Innovation and collaborative, synchronized program management for new programs
Automotive embedded software complexity is ballooning as software applications play a critical role in delivering the features and functionality demanded in modern vehicles. The growing importance of software is also increasing the complexity of the interactions between hardware, software, and physical systems. Current software development methodologies are incapable of managing the numerous and intricate cyber-physical interfaces in the cars of today. To compete, companies must evolve their software development processes to establish a common digital thread connecting software and physical systems development.
The automotive industry is undergoing rapid change, driven by an ever-increasing demand for advanced features that rely on sophisticated electronics and embedded software, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected car features. Embedded application development is a maze-like endeavor where many different tools and teams must try to collaborate under constantly shifting constraints. A unified software application engineering platform can ensure that constraints and requirements are communicated completely and effectively and that development work satisfies requirements accurately.
Today’s most exciting and innovative automotive features are enabled by immensely complex and sophisticated embedded software applications. Modern vehicles contain hundreds of millions of lines of code that govern dozens of systems. Automotive software engineers are being asked to manage this immense complexity to deliver simple and intuitive user experiences for the end consumer. As engineers develop application code and perform quality assurance tests, they will need a unified platform that provides clear visibility to design requirements, key system attributes, and constraints, and even down to individual lines of code.
Automotive software applications must be configured and calibrated for the specific features and hardware equipped on each vehicle variant, resulting in hundreds of possible variants. Further escalating the challenge, OEMs must track and maintain these applications after release to vehicle manufacturing, and even into the field. A unified platform for software application development coordination facilitates the delivery of accurate and high-quality applications across the entire spectrum of vehicle variants. Such a platform also supports monitoring these applications after delivery.
Software is enabling critical automotive innovations driving the mega trends of autonomous, connected, electric cars and multi modal mobility solutions. As the car continues its transition from a hardware driven machine to a software-driven electronics device, the auto industry’s competitive rules are being rewritten. The engine was the technology and engineering core of the 20th-century automobile. Today, software, large computing power, and advanced sensors increasingly step into that role; they enable most modern innovations, from efficiency to connectivity to autonomous driving to electrification and new mobility solutions. Software is at the heart of this technology revolution enabling the mobility experience of the future.