Data governance & the importance of Vehicle & Digital/Enterprise architecture (Part 1)

14 August 2020

We are living in interesting times, where all of us are now more dependent on data to make decisions every day than ever before. Governments and the public have been taught a huge lesson from the pandemic. Current to the present and the future, the pandemic has brought data, cloud infrastructure, and digital technology to the forefront and demonstrated how critical it can become to managing difficult situations effectively and efficiently.

For us technologists, that have been preaching on this potential predicament for a long time, it is unfortunate to see that society, governments, and private companies are only now beginning to recognize this, mainly just a result of the current situation.

Technology is here to improve our lives and always has been. It allows us to reach results faster and in a more efficient manner whilst utilizing our time to tasks appropriate for our capacity. With this philosophy in mind, Y-Mobility has been working diligently for the last 3 years, with an aim in getting a clear comprehension of the challenges that the automotive and mobility industry is facing. To better understand how we can support the industry with our knowledge and our partners to solve these challenges whilst providing feasible and reliable solutions.

The challenges:

Due to the acceleration of software-based functionality in vehicles and the demand for customers to have a better digital experience, digital transformation has become a key differentiating factor in the automotive industry. To address this, the automotive industry has been overlaying features and digital functionalities on top of their existing (legacy) enterprise systems architectures. At the same time, they have been developing more advance infotainment systems and telematics units that require and capture a lot of data, added to an already enormously complex (and not data-driven) vehicle architecture.

What is more, the rapid rise of demands from stakeholders to ensure mobility services – that depend and demand information from the car and user – begin developing business models that generate a Return on Investment (ROI) to stakeholders, have contributed to the automotive becoming even more complex and hazy than ever.

This leads us to the present climate, where the current trends of Connectivity, ADAS, and Mobility are forcing us to address and devise, what is probably, the biggest, most complex piece of systems engineering on the planet. Managing this, in conjunction with hugely complex legacy engineering is at least very difficult but more importantly, is not financially viable. It is one of the main reasons that Elon Musk decided to create a new company in 2006 to start from zero, in order to allow Tesla to design for the scalability and abstraction necessary for data and controls.

The “system” has three main areas that make technical issues even more challenging:

  • Vehicle architectures as well as Critical & Embedded Control Systems.
  • Cloud & Enterprise Architectures, a digital and legacy integration challenge
  • Integration of the two architecture as an edge and data strategy challenge

In this blog, we are going to focus on the integration challenge. To be more specific we are going to take a holistic view to explain why a data platform that creates orchestration between different architectures is important and critical for the future success of the automotive and mobility industry.

Future vehicle data architecture:

Currently, we have two different “flavours” of architecture in the markets: On the one hand, the classic OEM’s that are transforming their business to be more agile and have a domain-oriented architecture. On the other, Start-Ups OEMs that want to develop an architecture that is modular flexible and allow then to scale up. Even though this sounds quite simple, the level of system complexity and integration in a large-scale deployment level are making the future of vehicles, one of the most complex system designs ever.

However, classical OEMs and Start-ups have a similar vision and aspiration of the functionality of the future as demonstrated in the Image below.

Keep an eye out on Part 2 of our Blog coming out in 2 weeks time on our website and social media!

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