The complexity inherent in autonomous vehicle design will push the tools and methodologies used by automotive engineers to their limits. This is especially true in the electrical and electronic systems domains as they come to dominate the operation of a vehicle’s safety-critical systems and convenience features.
To compete, autonomous car manufacturers will need a new design methodology that enables young engineers to design accurate and optimised systems, which can only be done by capturing the experience and knowledge of veteran engineers. They will need generative design.
This white paper from Siemens explains in depth the extensive systems required for autonomous vehicles. The significant challenges for the engineers tasked with not only the design element, but, a car with level two autonomy, for example, may feature active cruise control, a lane departure warning system, lane keep assist, and parking assistance. Furthermore, the application of generative design and engineering is assessed as the increasing electrical and electronic content of modern vehicles is already pushing current design methods to their limits, yet the complexity of automotive systems will only continue to grow in the future.
The piece will determine what needs to be taken in to account as movement continues towards level 5 autonomy…and ultimately, what this really means.