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A Future Dynamically Reconfigurable Automotive Software System
The University of Greenwich.
Daimler AG.
Volvo Technology AB.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7048-0108
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2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the Elektronik im Kraftfahrzeug, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Embedded software systems in vehicles are of rapidly increasing commercial importance for the automotive industry. Current systems employ a static run-time environment; due to the difficulty and cost involved in the development of dynamic systems in a high-integrity embedded control context. A dynamic system, referring to the system configuration, would greatly increase the flexibility of the offered functionality and enable customised software configuration for individual vehicles, adding customer value through plug-and-play capability, and increased quality due to its inherent ability to adjust to changes in hardware and software. We envisage an automotive system containing a variety of components, from a multitude of organizations, not necessarily known at development time. The system dynamically adapts its configuration to suit the run-time system constraints.This paper presents our vision for future automotive control systems that will be regarded in an EU research project, referred to as DySCAS (Dynamically Self-Configuring Automotive Systems). We propose a self-configuring vehicular control system architecture, with capabilities that include automatic discovery and inclusion of new devices, self-optimisation to best-use the processing, storage and communication resources available, self-diagnostics and ultimately self-healing. Such an architecture has benefits extending to reduced development and maintenance costs, improved passenger safety and comfort, and flexible owner customisation.Specifically, this paper addresses the following issues: The state of the art of embedded software systems in vehicles, emphasising the current limitations arising from fixed run-time configurations; and the benefits and challenges of dynamic configuration, giving rise to opportunities for self-healing, self-optimisation, and the automatic inclusion of users’ Consumer Electronic (CE) devices. Our proposal for a dynamically reconfigurable automotive software system platform is outlined and a typical use-case is presented as an example to exemplify the benefits of the envisioned dynamic capabilities.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-81522OAI: diva2:497576
Tagung, Elektronik im Kraftfahrzeug, Systeme von Morgen - Technische Innovationen und Entwicklungstrends. Dresden, Germany. June 27-28 2006
QC 20120529Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-05-29Bibliographically approved

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