The transformation of the automotive industry is still ongoing and the business needs to be transformed as well, from hardware-centric vehicle architecture into a software-centric design to e.g., deliver-enhanced digital experiences.
The realization of Software-defined Vehicles comes with a lot of challenges related to
- software architecture,
- safety certification,
- software reusability, and an
- available talent pool.
The transition towards a software-defined architecture allows rapid adaptation to the customer needs. One reliable and quick way to modernize architecture is by leveraging open source. For example, the Eclipse Software-defined Vehicle Working Group (SDV) is an open-source community to support the development of functionalities in different areas without vendor lock-in and assists with adaptation velocity. The automotive industry does not need to start at the beginning—rather, they can take advantage of the existing solutions to significantly reduce their cost and time to market, but with the need to tackle the automotive specifics such as safety, sampling rates etc..
This leads to the necessary step the automitive industry has to take with Software-defined Vehicles, finding ways to apply the required concepts. The open-source offering has to be extended into concrete frameworks and tools.
With Eclipse Velocitas, Eclipse MoEc and further Eclipse Automotive projects, we are on the way to address these questions.