Pi Square Technologies: Innovations at the Forefront of Automotive Embedded Software Development
Sarat Kothapalli, President
The automotive sector has witnessed a wave of innovation in the past decade with the changing dynamics of mobility. The industry has journeyed from ‘mere components’ to ‘intelligent components’ with continuous efforts of companies like Pi Square Technologies. An automotive embedded software development company, Pi Square has been at the right place at the right time in the automotive industry, in terms of introducing innovations.
The company nurtures innovative ideas leveraging the four pillars—projects, products, people, and innovative skill enhancement training set. One of the firm’s key initiatives is devising intelligent automotive components for vehicles. With the vision to make the components intelligent, Pi Square is working toward connecting the internet of things (IoT) to automotive parts and designing solutions to notify the consumers directly about the health of different components in their vehicles. For instance, a car battery has a very high failure rate, but vehicle owner can notice it only after the battery breaks down. Pi Square envisions reducing such possibilities by warning the consumers about the usability, wear and tear, and the remaining life of the battery through mobile phones. Initiatives like these will enable the consumers to take preventive measures before any mechanical failure occurs.
The Michigan-based company plays a significant role in automotive embedded software development. It can collect the performance data of different automotive parts in several circumstances, upload it on the cloud to derive patterns, and thereafter design solutions efficiently and effectively.
The company focuses on innovations making significant enhancements to driver awareness to situational vehicle health for increasing their confidence in vehicles predictable performance
Besides, Pi Square leverages the automotive DevOps pipeline for continuous build and release process. “We create a pipeline by connecting all the available resources for software development and make the continuous build and release integration process seamless,” explains Sarat Kothapalli, the company’s president. Earlier, while developing a product or fixing the bugs in a software, a developer had to accumulate all the changes, send it to the validation team, following which the feedback was given after testing the module, making it a time-consuming process. Using the DevOps pipeline, Pi Square has made the process more agile and quick, allowing developers to perform functional testing of automotive modules and upload the data in the cloud directly.
Equipping clients with customized pipelines has made Pi Square a one-stop shop for many tier-1 suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company focuses on improving the user experience in terms of safety, convenience, and innovation. To ensure utmost safety, Pi Square employs advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems. For convenience, it provides in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and on the innovation front, environment-friendly hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Kothapalli cites a success story of a multi-billion dollar company that was looking for convenience in providing membership benefits to its customers and members. The client’s membership benefits included taking care of repair, emergency, and other automotive-related issues. Pi Square enabled the members to check the condition of various automotive parts through an innovative solution that incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). “It was beyond an embedded solution as we also added IT features to it and provided a total solution that delivered value to their customers,” mentions Kothapalli. This allowed the members to have visibility into the convenience aspect and authority to make their own decisions.
Pi Square envisions improving the user experience and therefore is working toward making intelligent automotive systems with continuous support from its team of experts. Pi Square has successfully evolved by growing its business up to 200 percent and looks forward to expanding to Europe and Asia. The company will continue to stay at the forefront of innovation by creating pipeline concepts, and Kothapalli believes that the clients will benefit immensely from it.
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