Nex­teer Au­to­mo­tive plans elec­tronic power steer­ing plant in Chen­nai

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Nex­teer Au­to­mo­tive is plan­ning to set up a plant in Chen­nai for man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tronic power steer­ing which is ex­pected to be func­tional by 2018 Q3. Nex­teer is also ex­pand­ing its strate­gic soft­ware in­vest­ment and global soft­ware team by an­nounc­ing in­ten­tion to open a Soft­ware Cen­tre in Ben­galuru. The Soft­ware Cen­tre will be the lat­est ad­di­tion to the com­pany’s global soft­ware team that op­er­ates un­der one dig­i­tal roof with lo­ca­tions in Sag­i­naw, US; Ty­chy, Poland; and Suzhou, China. Nex­teer Au­to­mo­tive presently has cen­tres Pune and Gur­gaon.

Safety crit­i­cal steer­ing sys­tems

Nex­teer’s soft­ware plays a safe­ty­crit­i­cal role, in­clud­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity, in its prod­ucts such as Steer-by-Wire (SbW) and Electric Power Steer­ing Sys­tems (EPS) that are key gate­way tech­nolo­gies for advanced safety func­tions and au­to­mated driv­ing. “It is all about safety and per­for­mance. As ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy evolves to in­clude vary­ing lev­els of advanced safety fea­tures and in­creas­ing lev­els of au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, our steer­ing soft­ware en­sures the safety net is ‘al­ways on’ in our Steer-by-Wire and Advanced Electric Power Steer­ing Sys­tems. In ad­di­tion to our hard­ware re­dun­dan­cies, our soft­ware is built for si­mul­ta­ne­ous, multi-path pro­cess­ing to strengthen this safety net,” said Krieger said.

“Soft­ware also plays a key role in cy­ber se­cu­rity. We not only de­sign hard­ware mod­ules on the semi-con­duc­tor level for cy­ber­se­cure steer­ing, we also de­sign soft­ware struc­tures with mul­ti­ple lay­ers that iden­tify and au­tho­rize in­for­ma­tion and com­mand flow be­tween the steer­ing sys­tem and other con­trollers. As ve­hi­cles adopt more advanced elec­tron­ics to en­able au­to­mated driv­ing, in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity and V2X com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Nex­teer’s cy­ber­se­cure steer­ing tech­nolo­gies be­come even more crit­i­cal.” As Nex­teer continues adding func­tion­al­ity and advanced safety fea­tures to its steer­ing sys­tems, the num­ber of lines of code re­quired is as­tound­ing: 14.3 Mil­lion lines of code re­quired in Nex­teer’s SbW; and 4.3 Mil­lion lines of code re­quired in Nex­teer’s EPS, com­pared to 400,000 lines of code

Soft­ware cen­tre

Nex­teer’s Global Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Sag­i­naw, in tan­dem with re­gional Tech­ni­cal Cen­tres in Ty­chy and Suzhou will con­tinue fo­cus­ing on up­stream soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and R&D in­no­va­tion. The new Soft­ware Cen­tre in Ben­galuru will fo­cus on down­stream soft­ware pro­duc­tion and val­i­da­tion en­sur­ing qual­ity and com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions. The com­pany has in­vested over 2 Mil­lion USD for over­all ac­tiv­i­ties for the fis­cal year 2019. Nex­teer is plan­ning to hire around 50 peo­ple to start with for In­dia Soft­ware Cen­tre and will go up to 100 - 200.

“Nex­teer’s soft­ware busi­ness model and our en­hanced global team struc­ture is based on de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive soft­ware so­lu­tions with speed, flex­i­bil­ity and seam­less ve­hi­cle in­te­gra­tion for our global au­to­mo­tive OEM cus­tomers. The role of soft­ware in ve­hi­cles – and es­pe­cially in safety-crit­i­cal steer­ing – is evolv­ing quickly. Con­se­quently, au­to­mo­tive OEMs’ need for Nex­teer’s smart soft­ware so­lu­tions to their com­plex chal­lenges has grown ex­po­nen­tially,” Ge­off Krieger, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Elec­tronic Sys­tems and Soft­ware, Nex­teer Au­to­mo­tive, said.

Nex­teer views its soft­ware and elec­tron­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties among its key dif­fer­en­tia­tors and ex­pects mar­ket de­mand for its soft­ware ex­per­tise to grow. Con­se­quently, Nex­teer is scout­ing lo­ca­tions in In­dia for its Soft­ware Cen­tre and will con­tinue in­vest­ing in soft­ware ca­pa­bil­i­ties over the next sev­eral years.

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