Automotive Software Development

Automotive software development

Integrated software engineering solution for the automotive industry

The future of automotive product development will require co-design and verification of hardware and software systems. ALM and PLM integration is essential for developing such multi-discipline systems.

ALM and PLM for automotive software development and engineering

Embedded software is driving remarkable new business opportunities in the automotive industry and fueling innovation in connectivity, electrification, and autonomous vehicle development. However, managing automotive software development complexity is a big challenge. The complexity is driven by the difference between mechanical and software system product development approaches. Most automotive programs are managed in a three- to five-year cycle. They follow a gate-based development paradigm with strict checkpoints and certifications. Software development, on the other hand, is incredibly fast paced, as it follows agile processes where collaboration and rapid innovation is key. Typically, development of mechanical and electrical systems are managed within product lifecycle management (PLM) tools, whereas software development is managed with application lifecycle management (ALM) tools. The challenge is to combine these two inherently different product development methodologies. Software and hardware engineers working on their respective ALM and PLM applications must be able to access information across all the lifecycle related processes.

Hardware and software integration and co-development is a major challenge and a key contributor to quality issues, launch delays, and recall related penalties.

Bringing together software development as part of the physical product lifecycle is the only way to realize innovation and improve product quality of next generation automotive products.

Today, Polarion ALM and Teamcenter provides an integrated ALM and PLM solution and enables automotive companies to manage the different needs of software and hardware development. This solution allows OEMs and suppliers to build a digital twin of their products that includes both hardware and software systems.

The benefits of a comprehensive ALM and PLM solution includes:

  • Traceability of software and hardware issues and analysis results
  • Integrated management of hardware and software systems requirements
  • Integrated change management that spans across domains
  • Closed-loop information flow for more collaborative embedded engineering
  • Systems-driven approach for developing electro-mechanical products
  • Ability to leverage existing domain specific tools used for development, simulation, and testing
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