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100+ million miles of production engine control software

150+ rapid controls prototyping & technology development projects

100,000+ ECUs in production using Pi developed software

The combination of Pi Innovo’s engineering consulting team and our OpenECU® rapid controls prototyping platform has positioned us to support a broad range of production and prototype vehicle control systems programs.  The same OpenECU module used for your model based rapid controls system development can also be used for demonstration fleets and low to intermediate volume production.   Pi Innovo has the experience and process discipline to execute safety critical production hardware and software programs and the flexibility to “do what it takes” for rapid controls prototyping.   Many customers engage with Pi Innovo for our production ready customizable OpenECU platform but become long-term customers as they experience working with our engineering team. A growing portion of Pi Innovo’s business is to deliver fully custom electronic hardware designs to meet specific customer performance, cost, reliability and packaging requirements.

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Seeing Machines Productionization

Pi Innovo provided focused offerings in the productionization of an image processing based safety device for Seeing Machines, a leading provider of image processins based driver safety systems.

Production Software Development Support; Aftertreatment Application

Pi Innovo worked as an integrated part of a customer's team to support managing production application code delivery to multiple end-customers. All production level applications were developed using the MATLAB Simulink toolchain.

Production Software Development for Climate Control Switch-pack / Human Machine Interface

Pi Innovo developed the software for the climate control switch pack of a Tier 1 supplier. The software has been used on five different vehicles with various model year upgrades on each vehicle.

Production Passenger Car Diesel Engine Controls for Ford Puma Engine

Pi Innovo was selected to provide experienced systems and software engineering resources to serve as an integrated portion of Ford's diesel engine development program.

Production High Performance Engine Management Systems for Aston Martin

Pi Innovo was engaged to provide an engine management system (EMS) to control the new high performance vehicle powertrain for the V8 Vantage and DB9 vehicle programs.

Production Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Controls Software Development

Pi Innovo is experienced with both high and low level requirements for standard engine control systems, to include developing a safety systems for a Tier 1 supplier.

Production Gasoline Engine Control Software Development

Pi Innovo has successfully worked with a large OEM's engineers to develop gasoline engine control software. The integrated teams have greatly expanded Pis' expertise.

Production ECU Replaces Existing Bosch ECU for VW Citi-Golf Engine Control

Pi designed, developed and implemented a gasoline engine ECU and full control software to meet the first South African emission regulations.

Powertrain Control on Ford Hybrid Electric Escape SUV

Pi Innovo took responsibility for four of the Hybrid Escape's powertrain control software features, including the feature central to starting and stopping the vehicle's drive system to take full advantage of the hybrid electric technology.

OpenECU Used to Develop Military Vehicle ABS/TCS/ESC Production System Control Software

Development of ABS system with brake-based Traction Control and Stability Management for AM General’s next-generation light tactical wheeled vehicle application.

OpenECU Used for Production Active Aerodynamic Systems Control

Pi Innovo developed an active aerodynamic systems controler for a well known European boutique supercar manufacturer.

OpenECU Series Hybrid Control System for Protean Electric Vehicle Durability Testing

Pi Innovo developed a full series hybrid control system and electrical architecture based on a standard production GM light commercial vehicle.

OpenECU Replaces Production GDI ECU for Emissions Control Research

Pi Innovo's M670 OpenECU is being used by the Environmental Protection Agency for emissions control research.

OpenECU Platform Used to Develop Torque-based Traction Control

Pi Innovo’s engineering team used the OpenECU platform to develop custom control algorithms to provide individual wheel torque management via hydraulic-controlled limited-slip differentials

OpenECU in prototype Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicle

Pi Innovo systems engineers and OpenECU are Jaguar Land Rover choice for rapid development of a prototype electric vehicle for use in South African game reserves.

OpenECU Gasoline Engine Control Strategies Replace Production Bosch EMS

A combination of Pi Innovo’s OpenECU engine controller, Gasoline Engine Control Strategies, and Pi’s systems and controls engineering teams provided support for a MIRA demonstrator vehicle.

OpenECU for Vehicle Supervisory Control in Autonomous Vehicles; Controlling Engine, Braking and Transmission

Pi Innovo’s Engineering Team using the OpenECU M460 created the controls enabling key functions of Lockheed Martin’s appliqué vehicle autonomy solution.

OpenECU for Developing Semi-Active Suspension Control

Development of a semi-active suspension control system to meet the mobility, transportability and survivability requirements of next-generation military light tactical wheeled vehicles.

OpenECU Engine Management System for a 3 Cylinder, 2 Stroke Heavy Fuel Engine

Pi Innovo designed a control system for a spark-ignited engine with two injectors per cylinder. The application involved semi-custom hardware.

