A collaboration between Kontrol, dSPACE, FEV.io, TÜV SÜD, Microsoft Germany, T-Systems and Berylls is developing a new digital solution for the approval of updates for software-defined vehicles. The new concept for software-update approval via the mobile network, Digital Loop, will be showcased for the first time at IAA Mobility in Munich from September 4 to 8.
Before a new vehicle type with automated driving functions can be placed on the EU market, it must be tested under a variety of road and environmental conditions and validated. As software has become an integral part of vehicles, homologation – as this testing and validation process is known in the automotive industry – is now also mandatory for certain software updates. Today, it is already possible to carry out over-the-air (OTA) integration of software updates subject to homologation and even new functions into fully and partially automated vehicles. However, the processes involved are very time-consuming due to the strictness of the regulatory requirements concerned. Manufacturers, Technical Services and approval authorities therefore need a fast and reliable test procedure for approved vehicles that are already on the road.
Our mission is to revolutionize the validation and homologation of software updates in software-defined vehicles and shorten the time to market, while ensuring the highest safety standards and compliance with legal requirements in operation.