Today and in the future, vehicle users want to make use of innovative services, whose functions are implemented efficiently in an end-to-end architecture. Highly automated assistance systems and driving functions must work safely and reliably in order to enable implementation of new mobility services, such as robotaxis, or innovative commercial vehicle solutions, such as mobile autonomous safeguarding of construction sites. Existing standards such as ISO 26262 or ISO 21448 (SOTIF) still provide only insufficient support for such systems. Particularly in connection with Artificial Intelligence (AI), resp. Machine Learning, the issue of Safety is a challenge. At Fraunhofer IESE, research in this field has been ongoing for several years already, with a variety of solutions offered. The underlying methods can be integrated into the processes of automotive software engineering. Together with our partners, we build on these to develop solution concepts and products.
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On the part of the development processes, major changes are also on the horizon – the integration of vehicles into digital ecosystems requires Continuous Engineering. Commercial vehicles are already networked in a variety of ways. In the future, it will be possible, for example, to flexibly extend agricultural machinery with software functions, while updates will provide optimal usage parameters at all times. To enable this, activities must be further automated and formalized models must be developed for software components (Model-based Engineering). Particularly testing and inspection tasks are predestined for this – virtual integration, virtual validation, or virtual deployment are the keywords in automotive software engineering for which Fraunhofer IESE even provides its own framework. This makes it possible to realize the solutions for tomorrow already today.
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