The challenges regarding regulations on software updates also relate to both the management system and type approval. Particularly noteworthy with regard to the challenges to the management system is the need to ensure the traceability of end-to-end processes for the development and delivery of software components and to guarantee the compatibility and dependencies of software components over the entire life cycle of the vehicle. Furthermore, the software components installed in vehicles must be documented and verifiable at all times.
For type approval, proof of the effectiveness of technical devices against the manipulation of software is of particular importance. A further challenge is that the installation of the update in the vehicle is secure at all times, leaves no scope for manipulation and that the vehicle owners and authorities are informed about it.
In order to meet these challenges, various approaches have proven to be success factors for us. Starting with the creation of an integrated implementation plan with all certification aspects including pre-audits, employee qualification, IT landscape and vehicle projects, the early establishment of the necessary technical infrastructure for a suitable asset management (VIN-accurate tracking of software components) has proven to be a critical success factor. In addition, the early introduction of technical requirements into vehicle/platform projects (RxSWIN, protection of diagnostic functions, …) has proven to be a successful approach.