Flexible data storage system speeds ADAS tests

July 27, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Flexible data storage system speeds ADAS tests
Laboratory system provider National Instruments (NI) and Seagate have jointly developed a scalable data storage system for in-vehicle installation. Test engineers can use it to record sensor and ground truth data during road tests to verify sensor capabilities and train ADAS and autonomous vehicle (AV) algorithms.

The storage system combines NI's in-vehicle data acquisition systems with Seagate's data transfer and edge storage services, enabling OEMs and suppliers to store and use data efficiently. This enables users to accelerate ADAS testing and realise greater depth of testing in the field.

The offering is NI's response to the ever-increasing amounts of real-time data generated during road testing of highly automated vehicles. The latest generations of automated vehicle systems require more real-world road data than ever before. In practice, several hundred terabytes accumulate per test day and vehicle, making efficient data storage all the more important. With the offering, OEMs and suppliers can modernise their data storage strategy from self-managed storage systems to "Storage as a Service" (StaaS), resulting in reduced costs and more efficient storage. To do this, NU has combined its in-vehicle Data Record System AD data logger for ADAS and autonomous vehicles with Seagate's Lyve Mobile edge data transfer services.

Seagate's Lyve Mobile is designed to help users avoid long lead times and additional costs for edge data storage hardware by moving from a CapEx to an OpEx model. NI sees the offering as a key component in accelerating the product lifecycle for ADAS components and autonomous vehicles.

Seagate's Lyve Mobile accelerates access to data collected by autonomous vehicles for analysis and algorithm optimisation. The storage system can be mounted directly in the boot of the vehicle and stores all data in real time. Once the data collection drive is complete, it can be transported to the nearest edge data centre and the data transferred directly for immediate use.

The collaboration between NI and Seagate is designed to expand in the future. Together, the two companies aim to build a comprehensive portfolio for data storage and transfer from the vehicle to the cloud, enabling OEMs to use data more efficiently and reduce development time and costs.

NI Data Record System AD


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