Can You Design Tomorrow’s Electric Vehicle With Yesterday’s IT Systems?

Automobiles are more sophisticated than ever, incorporating electric systems for connectivity, navigation, entertainment, enhanced safety, and autonomous functionality. To compete in this age of rapid innovation, manufacturers must adopt methods that allow them to develop the products of tomorrow, starting today.

In today’s rapidly changing automotive environment, companies need to be innovative to the point of anticipating what consumers want before they even ask for it in order to stay competitive. Download the white paper to learn how Aras PLM can manage your digital thread so your business can collaborate with your enterprise and supplier chain.

White Paper Summary

Today, personal vehicles offer more than simply a means of transportation; they also provide connectivity, navigation, entertainment, as well as the assurance of occupant safety and convenience through intelligent safety systems and autonomous functionality. As quickly as new consumer demands evolve, companies need a vehicle development process that can quickly adapt to new business models, rapid advances in vehicular and manufacturing technologies, changes in global regulations, and even changes to the global demand. Today’s vehicles are no longer mechanical machines, but rather a complex ecosystem of hardware, electronics, and software. Man landed on the moon with less complex systems and systems of systems than are in today’s vehicles. There is no anticipating what tomorrow’s consumers will require.

To increase development agility, companies need enterprise software that can evolve quickly to fit their increasingly changing needs. Additionally, interdisciplinary, collaborative processes are more important than ever across all aspects of the design stages. Companies can no longer afford to cascade development from one discipline’s silo to the next. Concurrent engineering has become an absolute necessity.

As the need for maintaining relationships between disciplines, early visibility, and ad hoc collaboration grows, a single, integrated data representation of the emerging design and changing requirements is increasingly necessary. At the same time, data in all its forms, i.e., documents, decisions, changes, configuration, specifications, statuses, etc., needs to flow effortlessly from the first requirements, to engineering and production, all the way through to maintenance and end of life.

OEMs developing tomorrow’s vehicles are often dependent on yesterday’s technology to support the development process. Companies often rely on legacy systems that need to be maintained and operated with great effort and considerable expense. These legacy systems often have rigid architectures that cannot be configured rapidly enough to support emerging, unanticipated requirements.

Aras’ resilient platform extends throughout all phases of the product life cycle, across disciplines, locations, and supply chain. An open, resilient architecture enables companies to implement change incrementally. It can synchronize data from old systems while those systems continue to meet the business needs of the company while addressing new requirements with simple configuration, and incremental deployment. Agile and open platforms that manage hardware, software, and electronics are necessary to empower the design of tomorrow’s vehicles today.

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