The future of automotive is strongly influenced by a need for greater safety, security, and intelligence. This is all predominantly driven by software, as automotive technology moves further towards enabling fully autonomous vehicles and redefining transportation.
Fundamental changes to supply-chain models and architecture must be anticipated by enterprises aiming to stay ahead of the curve. Traditional concerns around economics, market competition, and variant management remain, raising challenges both old and new on the road to autonomy.
The cars of the future will support next-generation vehicle software and advanced driver assistance systems for increased safety and security, with the ability to receive updates to both functional and protective features. The challenges are not just technical but interpersonal, as all parties, particularly in the supply chain, must be aligned in adopting new approaches for more software-dominated vehicles. Engineers will also need to be reskilled to better manage advanced tools and processes.
The journey to autonomy has started but solutions are still needed to propel software-defined vehicles forward. It will also take some time before consumers fully embrace autonomous vehicles. Until then, manufacturers can focus on current vehicle software challenges and work to solve a key issue – how to deal with the vehicle as its own unique system.
Read Software-defined vehicles: The path to autonomy? to learn more.