Dr. Dirk Walliser Senior Vice President Corporate Research & Development at ZF.
Riding the tech wave, the automotive industry thrives for the holy grail of zero accidents, zero emissions. It’s also clear that this journey cannot be done within the traditional framework of an industry vertical alone. Innovations or disruptions will take place at the intersection of industries. The coming together of hardware, software and electronics will result in a reimagined mobility landscape. Add to this combination the technology levers of AI, Machine Learning, edge computing and data sciences one can easily be transported into a sci-fi like driving experience. Only this time, it will be for real.
The recently concluded, #NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit 2019, is a good example of some of the best engineering minds coming together from various industry verticals like auto, software, telecom etc. & being united by one overarching theme of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The rise of Software in automotive
As the keynote speaker, I talked about the topic of Software for better #Mobilitylifebalance.
The packed ballroom was a good indicator that delegates wanted to know how. With vehicles having over 120 million lines of codes, it should come as no surprise that software within the mobility space has huge focus. Additionally, EV, AD and connectivity trends are driving the value shift from hardware to software.
Another significant trend within the automotive industry is to simplify the current fragmented and complex software architecture and move towards an optimized SW and End-to-End architecture to drive efficiencies.
Dr. Walliser presented the Evolution of Software Architecture at the NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit 2019.
ZF leverages its strong systems expertise both in the automotive and non-automotive space and combines it with the software focus to become a strong systems software player. This becomes relatively natural for ZF which has a wide product portfolio and is already a well-established and proven systems solution provider in the automotive industry.
The decoupling of software from hardware during development and eventually the know-how of systems integration to reduce complexity is ZF’s unique advantage.
As a next step, ZF works with its ecosystem partners and also with its inhouse intelligence of a wide network of corporate R&D across the globe to further accelerate the software development process. The company will provide three use cases with Vehicle Motion Control, Advanced Pre-Crash Software Modules and ADAS & AD Software Modules on ProAI.
The ultimate aim of all these efforts is just one – Vision Zero, Zero Accidents and Zero Emissions.
The three System Software Use Case ZF will provide.