‘Freedom to Develop Software and Unique Control Methodologies’
Plymouth, Mich.-based Pi Innovo reports that Utah’s AGA Systems is using a new diagnostic interface module on its compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel vehicles.
The diagnostic unit is based on Pi Innovo’s OpenECU M220 control module, “which gives AGA Systems the freedom to develop its own software and unique control methodologies with an electronic module ideal for low to medium volume commercial and automotive applications.”
The module monitors driver inputs and vehicle conditions, “and allows seamless switching” between gasoline and CNG, states a release. It includes custom diagnostic monitors for the secondary fuel, and supports standard CAN automotive diagnostic scanners connected directly to the factory diagnostic port.
GM Vehicles Are EPA-Certified
Pi Innovo notes that AGA Systems has U.S. EPA certification of its bi-fuel system for General Motors light duty truck and SUVs (F&F, September 4, 2014).
“We found the OpenECU tool chain to be very easy to use,” AGA engineering and technology VP Aaron Stuart says in the Pi Innovo release.
“We were able to quickly implement changes to our application and test those on a vehicle right away. On previous platforms we would have to wait up to three months for software changes. Now we are able to write our own software updates and implement them within hours.
Development and Production
“The engineers from the Pi Innovo team were very responsive and got us up and running quickly, which meant we could get this product into our customers’ hands,” Stuart said.
“Being able to use the same proven OpenECU module for development and then implement it into production with no additional capital or tooling costs, was a huge benefit for our program. We’re very happy with the performance and reliability of the OpenECU system module.”
“This collaboration is a perfect example of how OpenECU can offer our customers a way to launch their product offerings quickly and effectively, and at the same time keep control of the intellectual property that gives them an edge in their market,” said Pi Innovo CEO Dr. Walter Lucking.
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Source: Pi Innovo with Fleets & Fuels follow-up