Driving the digital vehicle

It’s not just central locking systems, power mirrors or the 18 electromechanical actuators one German luxury car had built into the driver’s seat as early as 1985. The majority of vehicle processes have been managed electrically/electronically for decades.

While today E/E components make up 20% to 40% of manufacturing costs of a car, this proportion is expected to rise to at least 50% in the years to come. This change is not just due to the fact that the vehicles’ internal control mechanisms are becoming more complex with every model year, as is demonstrated by the current debate about the emissions control systems of a number of leading automakers.

The future belongs to the connected car. Data generated by the connected car serve numerous purposes. Potential applications range from monitoring and forecasting of various vehicle KPIs to the analysis and optimisation of engine performance and the understanding of driver behaviour to breakdown prevention, accident alerts and preventive maintenance. The software-related implications of the autonomous car fill another extensive chapter in this array of topics.

Consequently, the matter of embedded software is rapidly picking up speed, as it is in most other industries as well. But it is especially in automotive E/E that standards such as Automotive SPICE L3-L5, AUTOSAR and, last but not least, OEM customer demand for 100% requirements and code coverage create exceedingly high standards in regard to software quality.

At the same time, the market calls for cost reduction, flexible capacities and bug-fixing under SLA conditions. These are all big challenges with respect to individual software components. However, future integration of embedded software with Cybersecurity, Big Data/Analytics and IoT is promising great surplus value for manufacturers and customers alike.

On 12 June 2016, CSC will for the first time make a contribution to the Automotive Embedded Multi-Core Systems Summit in Stuttgart, Germany. I would like to invite you to my presentation of our case study on SW component development & maintenance for a German premium OEM in body engineering. I am looking forward to present on lessons learnt from 4 years of E/E embedded software development.

Thomas Salva

Thomas Salva is Director PLM & Embedded Systems Engineering at CSC in Central & Eastern Europe. He has 35 years of experience in engineering IT spanning the US and Germany, currently supporting clients in the automotive, aerospace and rail industries. Thomas holds associates degrees in Numerical Control & Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelors in Industrial Technology.


  1. I am very happy to read your blog about the Driving the digital vehicle . we all are having the dream about to riding the future digital cars. that’s interesting to imagine that type of things! THANKS Allot!


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