How to conduct experiments with a real car? experiences and practical guidelines

Thomas Hutzelmann, Dominik Mauksch, Alexander Pretschner

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Abstract

Higher computational power, new dimensions of interconnectivity and modern machine learning techniques are necessary for building a fully autonomous car, but exhibit an enormous technical complexity. Research about new approaches and technology for handling this complexity raises a problem: On the one side, researchers advocate transitions and replacements for the current systems mainly without deploying them in real cars on the streets. On the other side applying theoretical approaches without clear evidence of their practical benefits is risky for the practitioners. As a solution to close this gap, researchers should bring their ideas more often into physical cars and support their proposals with measurements from realistic experiments. With this paper, we share our insights from an academic perspective about connecting scientific prototypes with a real car. (1) We discuss three interface designs for setups with differing connectivity to a running car; (2) We provide a checklist for planning and organizing real car experiments including a discussion of involved trade-offs; (3) We give practical advice and identify best practices learned from our own experiments inside a car. In sum, we demonstrate that even with a short budget and a small team size it still is possible to bring prototypes into real cars.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Architecture - 14th European Conference, ECSA 2020 Tracks and Workshops, Proceedings
EditorsHenry Muccini, Mirco Franzago, Paris Avgeriou, Barbora Buhnova, Javier Camara, Mauro Caporuscio, Anne Koziolek, Patrizia Scandurra, Catia Trubiani, Danny Weyns, Uwe Zdun
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages518-526
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030591540
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th European Conference on Software Architecture,ECSA 2020 - L'Aquila, Italy
Duration: 14 Sep 202018 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1269 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference14th European Conference on Software Architecture,ECSA 2020
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityL'Aquila
Period14/09/2018/09/20

Keywords

  • Automotive
  • Car interface
  • Experimental evaluation

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