Impact of Autonomous & Electric Vehicles in New Product Development

by Jonathan Hunt published on November 28, 2019

Product design in autonomous and electric vehicles requires a product architecture of systems, subsystems, hardware, and software, as well as requirements management and the "Engineering V." Electronics, hardware, and software in the product also necessitate new software standards. Automotive SPICE, a software capability standard required by many OEMs, has the voice of the customer translated into system architectural requirements, which flow down to system requirements, then to software architecture, next to software requirements, and finally into unit requirements. As the requirements flow down, customers, suppliers, sub suppliers must work closely together because product development of Functional Safety, SOTIF, Cyber Security, and AIAG-VDA FMEA demands linked development.

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Chad Kymal, the CTO and founder of the international consulting and training organization Omnex Inc., is a certified Lead Auditor for IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSSC 22000, HAACP, ISO 45001, AS9100, and ISO 13485. With more than 20 years in software development, he also assesses and works in automotive software for Agile, ASPICE, and Functional Safety ISO 26262 - Part 6. After graduating from the General Motors Institute, Chad spent a number of years working at General Motors and KPMG before founding Omnex in 1986. Over the course of his career, he has served on the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners and has received numerous quality achievement awards. He holds a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA Cum Laude from the University of Michigan.