Automotive integrated Development, the »blueprint for the integrated development for systems determined by software«

In this interview with Mr Christian Hertneck, you will discover how to use the blueprint for an integrated development lifecycle to ensure transparency and to cover key activities at the right point in time.

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Mr. Hertneck, “integration” is on everyone's lips in E / E development. For example: The trend towards higher connectivity and digitization leading to more overlaps in backend and on-board functionality.

This entails new criteria coming to the fore like data security and update features. How can this increasing complexity be handled?

By making the required activities transparent, structured, and interlinked. We have developed a blueprint addressing the challenge called AiD as in Automotive integrated Development. AiD is not about creating a new "model" with ever more requirements. That does not help anyone. Instead, the aim of Automotive integrated Development is to show the essential paths and dependencies on the way through the jungle of different requirements from standards and norms.

With the use of AiD, typical risks during a development are addressed at an early stage. By showing the dependencies, necessary activities can be planned, estimated, and traced in good time. For example, concepts and analyses for safety and cybersecurity aspects flow into the architecture and are not subsequently documented. New tasks such as machine learning or data management can also be taken up in this manner.

Christian Hertneck is a Principal at Kugler Maag Cie.

For more than 20 years, a passion for Christian Hertneck has been to develop organizational processes and competencies that are both sustainable and in tune with people capabilities, ensuring innovation and success.

Automotive development – fully integrated

AiD, that's your fully transparent set-up for an integrated development lifecycle that encompasses all your requirements – Cybersecurity, Automotive SPICE®, Functional Safety, Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, Risk Management and many others.

What exactly can Automotive integrated Development provide to me?

AiD is a kind of blueprint or generic construction plan for essential activities of a complete E/E product life cycle in the automotive environment. AiD tries to show different perspectives on the necessary activities and their integration. For example, if I have the challenge of integrating data management and security into my engineering activities, AiD provides a filtered view of exactly the activities required for this and their dependencies.

What are the benefits for suppliers and automobile manufacturers?

With the help of AiD, each specific challenge can be addressed. As part of an integrative, holistic approach, relevant views are created. AiD then provides a basis for comparison between the existing and possible future approaches in the organization. In the implementation, we support the partner with our broad practical experience.

Where do you see challenges in implementation?

The current challenges of our customers are essential drivers for the content of the AiD blueprint. I would be happy to give you a few examples: Agile methods and practices are implemented half-heartedly and not in a process-oriented manner - with the result that essential activities to meet standards are not tackled or tackled too late.

In our customer projects, we regularly encounter that concepts for safeguarding data security and product security (including UNECE, SOTIF, functional security, cybersecurity) are developed far too late. This is dangerous.

As before, many development projects are driven from the electronics or hardware point of view, although the majority of the functionality is created in the software - keyword »Software Centric Organization«.

There are also numerous examples for the product life cycle: Many of the services in and around mobility are based on mastering data. There is often a lack of systematic handling and management of data, from development to operation, such as connectivity or data operations.

But I also see classics, such as the late inclusion of internal and external interfaces such as production, service, or sales. And then of course there are the challenges of achieving and maintaining the maturity and process capability to meet the agreed time, costs, and quality.

How will Automotive integrated Development change the work in the development units?

The work in development has already changed massively because of globalization: Teams work on a project across time zones and cultures. Numerous partners in the supply chain contribute to a system. Current trends such as digitization, machine learning, connectivity and new mobile solutions increase the dependencies. Therefore, AiD is the right answer to the amalgamation of locations, value creation partners and, finally, technologies - we create transparency over the value chain and the entire product life cycle.

Mr. Hertneck, thank you very much for this interview!

The interview with Christian Hertneck, Principal at Kugler Maag Cie, was hosted by Mrs Olga Henzel.