OpenECU Enables Rapid Design and Control System Calibration for LIFECar

OpenECU provided invaluable benefits to an innovative fuel cell vehicle developments within the LIFECar project.

OpenECU Deployed on Autonomous Vehicle

Pi Innovo’s OpenECU embedded controls platform, AutonomouStuff, and Harbrick combined forces for the development and deployment of ADAS functions and autonomous capabilities.

Open ECU Used for Chinese New Energy Vehicle Project

Pi Innovo NEV control strategies and production software experience were called on to support a Chinese OEM in the development of a prototype NEV using OpenECU.

Novel Hydraulic Energy Storage System for Jaguar Hybrid Vehicle

Open ECU was used alongside a novel, hydraulic energy storage system to create a demonstrator vehicle based on an X-type Jaguar production car.

Motorcycle Radio Infotainment System Design & Manufacture

Pi Innovo was subcontracted by Alpine to design and manufacture an advanced radio infotainment module as an OEM option fit BMW's latest range of high-end motorcycles.

M460 OpenECU as Supervisory Controller on Electric Vehicle

Pi Innovo assisted Optimal Energy with the system architecture and use of OpenECU for the development of a core electronic module for Africa's first electric vehicle.

Lycoming Dual-Redundant Safety-Critical Electronic EMS for Aircraft Application

Pi Innovo adapted proven automotive technology to aircraft piston engine control applications including the necessary dual-redundant functionality to comply with aviation safety and flight control requirements.

Land Rover Electric All Terrain Vehicle

Pi Innovo was once again called on to further develop a concept to enable the assessment of the applicability of an electric Defender for wider use.

Gasoline Engine Control Strategy for Powertrain Optimization Using a Novel Gearbox Design

Pi Innovo implemented off-the-shelf gasoline control strategies to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize emissions on a V8 engine.

Ford Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicle Control Software

Pi Innovo developed a software platform that would run on three of the vehicle's controllers; Vehicle System, Energy Management and Thermal System.

EMS and V-Model ECU Development Process Knowledge Transfer for Chinese OEM

Pi Innovo is supporting a Chinese OEM in the development of a control system for very large marine engines. The OEM is looking to develop their own capability with respect to engine controls and ultimately have the ability to design their own engine controllers.

Custom Injector Drive Module for Propane Autogas Injectors

Starting with an existing M220 OpenECU, a customized variant (M221) was created to drive up to 10 injectors in addition to controlling a Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) tank system .

Custom Injector Drive Module for Novel New Piezo CNG Injector

Pi Innovo designed, developed, and delivered A-samples for a custom piezo injector driver module for a CNG application in five months.

Custom Electronics Solution for Sensorless BLDC Motor Control

Pi Innovo designed custom electronics for a customer to control a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor that runs an engine related system, reducing the load that the engine has to manage directly. This led to improved system efficiency and fuel economy.

Custom Designed Multi-Megawatt Engine Controller

Pi Innovo was commissioned to design an ECU that could also be used as a step on the side of a two-story engine. This unit was able to solve several significant problems with the engine design and operation.

Concept to Prototype in a Day With OpenECU M100

When engineers developing the latest satellite radio receiving technology for use on motorbikes needed to integrate their test rig with the existing system, they turned to the OpenECU M100 and within one day programmed and integrated the ECU on the rig.

Aviation Electronic Engine Management

Lycoming Engines and Pi Innovo have a long term collaboration on the development of electronic engine management for the companies market leading aircraft piston engines.

Applying Electronic Control to a Mechanical Powertrain Component

Pi Innovo has supplied a combination of OpenECU technology and engineering services to allow a manufacturer of vehicle transmissions systems to develop the in-house capability to add sophisticated electronic control to what were previously predominately mechanical powertrain components.

Alternative Fuel System Control: CNG, LNG, LPG

Many vehicle operators are looking to convert existing vehicles to run on alternative gaseous fuels. Pi Innovo can provide cost-effective controller solutions to meet each customer's unique I/O requirements.

Aftertreatment Production Controller Development

Pi Innovo designed, developed and delivered custom production ECU hardware, as well as supplied the production platform software for commercial vehicle aftertreatment application.

Active Damping System for Commercial Armored Vehicles

This project was for the development of an active damping kit for commercial armored SUVs, to address the ride quality and handling issues seen when adding large amounts of weight to the body of a vehicle.

20 Years of Diesel Engine Control Design with Detroit Diesel

Pi Innovo is proud to have partnered for over 20 years with Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) on heavy-duty diesel engine controls.

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