Software-defined car takes shape (Smart2Zero)

"How will the car of the future look like? Normally, this is the topic of board meetings in the automotive industry. At NXP’s ‘FTF Connects’ conference in San Jose it was the keynote topic of developers in the software and semiconductor industry. The common denominator: It will be silicon and software that will determine the vehicle of the future, but the challenges are enormous.
Hadi Nahari, CEO and founder of startup company Cognomotiv, got into more details about the software-defined car. From his point of view, conventional cyber security won’t be enough to make such a car a safe and secure one. In addition, the industry needs ways to handle software faults. “We know that software always has faults. Experience shows that 1000 lines of code typically contain 5 to 50 software faults,” adding that the diverse computers in today’s cars typically run software that amounts to dozens of millions of lines of code. “The Ford F150 – a popular pickup truck in the USA – has about 150 million of LOC,” (for comparison: the entire software of the Facebook platform contains just about 16 millions LOC). For cars running at autonomy level 5, Nahari expects some 500 million lines of code. Making such amounts of software safe obviously is not a trivial task."


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