Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles.
This arrangement gives students access to components and systems that might otherwise be unavailable or too expensive for them to use. Sponsors are able to promote their technologies and observe how they perform during rigorous and innovative use. Sponsors have the opportunity to meet, work with, and recruit hundreds of the nation’s most motivated and talented engineering students. Sponsors also gain international media coverage and develop partnerships with government, industry, and academia.
AVL Powertrain Engineering
AVL Powertrain Engineering is the world’s largest privately owned and independent company for the development of gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuel powertrain systems, as well as fuel cell and hybrid technologies. For more than 60 years, AVL has been active in the development of engines and powertrains providing low fuel consumption. Powertrain Engineering activities embrace all functions from concept definition through to production development. Supported by comprehensive in-house research, AVL’s engineering specialists design and develop engines for both stationary and mobile applications, transmissions, and complete powertrain systems. The company offers combined solutions of powertrain engineering, simulation software, and testing and instrumentation systems. AVL guarantees close cooperation with customers by affiliates and local offices worldwide. AVL’s North American headquarters is located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan. By supporting EcoCAR, AVL is proving its commitment to the future of our industry with the ongoing, hands-on education of tomorrow’s engineers and leaders. For more information, visit www.avl.com.
Bosch in North America is part of the Bosch Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs nearly 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2012. The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of $67.5 billion. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some $6.1 billion for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. For more information, visit www.careers.bosch.us.
ETAS provides a comprehensive portfolio of open tools for vehicle ECU development, used extensively by automotive and heavy duty diesel manufacturers and adjacent segments of the embedded industry. Our business activities focus on increasing customer process efficiency and process quality. ETAS products can be easily integrated into existing customer processes including any required integration into and with 3rd party products. In addition, ETAS is recognized as the global thought leader in embedded software development, offering tools and engineering services around the implementation of the AUTOSAR software architecture, functional safety, real-time operating systems, and embedded security. Complete solutions for control-systems development, i.e. modeling/integration, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL), rapid-prototyping, and measurement/calibration are widely used globally. INCA, ETAS’ calibration and measurement software, for example, is the industry standard used by more than 15,000 engineers worldwide. Over 50 million vehicles around the globe run on software validated by LABCAR, ETAS’ HiL testing system. The product portfolio is further complemented by engineering services, consulting, training, and premium customer support. ETAS is an active participant in standards consortiums such as ASAM, OSEK, Nexus, AUTOSAR, AESAS, FlexRay, LIN, and JasPar. 650 ETAS personnel worldwide represent the company in the markets of Germany, the United States, Japan, Korea, P.R. China, India, France, UK, Sweden, Italy, Brazil, and the Russian Federation. For more information, visit www.etas.com
dSPACE, Inc. is a market innovator and leading producer of engineering tools for embedded controller development. The company provides integrated systems for prototyping control algorithms, automatic production code generation, controller testing, controller calibration, and engineering support services. dSPACE looks forward to participating in the EcoCAR competition as an opportunity to empower student engineers to quickly develop innovative solutions to the challenges of reduced emissions, increased performance, and driver satisfaction. The company’s robust and comprehensive ECU development environment can dramatically reduce development time and costs, while providing increased flexibility for continuous process modifications. Today, more than 20,000 dSPACE systems are in use worldwide, serving customers in the automotive, aerospace, commercial/off-highway, agricultural, educational, engineering, robotics, and noise and vibration industries. Visit www.dspaceinc.com for more information.