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HBO/WO Internship: Help DAF migrate the current software (and its architecture) to ROS2 in Eindhoven

... At DAF trucks, all applications (besides the powertrain) are run by the VECU. This controller does all the major calculations and then controls other, smaller controllers to run the...



At DAF trucks, all applications (besides the powertrain) are run by the VECU. This controller does all the major calculations and then controls other, smaller controllers to run the applications.Nowadays and in the future, more applications will be added to the truck. In the future, they will need a more powerful controller/computer to perform all these calculations. As the algorithms on the device are becoming very complex.
A previous internship assignment showed that ROS2 works well to create and run automotive software in the HPC, and tried to port some of the software over. However, due to time constraints, not much was realized.
This assignment also resulted in the question: What is the best way to map the current software architecture into ROS2?
This task includes:

  • Investigate how ROS2 can control automotive vehicles
  • Investigate how the current software can be mapped on ROS2
  • Investigate how DAF can prepare itself to switch to ROS2
Possible extension:
  • Propose how such a framework could be used to improve the development and maintainability of our software.
  • Alignment with different teams at DAF (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Kenworth (Kirkland, WA, USA)

Jouw profiel

For this assignment we are looking for a Bachelor student ICT, Computer Science or Software Engineering. You possess the following competences: cooperation, creativity, planning and organizing, problem analysis.


You will be part of an experienced international team of the Platform Development group of DAF Embedded Engineering that is located in our awesome new office in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Our full model driven software development process is unique in the industry. You can read testimonies of our software engineers at  .
Embedded Engineering is primarily located in Eindhoven and has an office in Pune, India and has over 120 highly skilled people today. Together we deliver world class engineering in the domains of engine controllers and vehicle controllers. Next to that, focusing on common software development,
Embedded Engineering works closely together with PACCAR Embedded Engineering located in Renton (near Seattle), the USA.The products developed within Embedded Engineering are applied on DAF trucks but also in the famous PACCAR brands Kenworth and Peterbilt. Through component sales our products are used by leading bus and coach manufacturers.

Wij bieden

  • A view behind the scenes at a large international corporation;
  • You will get a lot of freedom and responsibility. We are open to your initiatives and depending on the assignment you see your results back in the workplace;
  • An experienced coach and supervisor who can teach you a lot and is willing to help you with your assignment;
  • After your graduation, you will have the opportunity to start your career at DAF;
  • An internship wage of € 375,- (HBO) or € 450,- (WO) per month on full-time base;
  • A travel allowance, if you don’t have a student travel product (provided by the Dutch government);
  • A housing allowance, if you temporarily rent a room near DAF.
Each intern will have the opportunity to participate at the . During this event you will meet other interns and find out more about DAF/PACCAR! Would you like to know more about the experiences of other students?  you can read stories of our former interns.

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