We have all seen plenty of car advertisements showcasing a vehicle violently smashing into an obstacle and how its safety features save the life of a crash-test dummy inside. These demonstrations display just a fragment of the tests that automobiles undergo, particularly at the end of their development. Long before a brand-new car can be slammed into a barrier, every single component of the machine must be comprehensively tested. As automotive technology advances and vehicle architecture becomes increasingly complex, this only gets more challenging.
Automotive developers have made remarkable progress over the last 100 years. Everything from mechanical improvements to electronic advancements to, more recently, software innovation, has powered disruption from system to silicon. This has also increased the importance of software platforms that can validate, test, and mimic the behavior of a real cockpit. The success of the software-defined vehicle, whose functions and features are fundamentally enabled by software, is growing at an incredible pace, as we get closer to cars driving themselves.
This results in rising complexities for automotive OEMs and their suppliers as they try to keep pace with advancements in an already competitive market landscape. For chip designers and verification teams, components in nearly every part of modern automobiles need to be rigorously tested and validated for safety, security, reliability, and quality as well as making sure the software performs as intended with each of those components properly — compounding the challenge. The consequence is extended testing time for engineers and longer feedback time for developers across the development cycle.
Read on to learn about how Synopsys is accelerating automotive software development, and the road ahead for the automotive industry.