MOST Network and System Building a MOST Infotainment System in a Networking Environement

Car manufacturers are forced to reduce time to market if they develope a new infotainment system.
Car manufacturers are forced to reduce time to market if they develope a new infotainment system.

The rapid progress of consumer electronics forces car manufacturers to significantly reduce time to market (TTM) when creating a new infotainment system or implementing new features in existing systems. The growing value of software in the automotive industry and the complexity of modern systems both increase the importance of the software development process. TTM can be improved by accelerating this process, but this must not compromise the reliability of the software components. Methodologies that are able to optimize the software development include automation of the process and parallelization of its steps. However, this means that development tools have to support those methodologies.

Tvices and computing networks is another challenge coming from the consumer electronics world. In this area, the proportion of products that support Internet connectivity, especially when using wireless technologies, is rising sharply. User data is shared between different devices, Internet services and enterprise applications as well. The next step is to provide the customer with the opportunity to keep all the data in the cloud and synchronise the devices with it. The infotainment system in a vehicle will be a part of this environment, of course, with limitations according to automotive safety requirements. A tool that automates the communications between automotive devices and end-user products can simplify and speed up development.