Today's vehicles contain many new features such as real-time traffic information, web radio or cloud-based personalization. But how does the specialist department safeguard these new software components in development? Software has been tested in the vehicle for decades. For a long time, the focus was only on safeguarding the drive components, where minor errors in software functions have no bearing on the functionality of the overall system.
When testing the functions in the infotainment area, this is precisely the challenge. This is because the vehicle occupants notice even the smallest error in the system during operation. Whether it is a connection failure with a smartphone, a crash of the music app or a button that is not reacting. The functional diversity of different software manufacturers, countless operating sequences and time-dependent behavior make manual testing almost impossible here. However, until recently, this was exactly the approach that was used. Instead of automating, more test benches were purchased and even more testers were hired. The massive problems in safeguarding led to the big bang and thus to a rethink in the sector. There is no way around the automation of tests and the generation and parameterization of test cases.