Nexteer Automotive, which is a key player in the steering and driveline segment has announced plans to set up a software center in India and thus expand its global software team. Currently, it has software teams based in different locations across the globe like its Global Technical Center in Saginaw in the United States and regional Technical Centers in Tychy in Poland and Suzhou in China While these three centers will focus on upstream software development and R&D innovation, the planned software center in India will deal with downstream software production and validation in order to ensure quality and regulatory compliance.
Geoff Krieger, executive director of Electronic Systems and Software, Nexteer Automotive said that the company’s software business model and global team have the goal of delivering innovative software solutions with speed, flexibility and seamless vehicle integration the company’s OEM customers across the globe, Currently, the role of software in vehicles, especially in the case of safety-critical steering is evolving at a rapid pace. Hence, the demand for Nexteer’s smart software solutions from automotive OEMs is expected to grow exponentially,” said.
Nexteer is now scouting locations in India for its Software Center and will continue to invest in scaling up its software capabilities over the next several years.
The company’s software plays a safety-critical role – including cyber security – in products like Steer-by-Wire and Electric Power Steering Systems that facilitate technologies for advanced safety functions and automated driving.
Software also plays a key role in cyber security. Nexteer designs software structures with multiple layers that can identify and authorize information and command flow between the steering system and other controllers. With the transition to connected vehicles and automated vehicles, Nexteer’s cyber-secure steering technologies become even more critical.
The number of lines of code required for such components is truly amazing, as 14.3 million lines of code are needed in Nexteer’s SbW and 4.3 million lines of code are needed in Nexteer’s EPS. When co – compared to 400,000 lines of code required in the first space shuttle.
Nexteer’s customers include leading car manufacturers like BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and Volkswagen, as well as Chinese and Indian car manufacturers.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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