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Increasing Software in Automobiles – Can ALM-PLM Help?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Readers following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012) at Vegas this year would have unmistakably noted car makers showing off their latest and greatest gizmos. As MSN noted in its editorial: “Audi, Chrysler, Ford, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru all used North America’s largest trade show to demonstrate advances in in-car infotainment, showcase next-generation alternative-powertrain vehicles and offer conceptual visions of how technology will power cars not only a few years from now, but well into the future.” And most of the latest innovation in automobiles is being done using software. Wired magazine in its article “Software Takes On More Tasks in Today’s Cars” notes “According to one study, 90 percent of the innovation we’re seeing within the auto industry is driven by advancements in software and gadgetry.” IEEE Spectrum ran an article some time back titled “This Car Runs on Code” where it put out some in-depth statistics: “It takes dozens of microprocessors running 100 million lines of code to get a premium car out of the driveway, and this software is only going to get more complex.”


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