Easily capture your vehicle data through an on-board diagnostic port

On-board diagnostics (OBD) interfaces have been in cars for a long time, since 1996 in the United States. Typically, they are only used by service shops and car inspectors but there are also other uses for it. Since OBD-II is basically a serial port, the hardware needed to use it is simple and readily available. (…)

Why does automotive quality management still lack attention to software?

How many lines of software are there in a modern car? Ford F150, like the name suggests, runs on approximately 150 million lines1. And how many lines are there in a modern passenger jet? Should be more, right? The Boeing 787 Dreamliner carries, in fact, only seven million lines2. In an F150, a single subsystem (…)

Test Automation in a Modern Automotive Product Development

Part 1 of the blog series on Test Automation   Note: Test Automation covers several distinct areas of testing a product, and can entail anything where a test is completely or partially automated. The reasons for automating testing include e.g. increasing testing performance, minimizing human error and performing complex or cumbersome tests or measurements not (…)

Cybersecurity in connected cars – how do consumers see the rising cybersecurity threats?

The year 2017 saw a steady increase in the number of cybersecurity incidents as well as initiatives aiming to counter threats. Consumers experienced the incidents largely as a nuisance when some operations discontinued. Organizations hit by the incidents experienced the same nuisance as downtime which translated into additional costs. Developing regulatory actions against cyber attacks (…)

Through-Stack Development in Automotive Systems

Introduction to Through-Stack Development (Part 1) Building the connected carputers of today and tomorrow is no trivial thing. On one side you have great expectations on new features brought on by vehicles taking a digital leap, a push towards faster time-to-market and expected cost savings from integrating multiple systems into one. On the other hand (…)

Phone Industry Changed Forever. Automotive Industry: You’re Next.

When Steve Jobs launched the iPhone over a decade ago, it surely revolutionized the whole phone industry. It did not only have a well working touch screen, but it had completely rethought the usability from the ground up. If you look at the history of phones from the very beginning (I’m talking about you, Mr. (…)


Software Defined Car

During the past 100 years, there has been only one major technical revolution in cars: combustion engine in 1890s. In the following 10 years, we will see not just one but four major disruptions in the industry: connectivity, electrical vehicles, self-driving and car sharing. In all of these the enabling technology is software. Where cars (…)



10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020, stated The Self-Driving Report of BI Intelligence 2016. The movement towards autonomous driving is inevitable, no matter when the self-driving cars will become a reality for larger masses. OEMs like Tesla, Mercedes and BMW have or are soon launching ADAS features that give the (…)



“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today a historic commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year.” (…)