Automotive manufacturers are rushing to keep up with Chinese manufacturers who are setting the pace for development to levels previously unseen in the traditional market. Due to the robust automotive safety standards and resulting testing needs, the technology in a brand-new car is likely to be five to seven years old. Chinese manufacturers are closing that gap to be closer to three to five years. Both silicon and software testing validation need to happen as quickly as possible to accelerate development, often in parallel with one another.
One way the industry is lessening the time to market for vehicles is by using electronic digital twins technology, which can be utilized for an entire vehicle, its software, electrical system, SoCs, etc., to detect performance issues, test new features, and optimize features throughout the entire design and manufacturing processes. Digital twins, virtual models or representations of a system under development, can also be used for “vehicle electrical/electronic (E/E)-system” validation, allowing for a shift-left approach in automotive design that is invaluable for shortening design and development cycles. That’s because it permits early hardware and software integration and frontload testing. Additionally, silicon lifecycle management technology, with data collected from in-vehicle sensors for analysis, can deliver insights that will support root-cause analysis, predictive maintenance, and aging and degradation management.