process to until it is either destroyed or retired.

Teams across groups and organizations will be able to use the same tools in order to keep track of the history, part changes, service history, test history, issues and current location of the prototype vehicle. Instead of relying on Excel or pen and paper, teams will be able to collaborate with TITAN application. Users can easily enter all the necessary information related to testing, which enables concurrent users to access information instantly. The changes that are made to the prototype vehicle during the testing process, inspections and maintenance will be well documented. Engineers can use the data to make better decisions, and can have faith that the data is accurate.

All testing and maintenance data, from crash rating testing to rear axle lifecycle testing, will be kept in one convenient place for all collaborators. Information silos in regards to prototypes will be effectively eliminated, and no departments will be left in the dark. If a prototype part needs to be replaced, OEMs and testing centers can stay on the same page in real time. TITAN improves the traceability, visibility, and efficiency of the entire prototype testing process. Overall, TITAN transforms the prototype vehicle management pipeline. TITAN takes all of the guesswork out of the decision-making process.

Managing vehicle prototype tests becomes a much simpler process with TITAN. Your team and collaborators will work better than ever to test prototypes that translate into vehicles that consumers love and trust. 12th Wonder can provide the necessary customization to ensure that your testing processes run smoothly.

To know more about TITAN and prototype vehicle management, schedule a demo today.

How To Manage End-To-End Vehicle Test Process
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Automotive vehicles, whether it is petrol, diesel, electric, CNG, or hybrid variant have to go through comprehensive test phases before homologation can be achieved. Vehicle testing is an exhaustive, time-consuming, and mandatory process, commencing at the blueprint level, continuing through the prototype to the production phases. It is after succeeding in end-to-end testing processes that a vehicle is ready to be mass-produced.
There are different kinds of testing that happen in an end-to-end testing process:

  • Performance Testing
  • Functional Testing
  • Crash Testing
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • NVH testing
  • And more..

Usually, the vehicle testing is done by a dedicated outsourced company or the by manufacturers themselves. Manually keeping a track of test schedules, correlating results, and updating testing progress is a daunting task. This is exacerbated with each team having their own workflows and reporting processes. The battery testing team might be using excel to manage their test plan and results, whereas the NVH testing team might be using a home-grown application to store test results.

To smoothen the processes; you need a centralized testing management platform that can streamline end-to-end testing processes while providing individual teams the flexibility of creating their own workflows and automate test results.

Following are the benefits that are realized from a test lifecycle management platform:

Maximize resource utilization:

Every workshop has different staff deployed for their assigned job roles. Most of the time, the test results they put are co-dependent. In a manual test management process, it is highly likely that labs and available resources are over-utilized or under-utilized due to lack of visibility. While a manual test process can become highly inefficient and lose valuable time, a test management platform can help you streamline and synchronize the vehicle testing labs, equipment, and the resources in a much better way.

So, the parameters and scenarios are too many.
How can vehicle testing teams harmonize the data and results across multiple co-dependent stages? In addition, using multiple data back and forth can create deadlock amidst teams, thereby hampering productivity.
Using a centralized online data on a platform will implement a comprehensive, auditable test process and collect all of your data in a single environment.

Generating insightful reports:

Reporting is one of the most crucial stages of vehicle testing for not only assessing the functioning of various stages of an automobile but also to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

Once the test is executed, it takes the engineer anywhere between a week or longer to prepare a report, depending on the kind of tests executed. One has to gather information scattered over multiple tools. Sometimes, critical information goes amiss, and then he/ she has to go manually compile the information into a report, contributing to delay and more efforts.

In a test lifecycle management platform, however, you have access to the real-time data, you can generate the reports on the go. So, the end-end testing process is a tedious task. You can only be sure of test results if you are ensured that every process was followed.

And only a test lifecycle management platform can ensure that! :

TITAN Test Lifecycle Management ensures your success by means of implementing a comprehensive, auditable test process and collects all of your data in a single environment.

With TITAN you can manage all your test articles in the Test Unit Management feature tool and enter all the specific details related to its configuration, build level, part numbers & serial numbers, modification & test history, firmware versions. Simultaneously you can look up your test facilities to see where open bandwidth exists that can afford you the ability to schedule in your test at the next opportunity. TITAN’s Test Planning feature tool allows you to easily track and manage all your many tests. And TITAN’s Reports feature tool you can create a custom dashboard to display the KPI’s that are important to you for tracking your test progress and tracking the issues discovered on the test.

