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– Aired November 18, 2021 –

RTI Automotive Forum

Rewiring E/E Automotive Connectivity for the Software-Defined Vehicle

The race to software-defined vehicle architecture is underway. Driven by rapid, disruptive technology leaps, OEMs are testing how to pivot from traditional vehicle architectures toward a more flexible, scalable approach required for the next-generation electrical and electronic (E/E) vehicle design. This architecture must integrate software and hardware from multiple vendors, support compliance with evolving standards, and enable continuous feature and performance improvements. Its data connectivity, in turn, must provide flexibility, scalability, compatibility and portability to different hardware components. In addition, rigorous – and evolving – safety and cybersecurity requirements add yet another level of complexity to be addressed.

We invite you to view the on demand version of an interactive, three-hour virtual forum hosted by RTI, as they discuss and explore the fast-changing dynamics of future E/E architecture. 

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Guest Panelists & Speakers

Koenigsegg Automotive AB
MAHLE Electronics
NXP Semiconductors
Telefonica Tech

Speaker Spotlight

Bob Leigh

Senior Market Development Director, Autonomous Systems


Bob Leigh
David Fidalgo



David Fidalgo
Alexander Kocher

Former CEO

Elektrobit Automotive GmbH

Alexander Kocher - Elektrobit
Chafik Driouichi, PhD

VP of Software & Electronics Engineering

Koenigsegg Automotive AB

Chafik Driouichi
Taco Olthoff

Product Management

TomTom IndiGO

Taco Olthoff
Bart Vermeulen

Technical Director

NXP Semiconductors

Bart Vermeulen
Bart Renka

Automotive Account Director EMEAI, IPG


Bart Renka
Santiago González-Aurioles Fernández, PhD

OT Security Category Leader | Cybersecurity

Telefonica Tech

Santiago Gonzalez-Aurioles
Alfredo Perez Pellicer

Global Head of Product and Program Management

MAHLE Electronics

Alfredo Perez
David Barnett

Vice President of Products and Markets


David Barnett
Pedro Lopez Estepa

Market Development Director, Automotive




November 18, 2021 (CET)

16:00 – 16:10
Opening Remarks
Bob Leigh, Senior Market Development Director, Autonomous Systems, RTI
16:10 – 16:50
Panel Discusion

The Path Towards the Software-Defined Vehicle


  • David Fidalgo, CEO, Y-Mobility
  • Alexander Kocher, Former CEO, Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
  • Chafik Driouichi, VP of Software & Electronics Engineering, Koenigsegg Automotive AB
  • Taco Olthoff, Product Management, TomTom IndiGO
  • Moderator: Pedro Lopez Estepa, Market Development Director, Automotive, RTI

This panel will feature:

  • The reality behind the software-defined vehicle. The integration level and challenges in this transition.
  • In addition to the SDA, what are the most relevant innovations the industry will phase and how will the final user benefit?
  • Safety and cybersecurity considerations of software-first approaches.
16:50 – 17:20
Challenges and Solutions for Next-Generation E/E Architectures

Bart Vermeulen, Technical Director, NXP Semiconductors

Car manufacturers are exploring alternative E/E architectures to address the trends towards autonomous driving, electrification and service orientation. The adoption of these architectures, however, is not without challenges with respect to, for example, the software distribution, communication and timing. This presentation will introduce and explain two solution areas that help address these challenges: Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and service-oriented architectures (SOA). The talk will feature an illustrative use case to show the value of their combined use.

17:20 – 18:00
Panel Discussion

Next-generation Vehicle Architecture and Infrastructure Challenges


  • Bartholomaus Renka, Automotive Director EMEA, ARM
  • Alfredo Perez Pellicer, Global Head of Product and Program Management, MAHLE
  • Santiago González-Aurioles Fernández, Ph.D. OT Security Category Leader, Telefonica
  • Moderator: Pedro Lopez Estepa, Market Development Director, Automotive, RTI

This panel will feature:

  • Challenges adapting to evolving market expectations. How will the automotive supply chain adapt to the new software development paradigm including the impact of the telecommunication infrastructure?
  • Warranty, Liabilities and IP considerations for the supply chain of the future in terms for co-development and infrastructure communication.
  • Technical and Commercial Differences between the connected and the autonomous vehicle. Safety and Cybersecurity implications from the cloud to in-vehicle communication.
  • Reference platforms, continuous integration and in-house development, terms that will have a new meaning in the future of automotive design. 
18:00 - 18:30
RTI Announcement

New software in Connext Drive for Next Gen E/E Architectures.

David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets, RTI

Next-generation vehicles will require significant upgrades to traditional vehicle architecture in order to address the major limitations that the automotive industry is facing today, some of which could potentially lead to new business opportunities. To guarantee the desired level of innovation, software-defined vehicle architectures must provide flexibility, scalability, compatibility and upgradability on different hardware components.

RTI is working with more than half of the top 10 funded vehicles startups. This session will discuss the definition and implementation of a modern vehicle architecture in order to unlock the potential of next-generation vehicles that these companies are building, including safety and cybersecurity requirements.

Come learn about the new Connext Drive features and how they will reduce both cost and risk in your next vehicle program using automotive grade stacks together with the world’s leading Automotive suppliers.

18:30 – 18:45

Watch On-Demand!