Criteria for Selection of Vehicle Electrical Architectures for Emerging Markets 2010-36-0069
The purpose of this study is to establish the criteria of
election of an electrical architecture tailor-made for the emerging
markets, to be applied during the whole vehicle's
A literature review about related subjects as the meaning of
"electrical architecture," its techniques, criteria and
methodologies of development, and the definitions of emerging and
developed markets is also presented.
Based on the bibliographical research, documentary analysis and
unstructured interviews with active members of the automotive
industry, the criteria for election of electrical architectures for
emerging markets was established, as well as their describers and
swing-weights, required by the use of the additive aggregation
method - a multi-criteria decision taking method.
The criteria were applied in two case studies of automotive
industry: the developments of a low-cost hatch vehicle and a
mid-size luxury sedan vehicle, both designed for emerging
By the study of cases, it was possible to compare solutions of
architectures adopted in the past, in the present and for a near
future, for developed and emerging markets, and validate the use of
the adopted criteria.