To know more about TITAN and its features and how it can help you, schedule a demo today.

A Complete Guide: Crash Testing For Automobile
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Road accidents are the major cause of death worldwide, even after strict rules and heavy fines and safety-driven cars.

  • Worldwide, approximately 1.35 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,700 people lose their lives every day on the roads.
  • In the USA, more than 38,000 people die every year in crashes An additional 4.4 million are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.
  • According to the road ministry’s 2018 report, India had 467,044 reported road accidents. 60% of these accidents occur on the highway because of speeding.
  • The current speed limit in India is 80 km per hour on a 4-lane highway, 70 km per hour for urban roads. State and local governments in India may, however, fix lower speed limits.
  • In Japan, it is 100 km/ hour on the highway, 60 km/ hour on urban and rural roads.
  • In the USA, The standard speed limit is 70 mph for rural freeways, a 45 mph minimum speed limit, 65 mph for other 4 lane divided highways, and 55 mph for all other highways.

WHO recommends limiting the speed to 55-57 km/ hour to curtail about 30-37% lives. Not surprisingly enough, this is the exact range that Crash Test organizations use to check the safety of the car.

The Ministry of Road Transport in India had mandated that all four-wheelers will have to be mandatorily equipped with airbags, seat-belt reminders, reverse parking sensors, and a manual override for the central locking system. ABS was standardized across cars, already.
 All these measures are made to avoid a crash. But what happens to the occupants when it happens? What are the chances of survival? How do we predict serious injuries? What kind of impact is fatal? How safe is that vehicle in real-world scenarios?

Crash Testing answers all these questions and more.

What is a Crash Test?

In an ideal world scenario, we would want zero crashes and zero fatalities. But let’s talk about surviving the crash:

It is all about Kinetic Energy. In plain physics:

K.E. = ½ m *v *v
K.E. ∝ V2
K.E. ∝ M
Even though M is constant, you can understand that as the speed progresses, the kinetic energy is increased exponentially. Even though the crash depends on several factors such as the angle of impact, the object of the impact, seatbelt condition, crumpling capacity of the car. The idea of a perfect crash is to utilize that kinetic energy until it becomes zero.
A car safety system performs the following steps:
a. Seatbelt pre-tensioners tighten up the seatbelts soon after your car impacts, but before the airbag deploys.
b. The airbag is deployed
c. Force limiter releases the seatbelt after receiving the signal from SRS signal assembly
That’s why we need a crash test to understand how kinetic energy is behaving and impacting the vehicle and its occupants.

A Crash Test Entails These Things:

1. Type of crash test (Frontal/ Rear/ Side etc.)

2. Crash Test Dummies

3. Crash Test ratings

1. Types of Crash Testing

  •  Frontal-impact tests: The vehicle is impacted at a straight wall at a specific speed.
  • Moderate Overlap tests: The car impacts with a barrier. That is to say when a smaller fraction of the car is required to absorb all of the force.
  • Small Overlap tests: A small portion of the car’s structure strikes an object such as a pole or a tree, or if a car were to clip another car.
  • Side-impact tests: The car is impacted from the sides with a barrier. Side airbags come are the saviors in this scenario.
  • Pole-impact tests: A pole impacts at a smaller portion of the car. Similar to Small overlap tests, a large amount of force is applied to a small proportion.
  • Roll-over tests: It checks the car’s roof structure strength to support itself in a dynamic impact.
  • Roadside hardware crash tests: These tests are done to ensure that guard rails, signposts, light poles, and similar appurtenances do not pose an undue hazard to vehicle occupants.
  • Old versus new: An old and big car against a small and new car, or two different generations of the same car model.
  • Computer model: Simulated crash tests using computer models to refine their vehicle or barrier designs before conducting live tests.
  • Sled testing: It is used to test components such as airbags and seat belts by using reverse-firing sleds that are fired from a standstill, and decelerating sleds which are accelerated from a starting point.
  • Head restraints & seat test: IIHS tests vehicle seats and head restraints with a crash test dummy that has a realistic spine.
  • Headlight evaluation: IIHS does it where engineers measure the reach of a vehicle’s headlights as the vehicle travels straight and on curves.

