To enable software-defined vehicles, a new generation of E/E architectures is on the way

Many in automotive are recommending a shift to zonal electric/electronic architectures. But what would this look like in practice? By Jacob Moreton

Even just a few years ago, few automotive insiders could foresee the scale of the software revolution that the industry now faces. Where hardware was once the primary locus of innovation, now it is software that attracts attention and investment. Autonomy, electrification and connectivity are all set to shape the industry for the next decade and beyond; but will that even be possible if the complicated electric/electronic (E/E) architectures of current vehicles remain unchanged?  

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