TRUST-E Project Profile now available

26 Aug 2021

TRUST-E [Trustable (sensor-driven) electronics – for Automotive, Aviation and Industrial Applications]

With the emergence of autonomous vehicles and smart mobility, transport and road travel are undergoing a transformation. New technologies are paving the way towards easier, more efficient journeys and the goal of zero traffic fatalities. As critical tasks are increasingly transferred to vehicles and machines, it is vital to have trust that they will operate safely and reliably at all times. This, in turn, implies that the electronic components and systems in these vehicles and machines must be completely ‘trustable’ (trustworthy). Safety and reliability are non-negotiable requirements. The TRUST-E project is addressing these needs through the development of methodologies and processes for trustable electronic components, modules, and systems that can be used in automotive and aviation applications, and in industrial settings. It will prove their effectiveness by means of three ‘Digital Eye’ demonstrators, covering each of the three application areas.

Trustworthiness at every level from components to system integration

Electronic systems for future vehicles and industrial machines must not only function flawlessly in harsh conditions but also have a long lifetime, which might be up to 30 years in some cases. Yet today, many of the necessary technologies still have critical limitations. Smart sensors, which ‘see’ their environment, provide signals that still are too fragmented and incompletely fused into information to be directly usable for decision-making and acting in real-time. In addition, usual methods for assessing which existing consumer components could be used in automotive and industrial applications cover only hardware not software. Moreover, there are no certification schemes for electronic systems that simultaneously assess both hardware and software. Consequently, smart approaches to functional safety for safe operation – such as predictive ‘health management’ for fault detection and AI algorithms tailored to local computing capabilities within vehicles or machines – are required.

Given these needs, TRUST-E is targeting a significantly increased trustworthiness of complex systems, focusing on advanced sensor systems across the whole chain from single components, via modules, to system integration. It will deliver innovations in hardware reliability, safety, health / lifetime monitoring, and the use of embedded AI techniques for highly demanding applications in sensing and Edge computing for mobility. These applications are, for example, autonomous vehicles and semi-automated wheelchairs, as well as aviation guidance systems, and collaborative industrial machines. The envisaged demonstrators will provide a holistic view of novel capabilities, with a focus on trustworthiness and AI that ensures the dependability of real-time responsiveness, fault tolerance, risk management and Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) conformity in resource- and energy-constrained embedded distributed systems and applications as mentioned above.

Among the many TRUST-E innovations will be: advanced components in 7 nm semiconductor technology; techniques for building trustable systems including simulation tools and testing; complete reliable and trustable sensor-based systems including deep-edge smartness or ‘AI in a die’ and computational empowerment of a sensor node; and embedded AI techniques for health information from sensor nodes based on data-driven models to complement physics-of-failure models, thereby enabling real-time health- and reliability assessments.

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