Aptiv unveils Smart Vehicle Architecture
Aptiv PLC has unveiled what it says is a "modern, sustainable vehicle architecture" that it intends for automakers to use to improve safety, increase vehicle efficiency, and deliver the intelligently connected, software-defined experiences consumers want.
Aptiv's Smart Vehicle Architecture (SVA) debuted at CES 2020 in response to what it says it is today's vehicle architectures that have reached an impasse and are no longer able to handle the rapidly increasing software and hardware complexity of feature-rich and highly automated vehicles. Aptiv also says that the SVA is suited to support OEMs' unprecedented investments in electrification. According to the company, the intersection of these trends—exponential increases in software-enabled functionality, vehicle electrification, and intelligent connectivity—will have a profound impact on the future of mobility and society.
"Automakers will need to adopt a new vehicle architecture to unlock software innovation and actually bring to market the innovative concepts on display across CES," said Kevin Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aptiv. "As a full systems solutions provider, uniquely positioned with both the brain and nervous system of the vehicle, we know that Smart Vehicle Architecture is the right approach to enable the future of mobility."
Aptiv says its SVA is a sustainable open platform that lowers total cost of ownership and enables feature-rich, highly-automated vehicles. It is also built to meet the most stringent functional safety and cybersecurity standards. Additional benefits reportedly include:
- Unlocking new software-enabled functionality. According to the company, today's vehicles are complex and costly to develop. SVA's intelligent abstraction, standardized interfaces, and scalable compute lower costs by allowing software applications to be developed independent of the hardware and reused across platforms, providing scalability on the path towards full safety automation.
- Reducing complexity. Many of today's features are highly distributed among individual controllers. SVA is intended to drive significant consolidation by centralizing compute power into more manageable zone controllers, while also separating it from I/O to allow for the easy addition of features, says Aptiv. The zone controllers provide an interface to the sensors, manage the power, and provide compute functionality inside the zones that can be used for feature consolidation. For central compute, SVA's Open Server Platform can allocate computing resources to both safety-critical, and non-critical functions, providing maximum performance and flexibility while optimizing cost. According to the company, these changes reduce weight and packaging space for compute by 25%.
- Accelerating development cycles. Current development, test, and validation processes must be done sequentially. SVA's abstraction of software from hardware and separation of I/O from compute enables independent parallel development cycles, shortening time to market and allowing for significant software reuse. The company expects SVA to reduce system integration and testing costs, as well as software-related warranty costs, by roughly 75% each, while eliminating the need for model year updates.
- Providing modular architecture that simplifies manufacturing. Aptiv says its architecture is designed for the factory of the future, where automation will ensure quality and help lower costs. Its modular zonal architecture with Dock & Lock connection system enables designs for simplified manufacturing and vehicle assembly, while common sub-assemblies result in 25% fewer SKUs, says Aptiv. Additionally, Aptiv believes OEMs that adopt SVA will require 20% less factory floor space for assembly of the electrical architecture.
- Unlocking new business models. Aptiv's server-based central compute, Aptiv Open Server Platform, supports over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware updates, enables performance enhancements, and optimizes data analytics with edge compute. It also provides an open platform and development ecosystem to leverage third-party innovation.
Aptiv is displaying its Smart Vehicle Architecture and high-voltage electric vehicle solutions inside the company's pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas. In addition to SVA, the company will showcase advanced solutions designed to save lives, efficiently meet environmental and security standards, and empower automakers to deliver the unique and differentiated user experiences that define their vehicles.
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