Software-defined vehicle (SWdV) - It's what's inside that counts

Ready for the software-defined vehicle

Your neighbor bought the same car as yours? – Kind of annoying, right? In the future, that will no longer be an issue, because with the software-defined vehicle (SWdV), it's not so much the exterior that counts, it's the "inner values" that really matter. Users can personalize their vehicles at any time after purchase with individual services, functions, and apps. They can upload driving data to the cloud, which manufacturers can then use to adapt vehicle functions or services to the user’s individual style and needs and play them back into the vehicle via over-the-air updates, either by subscription or as a one-off investment. And through all of this, owners increase the value of the vehicle. And thanks to these software-based upgrades, it will be possible to realize top prices when reselling the vehicle.

Platform Vehicle Computer

To ensure that the best software solutions find their way into the vehicle, open platforms with binding standards are needed - similar to app stores in the smartphone world. The basis for this is provided by the integration of vehicle computers in increasingly zone-oriented E/E architectures. A common thread for software development in accordance with the highest safety and security requirements has already been defined with the AUTOSAR Adaptive and AUTOSAR Classic standards. On this basis, the most creative minds at the OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, software companies or innovative startups are developing new apps, functions, and services, thus realizing their ideas in the connected vehicle of the future.

New agile development approach

When software defines the vehicle, the development processes also change. The classic V-model from software design through the various development phases to validation and verification will be joined by agile, often cloud-based methods. New keywords such as collaboration of diverse, cross-company and cross-national development teams or conversion to continuous DEV-OPS cycles indicate how profound the change in the automotive software sector will be: New business models, new forms of collaboration, and cross-industry partnerships offer new opportunities that offer car buyers a completely new way to access self-selectable functions in  their vehicles. Software development will be agile, networked and secured at all times against any unauthorized access from the outside world.

A strong family: ETAS, ESCRYPT and BOSCH

We understand that not only technology, but also our ways of thinking and working are changing dramatically. With highly integrated tools for software development from ETAS, sophisticated automotive-specific security infrastructures and software solutions from ESCRYPT, and with the technology platforms and more than 14,000 software specialists from Bosch worldwide, the ground is not only prepared for the development of software-defined vehicles: We have the toolkit ready to actively shape the software-defined vehicle and to establish new forms of collaboration with automotive partners and IT players. This smooth collaboration on suitable technology platforms with proven tools is the key. After all, as with the smartphone, software-defined vehicles will depend on all complexity disappearing behind an intuitive, easy-to-use user interface for the developer, with the user being completely unaware of the complexity. Owning and operating the vehicle should feel easy and fun from the very first moment. Fun that increases with every upgrade and every update - and gives users the positive feeling of treating themselves while increasing the value of their vehicle, app by app. Because in the future, it will be what’s on the inside that counts - not only for the vehicles, but also for the development tools!