Is the Age of the Automotive V-model Over?
The V-model has been central to rigorous vehicle engineering for decades. However, there are three factors that could be used to argue whether the V-model is still a good fit for the automotive industry as we move into the connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) era. The first is the shift during development towards simulation to reduce costs, which means that testing runs can be done quickly, reminiscent of the software development AGILE methodology. The second is the need to monitor vehicles after production due to ever-increasing software functionality on a vehicle. This is for two reasons: firstly, the software over the lifetime of the vehicle would need updating, and secondly, monitoring is required for incident response in the event of a cyber-attack. Since the V-model traditionally doesn't consider the product after the vehicle enters the market, there is an absence of a widely accepted model to follow.