With digital business estimated to reach $225 billion by 2020, original equipment manufacturers are moving towards modular designs and the opportunities that are presented through connected infotainment systems. The integration of connected cars with the digital value chain has opened up opportunities for multiple players to contribute to this expanding eco-system. With our experience in digital business and automotive solutions, Mindtree is well positioned to use plug-and-play architectures to create a multi-product platform that ensures original equipment manufacturers, Tier-1s & after-market specialists, can unlock the digital value embedded in the eco-system.
While this is exciting news for original equipment manufacturers, these advancements in infotainment must be aligned with Active Safety features being implemented in automobiles today. This means that new infotainment features must be designed and deployed with driver safety in mind. At Mindtree, we’re continually looking for ways to improve automobile safety while expanding infotainment capabilities. So Mindtree joined the Automotive Open Systems Architecture (AUTOSAR) Associate partnership in February 2015 to fulfill our commitment of harmonizing infotainment with Active Safety and smart car technology.
Since joining AUTOSAR, our Connected Car Center of Excellence has expanded to develop AUTOSAR compliant Active Safety projects, which are already in the prototyping stage. Projects include road surface monitoring, driver drowsiness detection and other initiatives, all helping to make a safer future for automotive manufactures and tomorrow’s drivers.
Our AUTOSAR partnership has already helped us to accelerate the development life cycles of our initial projects. The AUTOSAR standard interfaces, services configurations and application-level abstraction have allowed us to create solutions that work within the automobile ecosystem. We can reuse these interfaces for future projects making the solution scalable. In addition, component and unit tests are also part of the infrastructure with standardized interface instrumentation code created by the tool platform itself. This allows us to use instrumented code to help with faster development process. These benefits greatly outweigh the trade-offs of non-AUTOSAR solutions.
In the upcoming blogs we’ll discuss two of these solutions we’re implementing: one detects road conditions such as potholes and speed bumps; the other uses innovative technologies to alert drivers when they show signs of drowsiness. Stay tuned.