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Aptiv’s latest investment shows that software-defined vehicles are here to stay


Automakers keen to sell vehicles loaded with features and software services — in a bid to generate more revenue — have an information overload challenge.
These so-called software-defined vehicles contain myriad systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) running anything from electric powertrains to driver assistance features to infotainment. The crux is that they all must work in concert. 
Car sensors like cameras and radar capture data, translate it and send it the powertrain to enable features like emergency braking. It all has to happen in real time, within milliseconds, while simultaneously not interfering with the Spotify a driver is streaming through the vehicle. 
A wave of startups have cropped up over the past several years to manage these critical information flows. TTTech Auto, a Vienna-based automotive safety software prov …

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