"Ansys medini analyze has streamlined and accelerated functional safety analysis for hardware, software and systems — delivering possible efficiencies including an up to 50% reduction in the time devoted to these tasks"
- Kamil Svancara Cyber Security Manager / ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Automotive systems supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG utilizes Ansys medini analyze to drive agility, innovation and efficiencies in its embedded safety systems development and verification process. Ansys medini analyze has already reduced the time involved in functional safety analysis by up to 50% — and ZF is now applying medini analyze to cybersecurity analysis for an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) project.
Today’s passenger cars and commercial vehicles incorporate complex, integrated electronic systems — many of which are developed by ZF Group. ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act. The company is supporting the world’s automakers in realizing their vision for autonomous driving, electric mobility and other innovations via its best-in-class technology solutions.
According to Kamil Svancara, Cyber Security Manager at ZF Friedrichshafen AG: “As a systems supplier for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG places great emphasis on agility and innovation. To support exciting developments like autonomous driving and electric mobility, our R&D process must be fast, cost-effective and technically precise. Since 2014, many ZF projects relied on Ansys medini analyze to conduct functional safety analysis for our automotive electronics systems, growing from two licenses to over 50 today. By providing an easy-to-understand, visual representation of complex electronics and their integration points, Ansys medini analyze has streamlined and accelerated functional safety analysis for hardware, software and systems — delivering possible efficiencies including an up to 50% reduction in the time devoted to these tasks. Based on this success, in 2017 ZF’s advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) project team began to collaborate with Ansys to customize medini analyze for cybersecurity analysis. Just as medini analyze helped many ZF project teams deliver work products required by ISO 26262 for functional safety, it is also helping ZF’s ADAS project team to efficiently deliver work products required by the upcoming cybersecurity standard, ISO 21434. ZF is a strong advocate for model-based engineering, and Ansys medini analyze helps to reduce the complexity of analysis for embedded systems.”
The global automotive industry continuously pushes to improve its time-to-market and reduce its costs while meeting functional safety demands. Embedded systems from automotive suppliers must be capable of operating reliably and safely under challenging environmental conditions. Since 2014, ZF has been a pioneer in applying Ansys medini analyze to its functional safety engineering practices, delivering significant benefits in terms of consistency and completeness of work products. ZF estimates a possible reduction in the time needed to complete functional safety analysis of up to 50% with the use of Ansys medini analyze. In 2017, a ZF ADAS project team collaborated with Ansys to customize medini analyze for the additional challenge of cybersecurity threat analysis for its integrated electronic systems.