Software Defined Vehicle
Objective: Research and design a cost-effective vehicle electronic
architecture focused around supporting software defined through-life
Challenge: Design a highly generic and efficient architecture using only
open standards, expanded hardware and software supply chain, and no
proprietary or bespoke components.
The Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) is a concept vehicle platform design concept
focused on simplifying, generalising, and standardising hardware & software
components of a complex mobile (vehicle) platform, and enabling software-based
capabilities, system development & operation, and through-life upgrades.
The system design is heavily based on safety and security, and modularity for
rapid updating and upgrading. The SDV concept design is considered suitable for
a diverse range of complex mobile platforms such as commercial vehicles,
autonomous mobile platforms, and manned/unmanned military vehicles.
- Decouple Software and Hardware components and have minimal to no
interdependencies, to allow asynchronous, rapid, and cost-effective
refresh, update, upgrade, and re-development cycles.
- Use standardised abstraction and middleware layers to support
black-box commercial OEM component integration.
- Design primarily for machine-based control and system operation.
- Concurrently develop and evaluate each component independently
and as an integrated system.
- Non-proprietary and widely available network communication
Based on IPv6 and IPsec and incorporation of other advanced
- Support application based capability (APPSTORE)
Fully abstract the underlying hardware & software systems
and enable black-box design of capabilities.
- Extended security evaluation
Open up system design for public review from early stage
using open access test-beds.
Each module is considered independent, transparently replaceable, and able
to inter-communicate directly.
Base / core platform system and electronic architecture.
Crew Station system and electronic architecture.
Network communication design principles, protocols,
abstraction, middleware, etc.
Safety and security core middleware.
Situational awareness sensors subsystem.
- SDVdas (military platforms only)
Defencive Aid Suites subsystem.
- Mechanical, structural, and electrical aspects are out-of-scope.