Highly automated and autonomous driving functions are becoming increasingly important, which means that modern cars are becoming mobile computers. This is accompanied by a rapidly growing amount of data in the vehicle, which must be processed in real time or in near-real time.
The resulting high demands on computing power, flexibility and efficiency demand new approaches in computing and software architecture. In order to achieve these goals, the strategic projects of the “MANNHEIM” funding guideline, within the framework of the “Zukunftsfonds Automobilindustrie” fund, are researching high-performance computing platforms, novel vehicle architectures and sustainable software development processes and methods.
The MANNHEIM project AutoDevSafeOps, in which Fraunhofer IKS is also involved, is developing an important approach to meet the high demands of automated and networked vehicles on the already existing software architecture. The vehicle software must not only work efficiently and safely at all times, but at the same time allow flexible optimization of the functionalities via software updates. The AutoDevSafeOps project provides an important building block for this by developing a holistic DevOps approach that enables over-the-air updates for safety-critical driving functions.