Controls & calibration

Controls & calibration


Modern transmissions require increasing levels of electronic control and calibration to boost performance and fuel economy. Ricardo assists clients by providing complete “end to end” support for all aspects of transmission control system design, development and calibration. This support is based on a holistic system engineering approach where experienced Ricardo engineers offer industry expertise on activities such as bench-marking, target setting, system requirements, system and software architecture, control unit specification, sensor and actuator selection and model based software development.

Ricardo can provide this support across a complete range of market sectors including Sports Car, Passenger Car, Commercial Vehicles and Agricultural vehicles, and additionally across all transmission types – AMT, DCT, AT, DHT, CVT and EDU (Electric Drive Units).

FAST-R: Flexible Advanced Software for Transmission control from Ricardo

As an additional benefit of selecting Ricardo as supplier of transmission control services, Ricardo customers benefit from Ricardo’s FAST-R Transmission Control Software library. This builds on over 20 successfully delivered projects to provide customers with a highly adaptable baseline transmission control software which enables rapid production of solutions for any application, and for a wide range of transmission types including hybrid powertrains.

FAST-R has been successful at significantly reducing product development time, cost and risk. A modular approach allows our engineers to quickly adapt FAST-R to align with new concepts and architectures, this also means that FAST-R is well-suited for rapid prototyping as well as production intent development. FAST-R also uses high level lessons-learned and logic reuse enabling the software to continually adapt and improve, capturing over 30 man years of experience from previous projects. All software functions undergo unit level and system level testing resulting in improved software quality, reliability, and architecture.

Ricardo offers “white-box” open access to FAST-R software subject to a one-off IP fee. Additionally Ricardo are experts in conducting knowledge transfer throughout the course of a project so that the customer develops the skills and expertise internally in order to take control, ownership and management of the software once the project is completed. A number of options are available depending on customer needs. Please get in contact for more information.

rCube2: Rapid prototyping ECU

rCube2 is a user ready rapid prototyping electronic control unit (ECU) based on AUTOSAR that enables fast and efficient development of control systems from initial concept to production.

The system has been successfully used on a number of projects including diesel/gasoline/CNG engines, transmission, hybrid powertrain control, as well as real-time 1-D gas dynamics engine model integration (WAVE-RT) into an engine control strategy.

Key benefits of the Ricardo service

  • Access to a world-class team of control and calibration specialists with expertise and experience across a wide range of transmission types and vehicle applications including passenger, sports, commercial and agricultural vehicles
  • A team capable of adapting their design approach to meet a client’s or Ricardo’s standards and processes
  • Open access to Ricardo’s FAST-R for a one off IP fee
  • Compliance to ISO 26262 (if required) and MISRA-C/MAAB guidelines
  • V-cycle or AGILE development process can be followed depending on project needs
  • Ricardo’s internal FAST-R development process has recently been certified to industry standard ASPICE system.