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Driverless Trains: The Future Is Now

Posted by Novel Engineering on February 7, 2018

There’s been an awful lot of hype in recent years over self-driving cars. And indeed, if successfully implemented, autonomous vehicles providing the same service that taxi and commercial truck drivers do today will be a big deal. But there’s a similar application for this technology which is equally important, and in some ways, easier to implement: driverless trains. This technology is not just theoretical: it’s already in use right now, and the odds are that you’re going to be hearing a lot more about this technology in the near future.

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Taking Flight with Safety-Critical Embedded Systems

Posted by Novel Engineering on January 31, 2017

Flight is one of the miracles of modern life. It has made the world a smaller place, allowed human beings to travel from one side of the Earth to another in less than 24 hours, and helped usher in an integrated, globally connected economy. It’s also an essential component of military activity around the world. Such complex and expensive machines require sophisticated safety-critical embedded systems in order to function properly. In this article, we’ll explain how these systems are put to work in aviation applications.

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Improving Transportation Safety and Efficiency with Positive Train Control

Posted by Novel Engineering on November 15, 2016

The Modern Railroad

Having come far from the days of steam engines and hand signals, modern railroads make use of all the latest embedded systems technology in order to make railway freighting and transportation safer, more efficient, and more reliable. One of the biggest innovations of late is positive train control, a way to streamline and automate the prevention of certain kinds of accidents.

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The Benefits of Model-Based Verification & Validation

Posted by Novel Engineering on November 11, 2016

The Model Mindset

Model-based systems engineering is based on the concept of "domain models", which is conceptually similar to objects in computer programming. Domain models contain not only data but also the behavior of the system being modeled. The fundamental idea is to bridge the gap between the often intricate, low-level nature of the engineering and the concrete reality of the actual product by using abstractions to develop essential models which capture the essence of the product without showing the underlying complexity. This is useful for many reasons, a few being:

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Building Embedded Systems for the Rail and Locomotive Industry

Posted by Novel Engineering on October 25, 2016

The use of locomotives for transportation still offers many benefits, and it is still one of the most economical choices for freighting in the United States. Trains are no longer the primitive technology they once were, and modern trains incorporate embedded systems to perform a variety of functions to increase safety and productivity. While these systems can be a boon, they must be designed to the strictest of standards by a team with experience building embedded systems for the rail and locomotive industry.

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