Elektrobit helps new Chinese OEM bring its EV to market

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 20 Aug 2019


Elektrobit provided the software design, development and integration services for Weltmeister Motor’sfirst electric vehicle, the WM EX5, a compact sports utility vehicle.

Elektrobit (EB), the global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry and a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental, today announced that it provided the software design, development and integration services for Weltmeister Motor’s (WM) first electric vehicle, the WM EX5, a compact sports utility vehicle.

Weltmeister Motor is an emerging provider for new energy vehicles and mobility solutions in China. EB was brought in specifically for the design and development of basic software for electronic control units (ECUs) associated with the new vehicle’s communication systems supporting diagnostics and AUTOSAR network management. EB also provided software for supporting over-the-air updates in the EX5.

“WM Motor is committed to developing smart EVs, and the integrated software systems are much more sophisticated than those in traditional ICE vehicles.  EB is one of our most important partners in our value chain,” said Freeman H. Shen, Founder, chairman and CEO of WM Motor. “We very much appreciated the EB team’s expertise in software and experience with AUTOSAR, as well as their willingness to work alongside us to bring the smart EV, WM EX5 to life.” 

With its software powering over 1 billion devices in more than 100 million vehicles globally, EB offered WM Motor its expertise and significant resources including a local team out of EB’s China office. The company used its lean and agile development approach to facilitate collaboration and stay on top of the schedule. EB also worked with various Tier 1 suppliers involved in the project, creating documentation, user manuals and training materials to ensure all teams were aligned.

WM Motor is using EB tresos, which enables industry-leading implementation of AUTOSAR- and OSEK/VDX-compliant basic software for automotive ECUs. It also enables customisation of basic software to meet WM Motor’s specific requirements.

“It has been exciting and rewarding to partner with WM Motor in developing and designing key systems for their first vehicle,” said Christian Reinhard, executive vice-president, Head of Projects, Elektrobit. “WM Motor is one of a handful of young automakers that are exploring new ways of producing vehicles, really shaking things up in terms of development approaches and time to market. We’re proud to have worked alongside the WM team and their suppliers to bring the EX5 to production.”

A leader in automotive software with over 30 years serving the industry, EB‘s software powers over one billion devices in more than 100 million vehicles and offers flexible, innovative solutions for connected car infrastructure, human machine interface (HMI) technologies, navigation, driver assistance, electronic control units (ECUs), and software engineering services.