Software is turning the automotive industry on its head. New and future vehicles boast a growing array of software and technologies that are improving vehicle safety, the driving experience and overall vehicle performance.
This transformation has given rise to the term “software-defined vehicle.” And it’s changing everything.
As the name suggests, SDVs rely on software – rather than solely mechanical components – to control and manage the various systems and functions in a vehicle, completely redefining the driving experience. Software is being incorporated in engines, transmissions, brakes, steering, infotainment and elsewhere. This enables software updates when new technology comes to market, giving drivers more control over the personal driving experience.
Factors driving this trend include increasing demand for advanced safety features, the rise of autonomous driving technology, and the need for vehicles to be more connected and integrated with other devices and systems.
And the trend is driving even broader change than just the options on individual vehicles. The shift to SDVs is profoundly affecting every function and facet of the automotive industry. Here’s a closer look at the six key ways SDVs are changing the automotive industry and what automakers can do to stay relevant: