Browse Publications Technical Papers 2003-01-0139
2003-03-03

Development of Modular Electrical, Electronic, and Software System Architectures for Multiple Vehicle Platforms 2003-01-0139

Rising costs continue to be a problem within the automotive industry. One way to address these rising costs is through modularity. Modular systems provide the ability to achieve product variety through the combination and standardization of components. Modular design approaches used in development of vehicle electrical, electronic, and software (EES) systems allow sharing of architectures/modules between different product lines (vehicles). This modular design approach may provide economies of scale, reduced development time, reduced order lead-time, easier product diagnostics, maintenance and repair. Other benefits of this design approach include development of a variety of EES systems through component swapping and component sharing. In this paper, new optimization algorithms and software tools are presented that allow vehicle EES system design engineers to develop modular architectures/modules that can be shared across vehicle platforms (for OEMs) and across OEMs (for suppliers). Approaches presented in this paper use matrix clustering and graph based techniques. The application of the approach is illustrated with an example from the automotive industry on the development of a modular EES system that can be shared across multiple vehicle platforms.

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