Automotive developers work on connected, electric and autonomous technologies
Perforce Software, a provider of solutions for enterprise teams requiring productivity, visibility, at scale within SDLC, today released the results of a global survey of automotive technology professionals. The main results suggest continuing concerns about the security, safety and quality of software; the growing effects of electric and autonomous / connected vehicles on development and the continued focus on compliance.
With the increasing prevalence of electric and autonomous / connected vehicles, software is even more central to automotive development. The increasing scope of software in vehicles, however, leads to many security considerations during the development process. Our survey found that the top three concerns of automotive software developers are safety (43%), safety (22%) and quality (21%).
“Electric, autonomous and connected vehicles are the future of the industry,” said Stuart foster, Product Manager for Klocwork and Helix QAC at Perforce. “With more software components added to these vehicles, ensuring the safety and security of this software will remain a major concern for automotive teams. “
For those most concerned about security, 40% said their biggest concern was meeting customer expectations for compliance with secure coding standards, such as MISRA.
“MISRA has been the cornerstone of automotive software development for many years, but ensuring that software is compliant can be time consuming without the right tools, such as a static code analyzer,” said Jill britton, Chief Compliance Officer at Perforce.
The development of electric, autonomous and connected vehicles is also having an impact on development teams. Most teams work on electrical components (48%), connectivity components (49%), and stand-alone components (44%) to some extent.
The survey found that 88% use some coding standard to ensure safe, secure and reliable code, and 86% use MISRA and AUTOSAR. Additionally, 39% of respondents use a static code analysis tool to facilitate compliance and 44% use a SAST tool to ensure software security.
As more software is added to vehicles, around 70% of teams are taking advantage of game development technology. The most common uses of game development technology are product testing (34%), digital twins (29%), and prototyping (19%).
“Game development technologies, including Unreal and Unity, are fast becoming a key driver in the automotive industry. Development teams in this segment are already using these technologies as part of their prototyping and testing activities to reduce development costs, ”said Katie cole, game and virtual production evangelist, director of product marketing at Perforce.
The results of the survey are available in the Automotive Software Development Status Survey 2021 Results.