Smart Vehicle Architecture™

Revolution in design and implementation
SVA™ reduces complexity as it enables scalable solutions and the transition to software-defined vehicles.

Sustainable Architecture

Reducing total cost of ownership while creating an open platform for innovation

Aptiv Smart Vehicle Architecture™ (SVA™) is a vehicle-level solution for electrical and electronic systems that lowers total cost of ownership and enables feature-rich, highly automated vehicles.

Reduce complexity
Reduce complexity and interdependencies among ECUs
Unite diverse applications
Unite applications to unlock new
software-enabled functionality
Empower our customers
Empower our customers to fully control the software that defines the user experience of their vehicles — something they know best

We accomplish these goals via a standards-based approach to interfaces, which improves reuse and creates an open platform for innovation.

The Story of Smart Vehicle Architecture™

Aptiv’s Smart Vehicle Architecture™ is an optimized set of technologies that provide all of the ingredients for the software-defined vehicle: the hardware architecture, the software architecture, and the ability to use cloud-based tools to develop, deploy and operate vehicles throughout their lifecycle. But where did SVA come from? What makes it innovative? And what makes it so compelling?

SVA™ Design Philosophy

Three fundamental elements differentiate SVA™ from today’s architectures

Abstract Software from Hardware

Abstract Software from Hardware

SEPARATE I/O from Compute
SEPARATE I/O from Compute

SEPARATE I/O from Compute

Enable Serverization of Compute

ENABLE Serverization of Compute

Zone Controllers

By separating I/O from compute, Aptiv zone controllers deliver one of the key benefits of SVA™. Instead of each sensor and actuator running data lines to an active safety domain controller, the zone controller aggregates the data onto a single high-speed interface.


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Central Vehicle Controller

Central Vehicle Controller

As OEMs build the brain and nervous system that Aptiv’s SVA™ comprises, they should not underestimate the crucial role of the CVC — the little brain that not only enables higher functions of software-defined vehicles but also quietly keeps everything moving smoothly.


Open Server Platform

Advanced driver-assistance systems and user-experience features require high-performance compute to make driving decisions or interact with the driver and passengers seamlessly. To enable applications across legacy domains and different levels of criticality, the software and hardware must be architected so that lower-level functions are abstracted, leaving the higher functions to the brain of the vehicle: Aptiv’s Open Server Platform.


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SVA™ Platform is Scalable

OEMs can implement SVA™ architectural elements that make the most sense for their individual platforms and add more elements over time to enable advanced capabilities. The flexibility allows for a wide range of optimized configurations. Here are some sample architectures.

Architecture Evolution

Aptiv's Smart Vehicle Architecture™ approach helps vehicle technology evolve, from domain and zone control to more advanced enablers of software-defined features and cloud-native functionality.

SVA Timeline

Sustainable Over Time


With a zonal architecture, up-integrated intelligence and a system for updating software over time, OEMs will have all the building blocks of SVA™, and will be able to take advantage of its ability to enable advanced features and high degrees of automation through a software-defined architecture that is sustainable well into the future. Get started today.

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Brain and Nervous System

Aptiv's Smart Vehicle Architecture™ approach powers Aptiv’s mission to deliver safe, green and connected solutions through a full portfolio of advanced technologies, leveraging our unique position with the integrated vehicle brain and nervous system to address our customers’ toughest challenges. Get details on how Aptiv can help OEMs reduce vehicle electrical and electronic complexity today. 

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