Aptiv’s software development unit is using best-practice development and operations (DevOps) processes to build an in-vehicle technology stack and cloud-based toolchain to support Smart Vehicle Architecture™. The group is creating a horizontal layer of software (middleware) that will support multiple application domains, including ADAS, infotainment, body control and connectivity.
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An important tenet of Aptiv’s approach is our use of cloud-based technologies. The Middleware & DevOps unit is working with leading cloud and enterprise software vendors to codevelop a continuous integration / continuous deployment (CI/CD) environment for automotive applications. These allow developers to collaborate from around the world to modify, test and deploy software updates to vehicles in the field – reliably, securely and safely.
The Middleware & DevOps team is also focused on creating a base software layer or “middleware” that helps to decouple software applications from the vehicle hardware that they run on. Middleware handles many common functions, freeing developers to concentrate their efforts on the features and functions of their application instead.
Aptiv this week was named a 2022 PACE Award winner for its central vehicle controller (CVC), a fundamental element of Aptiv’s Smart Vehicle Architecture™ approach that makes software-defined vehicles possible.
Considered an industry benchmark for innovation, the Automotive News PACE Awards recognize automotive suppliers for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance. Aptiv has won a PACE Award in 25 of the 28 years that the publication has held the event.
"As a global technology company with both the brain and nervous system of the vehicle, we are honored to be recognized for our central vehicle controller," said Glen De Vos, Aptiv's senior vice president, chief technology officer and president of Advanced Safety & User Experience. "We believe the software-defined vehicle has the power to unlock tremendous innovation and value for our industry, and the CVC is essential to enabling that."
The CVC represents the critical layer that bridges the digital world with the analog world, translating the decisions made by the software into actions carried out by the vehicle systems quickly and efficiently.
Importantly, the CVC plays a key role in abstracting signal-oriented communications with individual devices throughout a vehicle and transforms them into services that software can use to easily implement functions. This architecture frees software developers from the minutiae of signal communications and enables them to innovate in exciting new ways.
The CVC is also an important step in the evolution of zonal architectures, which are being embraced by a growing number of OEMs. The CVC acts as a master of zone controllers, coordinating actions throughout the vehicle.
Aptiv’s decades of experience give us a unique perspective into what technologies are required to make a safer, greener and more connected future a reality, and do so cost-effectively and at scale. Our SVA™ approach, which the CVC supports, is the embodiment of that vision.
Find out more about how the CVC accomplishes its groundbreaking innovations in our white paper.