Vehicle construction – an understanding of the entire system.
Obtaining valid test results with high-quality test vehicles: our vehicle construction services concern the construction and adaptation of pre-series vehicles, development mules and prototypes. We understand our projects as end-to-end assignments; as well as assisting with vehicle construction and adaptation, we offer advice and support on integrating and commissioning measurement technology. Based on our many years of experience in vehicle construction and with highly qualified employees at our disposal, we can provide advice when selecting suitable measurement components and offer tailor-made solutions. Equipped with modern workshop technologies, our halls meet the strictest security standards in terms of prototype protection. We can organise and conduct test runs on your behalf, either at our testing and trialling centres or on the road, in Germany or further afield. Take advantage of our full-service package, from construction to commissioning to analysis.
Our vehicle construction services
From prototypes and development mules to pre-series vehicles, we can take care of all vehicle construction and adaptation tasks for you. Our developers change the level of integration and retrofit individual systems to a new level of development. Our technicians update hardware and software and make adaptations relating to hybridisation and e-mobility. We build development mules to trial advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and conduct testing to validate functions. To ensure test results are valid, we support you from organising the components through to finalising the vehicles in a condition ready for testing.
By drawing on expertise developed over many years and a defined metrological process, our technicians can undertake complex measurement tasks for you. Using application-oriented assembly solutions following the principle of modular design, we can design measuring equipment set-ups in the vehicle boot according to your specific requirements. We implement neat, clear and safe cable routing, thereby making it easy to produce documentation and carry out maintenance during test runs. Our full-service offering includes interfaces inside the vehicle and the creation of a workstation for the front-seat passenger. To ensure measurement tools remain stable and are vehicle-independent, our technicians have developed an independent power supply system with an integrated starter pack – the ASAP Mobile Power Supply (MPS).
We inspect components in isolation before installing them to ensure that the vehicle and measurement technology will interact without any issues. For our ASAP specialists, this pre-commissioning stage begins with setting up all electronic components on a test bench. Using CP tools, our technicians code and parametrise control units and perform functional checks. If the vehicle is already fully assembled, we oversee commissioning of the development mule with the integrated measurement tools. Finally, we inspect the vehicle in checkIT and document the results in AVxNT in order to provide complete, seamless documentation.
Whether planning, producing, measuring or commissioning – in pre-production, we work on the body in white and welding equipment. Our technicians can design clamping and fixation concepts tailored to your specific requirements and conduct welding clamp examinations and accessibility studies on the vehicle. With many years of expertise and using our ASAP control gauges, we can guarantee you consistently high product quality. We act as your full-service partner at all times and stand ready to support and advise you from the concept phase onto production and through to delivery and commissioning.
Acid test of driver-assistance systems.
Vehicles and their components are exposed to all manner of different influences in their day-to-day use; vibrations, cold and heat are just three examples. This is why, in addition to testing at our testing and trialling centres, we conduct test runs worldwide, both on the road and on testing grounds. By working with us, you benefit from our employees’ many years of expertise in planning and implementing national and international test runs. We take care of vehicle construction and adaptation in accordance with your testing requirements. No matter whether a vehicle needs to be constructed at the start of a project or if suitable measurement technology is still to be installed – when it comes to testing driver-assistance systems, we can undertake the construction and adaptation of entire fleets of vehicles. During testing, our ASAP specialists take component-specific measurements for the complete vehicle and guarantee that results are documented in full.
Vehicle conversion for autonomous driving.
Next stop: the future. We construct vehicles fitted with sensors for autonomous driving for our customer Elektrobit (EB). Our ASAP developers equip vehicles with measurement technology and sensors such as cameras, RADAR and LiDAR. Two GPS antennae on the roof make it possible to geolocate the vehicle precisely. The measurement technology in the boot controls the accelerator and brake pedals as well as the steering. After making the adaptations, we also maintain our customers’ vehicles, updating software and hardware and using the data collected in further development.
Tooling workshop for mobility of the future.
By constructing and adapting pre-series vehicles, development mules and prototypes, our vehicle construction division promotes the development of new vehicle functions and components. As well as vehicle adaptations, developments in the field of e-mobility mean regular updates for vehicle hardware and software are required. Our engineers integrate new development milestones in our processes so that our developers always have state-of-the-art technology at their disposal. This allows us to tap into the benefits of developments from other fields. While the implications of e-mobility for vehicle construction involve updating entire vehicles, the rise of autonomous driving primarily involves adapting development mules and prototypes. This is because developing these highly automated vehicles requires engineers to find space on prototypes for a large number of environmental sensors. The goal is to integrate sensors, cameras and RADAR and LiDAR systems in a vehicle without negative impacts on its aesthetics, comfort or function.
Michael Seifert – Head of ASAP Vehicle Centre, Ingolstadt.
Helping to shape innovative technologies for new generations of vehicles – this aim was always at the front of Michael Seifert’s mind. Now, as Head of the ASAP Vehicle Centre in Ingolstadt, he pursues this aim every single day. The former automotive engineering student joined ASAP as a Development Engineer in 2012 and can look back on a stellar career to date. As well as supporting him through a Master’s course alongside his work, ASAP has promoted Seifert’s professional development with in-house development programmes, such as the talent promotion and management development programme. Michael’s team is responsible for the construction and adaptation of pre-series vehicles, development mules and prototypes.