Elektrobit moves up the food chain in ADAS software development

June 26, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Embedded software vendor Elektrobit (EB) and carmaker Daimler are strengthening their partnership for developing Daimler's embedded driver assistance software. This enables EB to take over responsibility for driver assistance software engineering, allowing Daimler to focus on its core business, in delivering innovative vehicles, such as the new E- and S-Class. With EB assuming the role of direct software supplier for Driver Assistance at Daimler, a model is being introduced for collaboration with carmakers in general.

"This close cooperation between Daimler and EB, with EB taking the role of a direct software provider for driver assistance, is unseen before in the automotive industry. It underlines the growing importance of software as a key differentiation factor also in the driver assistance area, for both luxury and mass market vehicles", says Alexander Kocher, President of EB's Automotive Business Segment. "It also mirrors the increasing separation of software from hardware components. Together with Daimler we are now developing strategies to meet the growing complexity of driver assistance", continued Kocher.

During the last two and a half years, Daimler delivered more than 230 version releases with 75 series approvals with EB. Driver assistance systems - including the software they are running - are a safety-critical component in modern cars. They help to prevent drivers from falling asleep, detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking in case of emergency and take corrective measures automatically as soon as the vehicle has left its lane. EB supported Daimler in the development of these features. The support comprised function and implementation models, software implementation, module tests and integration tests for more than 200 software modules and more than 25 car series.

To meet the task of managing the growing complexity, EB has developed a new software factory concept for the driver assistance area. According to EB, the new concept will simplify the management of the rising number of versions and variants, shorten development time, reduce costs and improve quality.