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Siemens offers software to startups for autonomous vehicle design


Siemens will offer its Xcelerator design and simulation software to MaRs Discovery District startups. Photo: Siemens

Siemens Digital Industries Software has teamed up with Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District to accelerate startups that are developing autonomous and connected vehicles.

MaRs, an innovation hub, will facilitate access for 1,400 Canadian science and technology companies to Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of design and simulation software and services.

MaRs says that while most startups develop with core CAD and CAE technologies, evolving product complexity has led to the need for data management, advanced simulation and manufacturing software.

Companies will have access to several areas of the Xclerator portfolio, including Solid Edge software for 3D CAD, simulation and design management, NX software for advanced 3D computer aided design, the Teamcenter suite for product data and lifecycle management, Simcenter 3D software for fully integrated CAE that addresses multidisciplinary product performance engineering, and Simcenter Prescan software for advanced simulation of autonomous systems.

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“Through this partnership with Siemens, we will provide our community with access to a complete autonomous vehicle software platform for complex system design, from ideation through realization,” says Oshoma Momoh, chief technical advisor at MaRS, in a statement.

MayaHTT, a Siemens partner with a background in solving technical challenges such as chip design to full vehicle system validation, will support MaRS companies with software deployment and training services.

“The rise of autonomous and connected vehicles is changing the way the vehicles are designed, manufactured and tested. This emphasis on agile development cycles requires new partnerships and collaboration across the supply chain,” says Jamie Dinsmore, vice-president and country manager, Canada at Siemens Digital Industries Software.

“We are proud to partner with MaRS to empower Canadian startups by providing data management and simulation tools they can use from the beginning of their journeys, which can enable traceability, collaboration and early design validation that can improve product delivery and success.”