The electrical/electronic architectures of today’s vehicles are reaching their limits in terms of complexity and performance. Connectivity, electrification, shared mobility, and last but not least, automated and autonomous driving require great amounts of computing power. Accordingly, the central computing power with corresponding functions is concentrated in a few, but powerful central High-Performance Computers (HPCs), while Zone Control Units (ZCUs) consolidate vehicle functions in physical zones and ensure the reliable execution of tasks. This supports further decoupling of software and hardware and simplifies continuous updates and improvements to the "lifelong learning" vehicle.
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Reduction of System Complexity
Increasing system complexity and functional growth bring today’s decentralized electrical/electronic architectures with many singe Electronic Control Units to their limits. Centralized server-based architectures clean up the existing electrical/electronic system in the vehicle. Reduction of stand-alone ECUs and wiring harness allow an overall architecture optimization, leading to less weight and CO2 emissions.
Consistent Separation of Hardware and Software
High-Performance Computers enable efficient and consistent separation of hardware and software so that both OEM and 3rd party software can be integrated and updated over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. This allows HPCs to serve as integration platform for software and services from various providers. Hypervisors on an efficient hardware enable secure processing of feature and functions across domains.