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Powertrain Optimizer, a real-world example of applied Artificial Intelligence

Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are increasingly replacing human decision-making.   A simple example is the planning of a drive from your house to some far away destination.  Before computers, you would use a physical map to review the options and make the decisions of which roadways and freeways to take to arrive at your destination.  When computerized mapping software first became available, the system would mimic the typical human mind by looking at the shortest physical route and consider the roads available to arrive with a logical, but not perfect, route.   Modern day routing systems have evolved by considering external factors that cannot be accessed by the driver in real-time,  including current construction, weather, and traffic flow.  The routing system can find alternative routes to determine the quickest path among them.  A multitude of options can be evaluated in milliseconds.  This an example of Intelligent Optimization.

Certusoft’s truck engineering software performs Intelligent Optimization when customers are configuring a custom vehicle to purchase.  Let’s assume the customer has identified all the key performance characteristics required (horsepower, torque, speeds, etc.) and wants to know what combination of powertrain options will meet the requirements and still provide the maximum MPG (miles per gallon) of diesel fuel.  The Powertrain Optimizer software will compute all of possible combinations and select the best outcome. The software can compute millions of combinations in a matter of seconds, a feat that is impossible even for the most expert engineers.

Powertrain Optimizer is only one of the many Intelligent Optimizers in Certusoft’s “Truck Perfect” suite of software products.


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