Hanoi, Vietnam–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Haassis DEC, former CIO R&D Mercedes-Benz, Mr. Frank Steinert, NXP Semiconductor, and fellow automotive technology specialists from FPT Software, Kinh Nguyen and Dzung Dinh, recently discussed the future of car technologies hybrid and electric. Global experts believe that future cars will not only be electric and self-driving, but will also interact with each other to avoid crashes and traffic jams. The transition to electric vehicles (EV) necessitates an increase in demand for software engineers.
Global electric vehicle sales over the past 10 years have increased 100-fold, from 55,400 (2011) to 6.8 million (2021), according to a report by the International Energy Agency. The introduction of Tesla’s Model 3 in July 2017 has largely contributed to this trend.
Meanwhile, global regulations on reducing carbon emissions have accelerated the transition from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric vehicles. Last year, the European Union proposed an effective ban on ICE from 2035, accelerating the shift to electric vehicles.
It is very likely that the end of ICE will happen soon. UBS, a global financial services consultant, predicts that 20% of all new cars sold worldwide will be electric by 2025 and increase to around 50% by 2030. Some experts predict that 100% of all new cars will be electric by 2040.
Around the world, “the transition is already underway” Mr. said Dzung Dinh. “Nowadays we see a lot of electric vehicles on the road, Tesla, Ford in the US. GM, Audi, Mercedes in the EU. In Vietnam, we already have the VF e34 on the road, and others product lines will soon be introduced.
Along with the predicted dominance of electric vehicles is the growing importance of software in the automotive industry. This is because the industry demands a wide range of proprietary software, especially for EV manufacturers, such as monitoring, navigation and maintenance software. As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, software needs are also likely to change.
Commenting on this, Dr. Siegmar Haasis, Founder and CEO of Haasis Digital Engineering Consulting and former CIO R&D of Mercedes-Benz, said “For the past 20 or 30 years, the industry has been dominated by hardware and software is just the consequence. Now he’s gone from a 90-10 ratio to a so-called 50-50. Everyone wants to become a software-defined, software-bound business.
Also, software is changing the way cars are made, Digital Twins technology being one example. Digital Twins is a digital representation of a car from different angles that encompasses all of its capabilities. Many automakers are applying Digital Twins to replace the way they traditionally validate physical asset monitoring. “With digital validation [using Digital Twins], the product creation process can be shortened from 3-5 years to about 12 months. And it can save up to 30% of the hardware prototype cost” – stressed Dr. Siegmar Haasis. However, as Frank added, “there will be many digital twins for each of the models throughout the lifetime.”
As a result, there is a growing demand for software engineers in various automotive departments. From the perspective of employers, Mr. Kinh Nguyen, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Automotive and Manufacturing at FPT Software, said that even then, employers “I won’t find them in the US, EU or Asia.” He proved it by showing several articles calling for 5,000 or even 10,000 new software engineers.
To address the critical situation, last July FPT Software hosted the Automotive Tech Show 2022, connecting more than 1,000 engineers and tech students with a passion for vehicles with leading employers. The company is committed to promoting the development of high quality human resources for the automotive technology industry.
FPT Software is the first Vietnamese company and one of 21 development partners of AUTOSAR, the standardized architecture created by leading automotive service providers and corporations.
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