Collaboration looks to accelerate automotive software test automation

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TietoEVRY, a Finnish-Swedish software and service company, and Qentinel, a provider of robotic software testing solutions, recently announced that they will work together on Adaptive AUTOSAR software test automation.

Combining Qentinel’s Pace Tool and TietoEVRY’s expertise, the collaboration is designed to enable automotive manufacturers to test Adaptive AUTOSAR software components and speed up development cycles.

“Agile software development is one thing, but agile testing is very important as well,” noted Adam Konopa, automotive business development manager at TietoEVRY. “Consumers expect reliable and bug-free software, and to ensure this, automotive companies must implement test automation on a large scale.”

Both companies say they want to provide the automotive industry with new value-adding tooling to make Adaptive AUTOSAR software development more efficient. Together they aim to address the challenges around the integration of the new software test architecture.

“One of the most recent and important trends in automotive is the separation of software and hardware,” continued Konopa. “Adaptive AUTOSAR Architecture allows a virtualizing environment where the software stack can be deployed and adaptive services and applications can be run. This approach helps to eliminate many errors, bugs and integration issues in early phases. Once the hardware is available, the software can be integrated and already prepared test suits can be run in a target environment.

“Evolving the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform is very important for the automotive industry. Market megatrends like autonomous driving, connected vehicle and high-performance computing enforce changes to E/E architectures. The role of software is becoming more and more important.”

Konopa concluded, “The adaptive software platform is the answer to cope with increasing software complexity. There is a need for flexibility and continuous development of the software during the vehicle lifecycle. This brings new challenges but at the same time new opportunities for car manufacturers. The development cycle of the software will not end once installed in the car; the next versions of the SW will be installed frequently over-the-air. High software quality is needed continuously.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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