What does AUTOSAR actually stand for and what job opportunities arise through AUTOSAR?

Long established as a standard among our automotive customers, AUTOSAR is becoming increasingly important in other sectors, such as agricultural engineering. But what does AUTOSAR actually stand for, what can you do with it and and what job opportunities arise through AUTOSAR? To find out the answers to these questions, we went ahead and asked someone who knows a thing or two about it: our colleague Patrick – Team Manager AUTOSAR

Patrick, would you please briefly explain what AUTOSAR is about?

AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) is a worldwide development partnership. Since 2003, a consortium of OEMs, Tier-1s and suppliers from the automotive, electronics, semiconductor and software industries has been working on the development and introduction of an open and standardized software architecture. AUTOSAR’s goal is to simplify the exchange and reusability of software and hardware in order to manage the growing complexity of electrical and electronic systems in vehicles.

In the past, there were a multitude of standards that had to be considered during software development, e.g. OSEK & ISO – today AUTOSAR brings everything together. Since the application software can be designed independently of the hardware, errors can be detected and corrected in an early stage of development. This brings great economic advantages because the later errors are detected, the more cost-intensive it is to rectify them. In addition, the reusability of software solutions leads to an increase in quality by not having to reinvent the wheel over and over again and a lot of time can be saved during development.

In Rülzheim we have our own team of experts with currently 10 employees. But it is also possible to work in the AUTOSAR sector while being at another location. In addition, there is a separate division on the subject of AUTOSAR, the aim of which is to advance the development of the topic. In total, about 40 people throughout Germany are working with Classic AUTOSAR. In the area of the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform there are already 20. Both areas will continue to grow in the future. The Adaptive Platform, for example, is laying the foundation for implementing automated driving and connected services.

What opportunities and development opportunities exist within field of AUTOSAR at ITK?

AUTOSAR encourages exciting topics at all levels. In our projects, we deal with almost everything that software development has to offer: from architecture consulting to application development – model-based and hand-coded – to the deepest embedded challenges.

For experienced embedded developers, Classic AUTOSAR offers an exciting opportunity to build up additional knowledge that is up-to-date and needed in many areas. With Adaptive AUTOSAR, software engineers have the opportunity to further develop themselves using a forward-looking approach.

Of course, all new AUTOSAR colleagues and AUTOSAR newcomers are taken by the hand and intensively trained in the topic. We have set up a small mentoring program and offer internal training, as well as an AUTOSAR training platform, in order to be able to apply the theory in practice.

Thank you Patrick for the interview!

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