"Bringing in simulation capabilities and having had training on the tools, plus having a person that does the simulation in-house has contributed enormously, especially when it comes to convincing customers. Without simulation, without Altair, we would never be where we are now."
– Gilad Avrashi
Co-founder and CTO, MDGo
"The existing physical crash tests helped us to get started, but it was due to the huge impact that simulation has had, that we were able to scale up and get a robust product ready for market. A single crash test would take us at least a month to plan and execute and would cost about 20,000-30,000 dollars. With simulation, this is not needed, and we are able to get our results at a fraction of the costs and a lot faster," explains Gilad. Bringing in simulation has
contributed enormously to our successes. Without simulation, without Altair, we would never be where we are now," Gilad explains.
Going to Town – Placing the MDGo Software in Real Life Scenarios
MDGo is currently establishing its system throughout Israel in collaboration with the major EMS (emergency medical service). "Providing the Israeli EMS with information is easy enough. EMS gave us an API and we pop up alerts directly to their system, with an average turnaround time of eight seconds from crash to informing the EMS," explains Gilad. In the past six months, MDGo was able to connect almost 250,000 vehicles in Israel to the EMS, and their system has already reported around 150 validated crashes to the EMS. MDGo is in discussions with several international centers and institutions to explore and
find the best way to implement their system in as many countries as possible.
Meeting the Challenge with the Altair Startup Program
One of the many challenges young startups are facing as a big data company, is gathering the data. The MDGo entrepreneurs do not spend most of their time writing the algorithms or the neural network architecture, but in obtaining the data. "We have more challenges in understanding the similarities between cars because we would not like to develop dedicated models for each vehicle, but rather group them in order to save efforts in having more and more simulations," Gilad explains.
Being a startup, MDGo has a limited budget which makes it difficult to buy professional simulation software. For this young company, the Altair Startup program was a major help, offering access to all kinds of simulation tools, IoT, and HPC solutions, including training and support at an affordable price. And in the case of MDGo, the program also played a part in developing world-class software that is saving lives.