2. Crash Test Dummies

A crash test dummy is built from materials that mimic the physiology of the human body, coming in different sizes for males, females, and children.

The real job of a dummy is to get the findings which are not possible to find from a real damaged human body.

It has 3 kinds of equipment to gather data:

  • Accelerometers: These devices measure the acceleration in a particular direction. It is used to check the probability of the injury and the sight of the injury.
  • Load sensors: They measure the amount of force on different body parts during a crash.
  • Motion sensors: Placed in dummy’s chest, they measure how much the chest deflects during a crash.

3. Crash Test Ratings

There is a lot of research that went to define the injuries so that the safety of the car could be rated. The car is basically rated in three scenarios based out of 1-5:

-Frontal Crash

It is given for the driver and side passenger, separately, based on the injuries to the below parameters.

  •  Head Injury Criteria (HIC)
  • Chest deceleration
  • Femur load

10% or lower chance of serious injury reflects a 5-star rating.

46% or greater chance of serious injury reflects a 1-star rating.

-Side Crash

Side impact affects the following parameters.

  •   Thoracic Trauma Index (TTI)
  • Lateral Pelvic Acceleration (LPA)

10% or lower chance of serious injury reflects a 5-star rating.

26% or greater chance of serious injury reflects a 1-star rating.

Organizations

Most of the car manufacturers use different quality materials for the same model in a different country. It becomes all-the-more important that every country has its own standardized assessment program.

A New Car Assessment Program is a government car safety program tasked with evaluating new automobile designs for performance against various safety threats.

1. U.S. NCAP – United States New Car Assessment Program

2. IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

3. ANCAP – Australasian New Car Assessment Program

4. JNCAP – Japan New Car Assessment Program

5. Euro NCAP – European New Car Assessment Program

6. KNCAP – Korean New Car Assessment Program

7. C-NCAP – China – New Car Assessment Program

8. Latin NCAP – Latin New Car Assessment Program

9. ASEAN NCAP – New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia

10. Global NCAP – Global New Car Assessment Program

11. BNVSAP – Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program

 

Conclusion

According to Japan Road Safety report, the number of traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants in Japan has fallen by 57% between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, 3.5 traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants were recorded compared to 13.4 in 2000.

Coming from a place where accidents meant a disability or fatality, we have come a long way.

From figuring out the crumple zone in 1971 to finding side curtain airbags in 98′, and advanced frontal airbags in 2004, the vehicles are now safer than ever.

All credit goes to the national/ global assessment program’s (NCAP) rating systems and car manufacturers who put their heart and soul to make those vehicles luxurious, powerful, elegant but most importantly: SAFE.

Test Incident & Concerns Management
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In developing any new product, you invest a great deal of time and energy into testing your products to ensure your designs meet a wide array of customer needs and regulatory requirements. Recording and tracking of issues are therefore one of the most important aspects to the output of testing. It’s critical to accurately record and track all your issues as Test Incidents and to then assess or judge them as being an actual Concern or not. If determined to be a Concern, proper assessment of issue severity and prioritization to drive countermeasure corrective actions is of the greatest importance.

Today, we are excited to announce the rollout of the Test Incident & Concerns Management feature in TITAN. Having a single system to manage the entire end-to-end test process including incident and concern management enables TITAN users to take advantage of all their existing data and information already recorded while documenting incidents, concerns, and countermeasure corrective actions. TITAN streamlines and simplifies the management of Issues discovered during testing without any need to incorporate other 3rd party tools.

We collaborated with subject matter experts from OEM’s listed in Fortune 50 as well as startups to ensure that the Test Incident and concerns management works great in most cases out of the box. Configuration options allow makes Test incident and concerns management flexible to handle your unique testing process.

In its most simplistic form, the Lifecycle of an Issue can be boiled down to 6 R’s:

  • Record Details
  • Review Information & Triage
  • Root Cause the Failure
  • Redesign for Countermeasures
  • Re-test to Validate Solutions
  • Report on Progress

And TITAN guides you every step of the way by managing all your Issues in a concise manner.

