The hardware layer consists of sensors and actuators – like cameras and radar, which make advanced driver assistance systems possible. It also hosts an exceptionally powerful and scalable computing platform. Reducing the number of controllers and saving more than one kilometer of wiring harness per car, this architecture will boost computing performance.
Our electric and electronic architecture
Decoupling of software and hardware
While most hardware goes through innovation periods of four to six years, software follows much shorter cycles, from one year down to just weeks. That's why their separation is the key to the car of tomorrow. It allows us always to apply the newest software to several hardware platforms – enabling updates, function expansions and additional services throughout the vehicle’s entire life cycle.
Few but powerful components
Maximizing performance is all about reducing complexity. Our hardware such as sensors and actuators is grouped in zones and linked to control units via high-speed data connections. Just three computing modules host all the software and are responsible for vehicle operation, body, motion, and energy; for networking, communication, and security; and for connectivity.