Fast-track to software-defined vehicles

Fast-track to software-defined vehicles

PAC and T-Systems are pleased to announce the publication of a new whitepaper, “Fast-track to software-defined vehicles: How can OEMs cross the roadblocks that hamper the development of software-defined vehicles ?”. In this whitepaper, we aim to assess the current state of the art in the software-defined vehicles market and its opportunities.

The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transformation, while facing uncertainty. As a matter of fact, established automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) have to face multiple crises: supply chain depletion (semi-conductors…), the war in Ukraine, and inflation leading to a downward sales trend as passenger cars registrations decreased by -15.4% YoY in Europe in June 2022, the lowest month of June in record since 1996 according to the ACEA (The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, that unites Europe’s 16 major car, truck, van and bus makers).

Amid all these crises, a longer-term transition to a new paradigm forces OEMs to act: the software-defined vehicle. Fuel or electricity consumption will be reduced, traffic will become safer, and new business areas for the automotive industry and third parties can be created. The European automotive sector must adapt to this new conjuncture of CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, electrical) and digitization and consider the need for incorporating software, sustainability, and supply-chain resilience in their business model. The transformation to the software-defined vehicle will help the automotive industry overcome this downturn period while also being a part of the solution to certain issues, such as security or sustainability. It is not surprising then that European OEMs and tiers-1 suppliers are investing massively in R&D. A large amount is spent towards reducing the gap in electric vehicle conception, but also on software-defined vehicles and autonomous driving research projects. Automotive is the most significant private contributor to the EU’s R&D expenditure in 2020, with €58.8B invested, far ahead of what has been financed by Japan (€32B), the US, or China the same year, according to the ACEA. Various initiatives are underway to build the car operating system of the future. OEMs are used to selling a product; now, they move towards selling an experience.

In this whitepaper, we will dive deep into why softwarization is a matter of life and death for the automotive sector, list the main use-cases and give the major market trends of software-defined vehicles.

Finally, we will tackle how do IT providers such as T-Systems accompany the automotive industry in this journey to software-driven digital transformation.

Click below to download the white paper. 


PAC invites you to a webinar, in cooperation with T-Systems and Automobilwoche, explaining how your company can overcome these challenges. PAC’s whitepaper commissioned by T-Systems will be presented. Afterwards, high-ranking experts from the industry will discuss how you as a company can significantly increase your speed towards data-driven business models.

Speakers :

  • Dina Capelle, Senior Industry Analyst, PAC
  • Dr. Christian Hort, Senior Vice President Automotive, T-Systems
  • Martin Schleicher, Head of Software Strategy, Continental
  • Joachim Klink, Head of Autonomous Driving & Integrated Mobility, T-Systems
  • Dr. Matus Banyay, Manager EV Cloud Services, Ford of Europe

Moderation : Michael Gerster, Reporter Automobilwoche

Click here to register for the webinar