For decades, the traditional systems design “V-cycle” worked well for automotive engineers. Based on a linear approach, the V-cycle assumes that all systems requirements and use cases are known upfront, and that the development process ends at sign off. But in the new era of connectivity (V2X, 5G) and increasing autonomy (powered by AI and deep learning), all scenarios and system interactions cannot be fully understood during the automotive engineering process. This reduces the V-cycle’s relevance and underscores the need for new ways of thinking about automotive engineering and design.
What’s needed is a new process for developing the connected AV (autonomous vehicle)—one where the system under development is not a single vehicle, but in fact an ever-changing ecosystem that can never be fully understood, because it’s always changing.