Monday, November 30, 2020
Ever since Tesla showed the way to improve features of an entire vehicle via over-the-air software updates, traditional car OEMs started claiming that they, too, are ramping up software development efforts to design “software-defined vehicles.”
However, as The Essex once sang, “it’s easier said than done.”
While software-centric vehicles make a good talking point for automakers’ shareholders, the idea of actually building and maintaining a huge in-house software team is more pipe dream than in-the-pipeline — especially for automakers who’ve never actually written tens of millions of lines of code.
Apparently, Elektrobit (Erlangen, Germany), a leading embedded software supplier for the automotive industry, saw this coming.
The company unveiled Wednesday “an industry first software platform” called EB xelor.
The software platform is designed for car OEMs and tier ones to accelerate development of next-generation automotive architecture. EB xelor consists of production-proven software from Elektrobit, in addition to open-source and third-party software. EB xelor is a collection of foundational software that OEMs and tier ones can simply pick up and turn on, instead of chewing up time and engineering resources to reinvent someone else’s wheel.
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