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The Rise of the Software-Defined Vehicle

Executive Summary

The definition of the software-defined vehicle (SDV) remains in flux, with stakeholders having different interpretations, criteria and expectations. Wards Intelligence defines SDVs as vehicles in which features and functions are enabled primarily or entirely through software. This enables lifecycle management and the delivery of new functionalities over the air (OTA). SDVs offer the flexibility to change key functions and even the nature of hardware through software. Convenience, security, safety, driving performance, and connectivity-related features can be added, altered or upgraded OTA at any time throughout the lifespan of the vehicle. This tracker presents the differences between Semi-SDV and SDV, relationship between SDV and BEVs, and SDVs offered by traditional vs start up manufacturers. 

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