Connectivity, autonomy, sharing and electrification.

The world of mobility is going through a major change and the future of automotive is increasingly connected, autonomous, shared, and electric. The digitalization, new entrants, new partnerships, and new business models accelerate the platformification of the whole industry.

Today a car has more than 100 ECUs and the reuse of software in those ECUs goes across both models and brands. The ECUs are growing in complexity and numbers; a change that brings both opportunities and risks.

The challenge spells complexity

Even with the increased implementation of reuse and more compound platforms, the automotive industry is facing a decline in profit. Half of all recalls today affect more than one model, and 14 percent more than one brand. The reason for those recalls is the exponential increase in complexity in vehicles over the last decade, together with loosely coupled data without product context and a lack of continuous traceability. 

PLM revisited

Traditional PLM software was introduced to help companies in their mechanical development maintain detailed, time-stamped, historical information on changes in product versions to ensure audit trails are intact. It’s a systematic approach with a centralized database, resolving conflicts faster and reducing costly engineering changes. We believe software development has to move in the same direction in order to boost efficiency and improve resilience. It needs to be based on the product and variant concept, not relying on various types of loosely coupled authoring tools with little or no product awareness.

Introducing Software PLM

Software PLM is more than a product lifecycle and requirements management platform. With Software PLM you have a model of the system of systems letting your organization work, view and generate data based on role, functions and needs. It’s an adaptable framework for the organization to work with software, based on the company's business logic, IP, and product structure. With Software P LM you can manage end-to-end software development in the same way as mechanical development. You can make the complex simple.

Why Software PLM system for complex software development?

  • Multiple data sources
  • High level of complexity
  • Ensure that a design is secure from a cybersecurity perspective
  • Ensure that documentation is always complete and up-to-date for ISO 21434
  • Move away from a general tool like Excel to a best-in-class tool designated for cybersecurity