Deloitte has launched a new strategic cooperation effort with automotive artificial intelligence company Aurora Labs, to bring combined expertise and technology solutions to automotive companies as they continue to evolve their processes, methodologies, and technologies.
The partnership aims to give car makers new approaches for software release management and over-the-air updates. Further, it aims to help them manage state-of-the art technologies embedded into modern vehicles while maintaining the ability to meet safety and security regulatory requirements while driving a faster development cycle for new vehicle functionality and features. Software defined vehicles are the next evolution of the automotive industry, capable of managing operations, adding functionality, and enabling new features primarily or entirely through software.
“To enable the software-defined vehicles of the future, complex development challenges exist,” Andi Herzig, Global Head of Automotive Risk Advisory at Deloitte, said in a statement. “The integration of complex software deliveries throughout a supply chain distributed across the globe while applying necessary quality and process standards is an unsolved issue. Aurora Labs’ AI insights are needed by OEMs and suppliers to assure that development and quality processes are manageable, fast, and follow the highest quality standards. This is especially true since the software of a car needs to be maintained after delivery through OTA (over-the-air) updates over many years.”
The Tel Aviv, Israel-based Aurora Labs was founded in 2016 and has offices in the U.K., U.S., Germany, Sweden, North Macedonia, and Japan. The company has raised approximately $100 million in funding and has been granted 90 patents related to its AI-powered Vehicle Software Intelligence product suite, which focuses on the embedded systems that are key to the development of software-defined vehicles, helping automotive manufacturers better manage software costs and the resources required to develop and manage new vehicle features.
The combined capabilities of the two companies is set to help vehicle manufacturers drive up to 30% efficiencies throughout software development, quality assurance, certification, and over-the-air maintenance with data and insights that will help make software defined vehicles better, safer, and ready to grow alongside the emerging technologies that will drive new features.