  • Dashboard: You can visualize all the Test Incidents & Concerns related to the team, individual team members, or to the individual or team the incidents are assigned to for resolution. Set up dashboards to quickly check to see how quickly incidents are being reviewed and judged and which are still awaiting triaging so you can focus your resources accordingly.
  • Create Incidents from the test: You can create an incident from a test and skip entering all the data twice.
  • Link Incidents: Ensure no duplications occur by linking multiple similar or identical incidents together and keep the context in one place.
  • Judge Incidents & Categorize Concerns: After recording the information related to the test incident, assign it to the appropriate individual to judge and assess whether it is a Concern. Then categorize the severity of the issue and prioritize the workflow to manage resolution.
  • Notifications: Add watchers to incidents & concerns so email notifications are automatically sent to users, like being assigned a new incident or when the status changes for an incident.
  • Assign the team: You can assign an incident & concerns to another user or group and collaborate in real-time.
  • Comment on Incidents & Concerns: You can comment on incidents and keep all the details of communication regarding the incidents together in one place and in context.
  • Root Cause Analysis: Keep details regarding root cause investigations collectively together in the same workspace while automatically keeping all watchers notified of information exchanges.
  • Design Countermeasures: Once countermeasures have been actioned, plan for retests to validate the new design meets test requirements.

TITAN helps to eliminate information silos by organizing your testing activities in one place. Keeping discussions about tests, incidents, concerns, and countermeasures all in one place where the entire team can stay on the same page. If you’re in the market for a Test Lifecycle management tool, check out our product at https://auto.testlifecycle.com/ and contact us for more information or schedule a product tour.

Why do you need Test Lifecyle Management
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We’re living in a time period where we have integrated software tools and apps into every aspect of our digital lives to enable a better way of living. The products we use are no longer designed using pen and paper with slide rules and an abacus. Computer-Aided Design and Simulation Tools as well as Rapid Prototyping Methods have increased the pace of development tenfold. So why are so many test groups still living in the dark ages?

More often than not, your test teams are using a myriad of inadequate software tools strung together and still relying on pen & paper for record-keeping. Think I’m kidding? Ask to see how your test groups are recording their information in their datasheets and vehicle setup specs. Test Operators & Technicians are still recording all these test details and data output by hand, requiring an additional step of data entry or worse yet, ignoring important pieces of information for lack of having a proper way of accounting for everything. All Test data is as good as gold and we shouldn’t overlook even innocuous details that can play a factor in a resulting pass or fail of a test due to a nuanced error in test setup.

The reality is most test teams don’t know there is a Test Lifecycle Management solution.

The Grim Reality…

And ask your Test Engineers how long it takes them to write their test reports. I bet they’ll tell you it takes them as much as 4 times as long to write their reports as it takes to run the test in the first place. Test Engineers love running tests but hate writing reports.

With any new project it’s important to get a pulse check on the present status of all your tests and what issues have been uncovered. If you don’t already have a fully integrated Test Lifecycle management tool, you’ll be forced to chase down bits of information from multiple people and multiple sources as you try to string together the full story of the health of your test program.

And for those test teams that have moved into the 20th century (but not quite into the 21st) and have found some software tools to meet their needs, ask them how many different software tools they have to utilize to even get close to being able to have an end-to-end process accomplished. My guess is they’ll cite as many as a dozen different tools with an overreliance on MS Excel that will shock you.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these tools are good at what they were designed for. But not a single one was designed with a focus on the Test & Development process. And by stringing together a dozen different inadequate tools creates a maze of processes for you and your test teams to navigate.

All this results in extra time and resources to accomplish the job in a less than efficient manner. This is real, tangible waste, not something theoretical.

The Good News…

Step into the 21st Century… TITAN Test Lifecycle Management Software is the only tool you need for a comprehensive single-source user environment to manage the entire end-to-end Test Process. No more having to use dozens of different software tools, TITAN replaces them all, keeping everything in sync in one secure environment. Every input made by each user is tracked and adds to the full story of the test from its initial concept to final completion and remains readily available as historical records. All this valuable information is right there in the same place and easily accessed.

And for your Engineers who hate writing Test Reports, they will rave over TITAN’s ability to automate much of your formal Test Reports with information already collected throughout the process.TITAN’s KPI Reports feature enables you to monitor your test progress and track issues discovered on the test. You can view overall progress by an individual or collective tests, issues generated on tests and their open/closed status, Issues assigned to groups or individuals, and quickly find where your attention needs to be focused. Learn more about how TITAN can benefit various users at https://testlifecycle.com/