Position paper: Opportunities through standardization and open source software in the mobility sector

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Recommendations for system and software improvements in the automotive industry

The automotive industry is undergoing a radical change due to the growing number of system functions and services: today, the architecture of a vehicle contains up to 150 electronic control units and 100 million lines of code. In the event of malfunctions or unforeseen situations, however, the numerous software components can jeopardize the safety of vehicles and their surroundings. To prevent this, representatives from research and industry, including researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Stuttgart, have published a position paper with recommendations for future action. The contents of the paper were developed in the "Standardized Automotive Software Workshop" by the partners of the Innovation Campus Future Mobility (ICM).

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Transformation to software-defined mobility

"In recent years, vehicles equipped with software systems have prevailed over classic mechatronic systems. Open source software such as the Linux operating system plays an important role in the implementation of vehicle functions and will continue to grow in the future," explains Professor Eric Sax, Head of the Institute of Information Processing Technology ITIV at KIT. "Our recommendations for action should help to maintain standards despite the growing complexity of software and promote the agile development of innovative services in order to overcome the challenges of software-defined mobility. The measures should be implemented jointly by politics, industry and science in order to help maintain Germany's leading position as a business location in the mobility sector," says Sax.

The standardization of automotive software and the promotion and strategic use of open source solutions play a key role in keeping up with the strong competition from international players. "Moving up the value chain always works. But you have to set the right priorities for the future," summarizes Professor Michael Weyrich, Head of the Institute for Automation Technology and Software Systems IAS at the University of Stuttgart.



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