STeP-IN Automotive Tech Conference


Evolution of Connected cars in Automotive domain and challenges from Quality Perspective

Innovation and evolution are key differentiators that we see around us, and one of the major differentiators in recent times, affecting the lives of people worldwide, is the internet. The world of internet banking, e-commerce, online education, telemedicine, and many other industries have leveraged the power of the internet.

Similarly, the automotive industry has undergone drastic changes in the last couple of decades and will continue to innovate in the future. From carts to cars, we are now in the era of connected cars.

A connected car is one that can be connected to the internet and is able to send and receive signals. There are numerous features that we can leverage in connected cars, including:

  • Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile App to remotely control the car
  • Parental Control (Geofencing and Speed alerts)
  • Mileage tracking
  • Controlling garage doors
  • E-Call (Emergency assistance in case of an accident)
  • Stolen vehicle assistance

However, there are very limited Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe (such as Suzuki, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Mitsubishi, etc.). For automotive productized service organizations, securing a deal with any OEM for connected car services is a challenge, especially given the cut-throat competition that demands both quality and cost optimization. Service is another major challenge for organizations providing connected car services.

There are several quality-related challenges that need to be considered, and a correct test approach is pivotal for success in today’s world. Some of these challenges include:

  • Integration of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI)/In-Vehicle Connectivity (IVC) from different vendors and preparing release plans and test plans in accordance with the IVI/IVC vendor development plan.
  • Availability of a test bench prior to test execution is crucial, and QA should have basic knowledge of embedded systems to debug bugs specific to the test bench.
  • Performance testing is essential prior to certifying a release, as the system needs to handle millions of vehicles that send multiple signals in an hour, resulting in an overall system load. Caching and queuing of data and requests become important in handling this load. Additionally, data storage serves as the backbone of Connected Car Service (CCS) systems, so QA should have exposure to cloud and performance testing tools for load generation, as well as knowledge of Data Lakes.
  • Security becomes a critical aspect as data is transmitted over the network.
  • OEMs have a global presence, so compatibility with different network providers is a challenge, and building a localized app for users worldwide adds to the complexity.

In summary, a Quality Assurance (QA) professional in the automotive domain should not only understand the domain itself but also have a strong technical background, as the overall CCS system integrates with network providers, embedded systems, APIs, microservices, cloud platforms, Data Lakes, and more. After attending this session, QA professionals will gain an understanding of the automotive domain, while those with automotive domain experience will learn about the challenges involved in certifying a build in the automotive domain.

Speaker Profile

Karundeep has 17 plus years of experience in I.T industry and have ample experience in automation testing, performance testing. He has worked with I.T giants like Adobe, PitneyBowes,Dell, Aon in past and now working in automative industry as QA director.

Karundeep Gill

Director QualDev, Aeris Communications India Pvt Ltd