For Automakers, Software Is The Core Today

T Murrali
10 Oct 2023
04:57 PM
1 Min Read

Software defined vehicles are also being influenced more by the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon.

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Ramamurthy Mani, Engg Dir, MathWorks, believes that developing software defined vehicles (SDVs) is influenced more by the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon than the traditional companies.

“What we do internally is to drive our software similar to what the automotive industry is asking for. Automakers were earlier delivering vehicles but software today. A significant cost of vehicle development, in terms of value, is in software,” Mani told Mobility Outlook on the sidelines of Automotive Conference 2023 in Chennai organised by MathWorks.

According to him, the industry was in the early stages of understanding how ChatGPT could be a disruptor. “We are trying to put an axis to our own tools used through ChatGPT which can advise people on using the tools that we provide,” he said. Some of the large language models can “do well without actual training”.

Earlier in the day, while delivering the keynote address, Mani said architecting SDVs through model-based design shows how engineers can use them for software conceptualisation, component design, software integration and testing. The model-based design enables higher quality and reliability of the final product, he added.

The conference brought together engineers, automotive professionals, researchers and academicians to discuss the latest trends, innovations and challenges in the automotive industry.

Sunil Motwani, Country Head of MathWorks India, said, 'The event highlighted the influential role of SDVs and enabled MathWorks to showcase how MATLAB and Simulink can help automotive engineers drive innovation.'

This year's conference had a range of top guns from the industry including Sanjeev Madhav and Asawad Kulkarni from Tata Consultancy Services, Sivakumar Uppaluri (Volvo), Bhanu Prakash Padiri (Continental), Ujwala Karle (Automotive Research Association of India), Neema Nair (Cummins), Dr Philip Jose (Mahindra Last Mile Mobility), Bhupesh Tekade and Armelle Guerin (Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India), Hariharan Lakshminarayanan (Stellantis), Dr Manaswini Rath (KPIT), Gerd Winkler from Vitesco Technologies and many more.

There were panel discussions and technical sessions on topics such as 'The Transformative Journey of Software-Defined Vehicles with Model-Based Design' and 'Celebrating Women in Automotive.” The event had three parallel technical sessions and a masterclass focussed on EVs, SDVs and automated driving. There was also a technology showcase on smart test benches, battery feel analysis on cloud and operationalising artificial intelligence algorithms for range and estimation.

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