Overcoming challenges facing the development of electric connected autonomous vehicles

As the future heralds driverless, connected cars, a new era of traveling will transform the way we view transportation.

These new vehicles will be efficient, affordable, clean and green and a natural feature in smart cities and interactive communities – and will forever change the future of mobility.

But developing these vehicles faces challenges.

Among the most difficult are integrating complex systems engineering processes, promoting collaboration among multiple engineering disciplines, and enabling the sharing of intellectual property among globally dispersed teams.

Innovators must at the same time also optimize performance while ensuring vehicle safety.

One way to meet this challenge is by effectively reusing intellectual property.

By doing this, developers and innovators should be able to reduce time-to-market, increase innovation and overall improve traceability of the requirements throughout the product lifecycle.

Requirements management also allows developers to be more responsive to customers demands, information that could be used when improving the product.

Two essential areas of focus that enable companies to best leverage requirements management are process integration and traceability. Process integration eliminates communication barriers by creating a collaborative environment for sharing ideas, requirements and data throughout the product lifecycle. Increased innovation fosters ideas that improve products and new product introductions.

Roger Snook, Transport & Mobility, Senior Client Executive, Dassault Systèmes – “The pace of change, as the automotive industry moves to Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric (CASE), is presenting many challenges to both large OEMs and start-ups alike. What technology to develop, what business model to follow, what customer segment to appeal to. It is interesting that events such as the upcoming FT Future of the car summit not only have participants from the Automotive Industry but from many industries that, due to the future trends, will augment, compliment and support (CASE). Industries such as telecoms, smart cities, energy, Internet companies, and now aerospace companies looking at cars that can fly! It may be a challenging time for automotive companies, but it is also an exciting time for thought leaders in an Automotive Industry that is trying to redefine the customer experience.”

Vehicle innovators and OEM-leaders alike have also discovered that by connecting internal disciplines on a unified collaborative platform, they are pulling ahead of the competition, driving down costs and designing smarter, safer and always connected vehicles.

It is the realization that the soul of tomorrow’s vehicle innovation originates from an intelligent core of embedded systems and electronics, created jointly by skilled developers from a multitude of disciplines in an open environment.

These, and many other fascinating issues, will be discussed at the conference VECS, Vehicle Electronics & Connected Services, the largest automotive conference in Northern Europe, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2-3, 2019 and FT Future of the Car Summit 2019, ”Navigating unprecedented change”, which will be held in London, May 14-15, 2019.

Olivier Sappin, VP, Transportation & Mobility Industry, Dassault Systèmes will be speaking at both events.
In July 2011, Olivier was appointed Vice President of the newly defined “Transportation & Mobility Industry” at Dassault Systèmes, which is deliver Industry Solution Experiences for vehicle manufacturers (Cars, Trucks, Buses, Trains, Motorcycle, Racing) and suppliers to help them develop new mobility experiences for their consumers.

Cian O'Regan

Cian O'Regan is Dassault Systèmes' Senior Digital Specialist for EuroNorth. Specialising in B2B digital marketing, lead generation, account based marketing & social media.