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AVL and Partners Combine Expertise for Faster, Safer and Affordable Development of Software-Defined Vehicles

EU-project FEDERATE unites automotive- and semiconductor industry as well as research

  • Automotive-, supplier-, semiconductor industries and research join forces under the leadership of AVL to foster the development of software-defined vehicles
  • The aim is to identify, define and design software and hardware components that serve as a basic functional requirement for the operation of all software-defined vehicles
  • The primary goal is to, among other things, achieve a faster integration of updates and new functions

The vehicle of the future is software-defined. To drive developments forward, the EU is bringing together key stakeholders from the automotive-, supplier- and semiconductor industries as well as research institutions in project FEDERATE, respectively the Chips JU Framework. The aim of the partners from seven countries is to lay the foundation for safe, efficient, powerful and reliable software-defined vehicles. Among others, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Infineon and the Technical University of Munich are on board.

Graz, Austria, May, 2024: In the coming years, the cooperation partners want to identify, define and design software and hardware components that will serve as the basic functional requirements for the operation of all software-defined vehicles. Thanks to the pre-competitive exchange of methodologies and tools as well as collaborative work in an open source ecosystem, development time and costs can be significantly reduced. New interfaces enable updates as well as new functions to be integrated more quickly. In addition, vehicles will be able to access new cloud services faster, more efficiently and more securely – catch-word smart charging or e-banking.

Peter Priller, Principal Technology Scout AVL: "The new approach makes it possible to continuously improve safety and comfort in the vehicle through software updates and enhancements. For example, it will be possible to use artificial intelligence directly in the vehicle without having to give up data sovereignty."

Georg List, Vice President Corporate Strategy AVL: "Cooperation between the automotive industry in the field of software is important and forward-looking. Together we create innovative solutions and collaboration models. We are proud of the trust the EU and the industry have in AVL to lead FEDERATE."

Gereon Meyer, Head of European and International Business Development, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH: "With the software-defined vehicle, functions can be updated via an app, just like with a smartphone, without having to replace the physical hardware. This is possible because of the increasingly centralized control of vehicle electronics. However, a coordinated approach is required for maximum safety, efficiency and reliability. The FEDERATE project plays an important coordinating role here."

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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