First-time-right – Automotive Systems Engineering

Automotive Systems Engineering (ASE) integrates products, processes and methods: This enables you to transparently manage all requirements throughout the entire lifecycle, from the concept phase of a platform to the operational phase.

Automotive Systems Engineering, what's that?

Automotive Systems Engineering (ASE) provides the combination of field-proven SE concepts with the process requirements specifically for automotive electronics development. The automotive perspective gives the lifecycle blueprint "Automotive integrated Development" (AiD). The integration to the comprehensive ASE allows to transparently manage the E/E R&D tasks from the conception to the actual development to production requirements and the further engineering of the connected car.

A First-time-right approach

Due to the high market dynamics, a first-time-right attitude is needed - a methodology that supports the close interaction of mechanics, electrics/electronics, control with software technology. Understanding the system comprehensively is made possible through this approach.

For this purpose 

  1. the product perspective
  2. with a structured approach and
  3. the workflows with target-oriented methods.

Through this dovetailing, Automotive Systems Engineering coordinates the R&D processes and helps to master complexity safely and permanently.

ASE results from combination of SE principles with the Automotive integrated Development (AiD) lifecycle blueprint.

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Customized processes

Automotive Systems Engineering is a problem-solving process that is customized to meet individual requirements. A focus is on system design through

  1. System analysis
  2. Requirements elicitation and management
  3. System architectural design
  4. System simulation and development
  5. Validation and testing

Technical management processes such as project, configuration and risk management are also incorporated into this approach. Thus, in addition to a comprehensive understanding of R&D, everything necessary for planning, testing and dealing with problems is also provided, which is necessary for the complete product life cycle.

ASE thrives on consistency, from conception to the operational phase. This systems thinking is crucial in order to be a software-defined vehicle with new E/E architectures developed by interdisciplinary teams.

Key to automotive systems engineering is the consistent integration of the product view: all essential information is communicated via a system model. Example: In addition to functional requirements, non-functional requirements such as functional safety (ISO 26262), SOTIF and cybersecurity must also be allocated to the architecture. A model can support documentation for a safety and security-by-design approach. As in downstream engineering, ASE breaks down tasks from the big to the small, ensuring pervasiveness and consistency.


Mastering the interface between mechanics and electronics becomes a must to master digital services in a server-like SW architecture.

Christian Hübscher Principal at Kugler Maag Cie

ASE at a glance

ASE thus offers orientation in two dimensions:

  • vertically by linking the product view to the procedure
  • horizontally by structuring the product development process

With Automotive Systems Engineering, you integrate all activities across your product lifecycle, including the market phase essential for the connected car, when the fleet is exposed to cyber risks and digital services are expected to ensure a constant cash flow for manufacturers.

  • A thorough situational analysis
    After examining your strategy and framework conditions, we carry out an assessment on the extent to which existing technologies and architectures, workflows and business structures will continue to be suitable for pursuing your business goals.
  • A coherent solution for realigning your business
    We ensure that technologies, processes and your organisational structure work in harmony, showing which changes will need to be made and where.
  • Close support
    We believe strongly in our concepts, so we will never let you down when it comes to implementation. As well as communicating changes to others and ensuring changes are properly managed, we also arm your employees with the methods and know-how they require and provide coaching to specialists and managers.