Mazda Motor Corporation of Hiroshima, Japan, is streamlining automotive design on the system level through electrical design software developed by Siemens AG’s Mentor business. “Capital” – a suite designed to simplify the engineering of electrical systems for cars, aircraft, and other sophisticated machines – in enabling Mazda to optimize its highly complex next-generation electrical and electronic systems and how they integrate into the vehicle through automated model-based generative design.
Developing safe and efficient electrical designs is a critical component of holistic vehicle design as the automotive industry moves towards large scale system developments such as electrified powertrains and autonomous driving. These designs are often based on entirely new architectures and have become so complex that advanced software tools are needed to enable development efforts.
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