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Siemens and MaRS partner to help startups develop autonomous vehicles

The design and simulation software can help companies in the MaRS ecosystem conduct early design development and advanced verification of autonomous function and performance systems.

February 2, 2021  by CM Staff

Siemens and MaRS partner to help startups with autonomous vehicles.

Siemens Digital Industries Software and MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub, have partnered to provide over 1,400 Canadian science and technology companies with access to Siemens’ Xcelerator™ portfolio of software and services to support and accelerate the development of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. The design and simulation software can help companies in the MaRS ecosystem conduct early design development and advanced verification of autonomous function and performance systems.

Startup companies are at the forefront of engineering and product innovation and they encounter similar complex design challenges as their larger counterparts, so it’s vital that they build a foundation of digital technology that enable expansion and growth as company needs evolve. Most startups begin with core CAD and CAE technologies but evolving product complexity, for example the quantity of parts and design complexity, often require additional capabilities such as data management, advanced simulation, and manufacturing software. MaRS understands these needs and challenges and strives to provide foundational services to their startup community that enable development and growth.

“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,” said Oshoma Momoh, chief technical advisor at MaRS. “This industry-leading technology will help our community to speed innovation in the area of autonomous and connected vehicle development, which is a key focus area for MaRS. Siemens’ support for the startup community can help remove barriers, transforming engineering ideas into successful products that will benefit the future of mobility in Canada and around the world.”

The partnership offers MaRS clients access to multiple solutions of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio including:

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  • Solid Edge® software for 3D CAD, simulation, and design management,
  • NX™ software for advanced high-performance 3D computer aided design (CAD),
  • the Teamcenter® portfolio for product data and lifecycle management,
  • Simcenter™ 3D software for fully integrated CAE addressing multidisciplinary product performance engineering,
  • Simcenter™ Prescan™ software for advanced simulation of autonomous systems, helping to reduce field testing and expand coverage over infinite possible real-world scenarios.

MayaHTT, a long-time Siemens partner with experience in addressing technical challenges from chip design to full vehicle system validation will support MaRS companies with software deployment and training services.


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