The number of ADAS in a vehicle is continuously increasing. These systems process the information from multiple sensors such as radar, cameras or the Global Positioning System (GPS). Because these sensors are located all over the vehicle, an efficient data communication network is necessary to share the information between the different ADAS. Additionally, these systems often demand commonly used, complex processing algorithms like fast Fourier transformation or a Hough transformation. It could be beneficial to have dedicated preprocessing nodes for this common task, maybe with optimized hardware architectures. This increases the requirements for the distributed ADAS network. By providing an optimised communication network, the amount of wiring can be reduced. The MOST communication network offers many features that are required for such a task.
The MOST network technology offers a variety of configuration alternatives. They have to be assessed to find the optimal solution, preferably in an early design phase. To support the assessment, an evaluation framework based on virtual prototyping has been developed. It reduces the evaluation complexity of such distributed, network-based applications.